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Gary Miller's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 31, Republican
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Gary Miller refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Gary Miller. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Gary Miller voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Gary Miller voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Gary Miller voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Gary Miller voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Gary Miller voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Gary Miller voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Gary Miller voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Gary Miller voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Gary Miller voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Gary Miller voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (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 Gary Miller a rating of 20 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Gary Miller voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Demand Federal Funding For Abortion Be Banned In Any Health Care Reform. 3 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, the administration and congressional Democrats are currently wheeling and dealing behind closed doors attempting a government takeover of our Nation's health care system. Additionally, the Democrat scheme provides a back door to allow for the government funding of abortion. [¦] I call on my colleagues in this House to demand that Federal funding for abortion is banned in any and all forms of health care funding." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. ObamaCare Update: Taxpayer Dollars Will Be Used to Fund Abortions. 16 July 2010. "This week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will provide $160 million in taxpayer money to Pennsylvania to set up a new high-risk insurance pool that will cover any abortion that is legal in the state. Although the Majority claimed that the government-run health care bill would not lead to taxpayer-funded abortions, the law does not contain a specific, statutory prohibition in the legislation. This essentially means that there is no restriction on federal dollars from flowing to insurance plans that cover elective abortions under the state exchanges created by the legislation. The health care law also increases funding for 'community health centers' by $2.5 billion, which are not explicitly prohibited in the bill from using the funds to pay for abortions. Because of these egregious provisions, Congressman Miller has cosponsored legislation that would expressly prohibit any federal funding for abortion coverage through the government exchanges, community health centers, or any other program created or funded by the government-run health care law. He will continue to fight for the unborn and will not abandon the sanctity of human life." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Capitol Connection Newsletter. 28 January 2011. "On Monday, scores of Americans braved bitterly cold temperatures in Washington to participate in the annual March for Life, expressing their support for the protection of innocent human life. Sadly, since the Supreme Court's flawed decision in Roe v. Wade thirty-eight years ago, more than 50 million abortions have been performed in the United States. As a father and grandfather, Congressman Miller believes it is important to protect the rights of the unborn, and has consistently used his voice and vote in Congress to do so. Recently, he became an original co-sponsor of legislation to permanently prevent the use of taxpayer funds for abortion. Currently, several policies must be approved separately each year - typically as amendments to appropriations legislation - to prevent abortions at taxpayer expense. H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, would combine these measures and make them permanent. This includes the Hyde Amendment, which bans funding for elective abortion coverage through federal health programs, and the Helms Amendment, which prohibits funding for abortion as a method of family planning overseas. The bill also ensures the conscience rights of doctors, nurses and other medical providers who oppose abortion. Congressman Miller urges speedy House consideration of this important legislation to protect taxpayers and promote a culture of life in America. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Gary Miller voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Miller. Capitol Connection Newsletter. 4 December 2009. "Months after General McCrystal's request for additional troops in Afghanistan, President Obama this week announced his long-awaited decision during a national address at West Point. Specifically, he plans to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan in the next six months to reinforce the 68,000 already there, and also requests American allies to boost their commitment. In addition, the President indicated that he will begin to draw down U.S. forces from Afghanistan in July 2011. While Congressman Miller is pleased the Administration has again recognized the Afghanistan war is one of necessity, he is concerned that arbitrary timelines will embolden the enemy and provide an advantage to the Taliban whereby they can just wait out U.S. forces. Out of commitment to our national security and troops, Congressman Miller will work with his colleagues in the coming months to ensure our Armed Forces are fully equipped to decisively win the war and come home safely. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Capitol Connection Newsletter. 23 May 2008. "As our nation prepares to observe Memorial Day, Congressman Miller this week joined more than a hundred of his colleagues in cosponsoring a clean troop funding bill. In sharp contrast to legislation approved by the House just last week, the measure would meet the immediate needs of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan without any extraneous domestic spending or restrictive war policy provisions attached. The measure cosponsored by Congressman Miller, the Clean Global War on Terror Supplemental Appropriations Act, would provide $178 billion meet to the needs of our troops deployed in harm's way through early next year. As Memorial Day approaches, Congressman Miller believes it is shameful that Congress has failed to adequately provide for our men and women in uniform. He will continue working to pass a troop funding bill without further delay and without needless strings attached. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?"
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Gary Miller voted Did Not Vote on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. House Fails to Approve War Funding. 16 May 2008. "On Thursday, House Democrats voted to deny funding for day-to-day combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Without action by Congress, current funding is set to expire in the middle of June at which point the Department of Defense would be required to begin temporarily laying off workers. During floor consideration of an emergency supplemental spending bill, Democrats voted to strip out $162.5 billion in funding for the needs of our men and women deployed in harm's way. In its place, the measure was amended to include language that would set an arbitrary timeline for withdrawal from Iraq, attach more than $21.2 billion in unrelated non-emergency spending, and enact a $54 billion tax increase targeted at small business owners. Congressman Miller strongly opposed this effort to hijack the troop funding bill for partisan ends. As the appropriations process moves forward, he believes firmly that Congress must provide our troops the resources they need by passing a clean troop funding bill without delay and without needless strings attached." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Miller. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Gary Miller voted Did Not Vote on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Gary Miller voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Issue Position: National Defense. 20 February 2012. "One of the highest priorities of Congress is to ensure that our military has sufficient funds and resources with which to carry out their critically important duties. Congressman Miller believes in a robust national defense and is working to guarantee that our forces are well-equipped, protected, and ready for future operations. He will continue to use his voice and vote in Congress to support our men and women in uniform." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. House Passes Legislation To Reform Defense Acquisition Process. 30 April 2010. "On Wednesday, the House overwhelming passed legislation to reform the organization and processes used by the Department of Defense (DoD) to manage service contracts and information technology, which account for approximately 80 percent of the Pentagon's procurement spending. This legislation is a result of a year-long comprehensive review of the defense acquisition system by the House Armed Services Committee. Last year, Congress passed and the President signed into law legislation to reform the major weapons acquisition process, which accounts for the other 20 percent of DoD's procurement spending. Among its provisions, the bill passed this week requires annual performance assessments be conducted for each element of the defense acquisition system and use these results to better manage the workforce. In addition, the bill creates a consistent process for each military department to review and establish acquisition requirements. Because this legislation will maximize the use of taxpayer dollars within DoD, Congressman Miller was proud to support this legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. House Fails to Approve War Funding. 16 May 2008. "On Thursday, House Democrats voted to deny funding for day-to-day combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Without action by Congress, current funding is set to expire in the middle of June at which point the Department of Defense would be required to begin temporarily laying off workers. During floor consideration of an emergency supplemental spending bill, Democrats voted to strip out $162.5 billion in funding for the needs of our men and women deployed in harm's way. In its place, the measure was amended to include language that would set an arbitrary timeline for withdrawal from Iraq, attach more than $21.2 billion in unrelated non-emergency spending, and enact a $54 billion tax increase targeted at small business owners. Congressman Miller strongly opposed this effort to hijack the troop funding bill for partisan ends. As the appropriations process moves forward, he believes firmly that Congress must provide our troops the resources they need by passing a clean troop funding bill without delay and without needless strings attached." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Capitol Connection Newsletter. 9 October 2009. "On Thursday, the House passed the conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The report authorizes $680 billion in funding for the Department of Defense and other important national defense activities, sets forth a comprehensive annual defense policy, and authorizes budget authority for the Pentagon for the coming year. Although these provisions are important to the security of our nation, during the House and Senate conference on the bill a constitutionally questionable and unrelated bill was attached. Specifically, this bill, if enacted, would create two new categories of federal crime. While certain groups are designated for special protection under the bill, similar protections would not be extended to senior citizens, expectant mothers, and a long list of others. Although Congressman Miller supports our troops and is committed to ensuring the safety of the American people, he had to oppose the conference report because he believes firmly that all crimes of violence should be severely punished and all citizens deserve equal protection under the law. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Gary Miller voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "c) Defense"
  • Gary Miller. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gary Miller voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Gary Miller. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Gary Miller voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Gary Miller voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Gary Miller voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Gary Miller voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Gary Miller voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Gary Miller voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Gary Miller voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (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

  • Gary Miller. Already High, Taxes About to Go Higher. 1 May 2008. "The simple fact is that our taxes are too high and our tax code is in desperate need of repair. That is precisely why I have cosponsored the Fair Tax Act which would overhaul our nation's tax code by abolishing all federal income taxes, death taxes, capital gains taxes, and payroll taxes, and replacing them with a national sales tax. At a time when the American economy is slowing down and the cost of living is increasing, taxpayers need to be allowed to keep more of their hard-earned money. The people of Southern California, who are already overtaxed, deserve no less." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Capitol Connection Newsletter. 16 April 2010. "Among its most egregious provisions, the Democrats' health care "reform' package raises taxes by $569 billion, which is the largest tax increase in American history. Under the new Washington-run health care system, Americans who already have private health insurance will have their plans taxed. In addition, those who do not have health insurance and do not want it will also be forced to pay a tax. The largest single tax hike in the bill -- $210 billion -- results from a 0.9 percent increase in the Medicare payroll tax on wages for job creators and small businesses, and a new 3.8 percent surtax on net investment income. The threshold amounts for these surtaxes are not indexed for inflation, meaning that although the taxes are aimed at high-income individuals today, they will reach increasing numbers of middle-income taxpayers over time. As a strong fiscal conservative and advocate for taxpayers, Congressman Miller opposes these outrageous tax increases, especially during these times of economic hardship. He will continue to fight to repeal the bill and start over with common sense market solutions to lower the cost of insurance for all Americans. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Facebook: Wall. 14 February 2011. "Today, the Obama Administration unveiled its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012 that will increase the size of the federal government, impose massive tax increases on job creators, and add to our national debt. [¦]" (www.facebook.com)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Gary Miller voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Gary Miller. Facebook: Wall. 2 December 2010. "Today, the House Democrats voted to raise taxes on half of all small business income. The Heritage Foundation estimates that as a result, the 42nd Congressional District will lose on average 1,642 jobs each year between 2011 and 2020; there will be an annual loss of $6,834 in personal disposable income; and there will be a total tax increase of $1.4 billion. Not a solution for economic recovery and job creation." (www.facebook.com)
  • Gary Miller. Just Around the Corner: The Largest Tax Hikes in History. 1 August 2010. "Since January of 2009, President Obama and Congressional Democrats have enacted into law $670 billion in gross tax increases. Of these new taxes, $316 billion will be collected through tax hikes that will hit middle class families, even though the President has pledged not to increase taxes for families making less than $250,000 a year. [¦] The lowest-income taxpayers will get bumped from 10 percent to 15 percent, the top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent -- which is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed -- and all tax rates in between will also rise. Simply put, these personal income tax hikes will mean less money for you and your family. It also means that small businesses will have decreased access to their own capital, which could result in job losses and an even weaker economy. [¦] All in all, rather than take more money from the American people to grow government, the answer is fiscal discipline in Washington and tax relief for working Americans. The American people already know that we can't spend and tax our way back to a growing economy. It's time for Congress to put the American people first and prevent these looming tax hikes from taking effect." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. The Problem with Taxing More, Spending More.1 September 2009. "Earlier this year, the House passed the Democrats' Fiscal Year 2010 budget which includes taxes directly aimed at small businesses. The budget raises the top two income tax rates from their current 33 and 35 percent levels to 36 and 39.6 percent, respectively. This will essentially increase taxes on all taxpayers earning more than $250,000 by eliminating the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. Because most small businesses do not pay corporate income taxes, and instead pay taxes on their individual returns, small businesses will be particularly hard hit by this $637 billion tax increase. [¦] While independent research has found that small businesses create seven out of ten jobs in our nation, the Administration and Congressional Democrats foolishly continue to raise taxes on these engines of job creation. Rather than decrease spending elsewhere in the government, they are extorting American taxpayers to pay for more government programs and intrusion, which are more often than not full of waste and fraud. In these times of economic hardship, taxpayers and employers should have greater access to their own capital so that jobs can be preserved, protected, and created." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Miller. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Gary Miller voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Time to Clean House: Billions Wasted on Duplicate Federal Programs. 1 April 2011. "The American people have made it clear: the federal government must learn to live within its means and stop spending money we do not have. Eliminating or consolidating duplicative federal programs is one common-sense approach that Congress should seriously consider to increase government efficiency, while limiting its size and cost. [¦] House Republicans will do our part to achieve this by making good on our Pledge to reduce the debt, stop the federal spending binge, and eliminate wasteful and superfluous government programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. State Of The Union Rhetoric Does Not Match Record. 29 January 2010. "During his State of the Union address on Wednesday, President Obama announced several proposals aimed to reign in the rapid increase in government spending. Of these initiatives, the President announced his Fiscal Year 2011 budget will propose a freeze in nonsecurity discretionary spending, which is only one-eighth of the federal budget, for the next three fiscal years. The proposal is expected to save $250 billion over 10 years, but the savings is small compared with Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) projected $6 trillion deficit over the next 10 years. While Congressman Miller welcomes the President's call for a spending freeze and hopes that it is a positive turning point, he is wary of this announcement since the President recently signed an omnibus appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2010 that increased nonsecurity funding by a whopping 12 percent. In fact, CBO just announced that this year's budget deficit will reach $1.35 trillion and described our nation's fiscal situation as "unsustainable." Although a spending freeze is certainly a step in the right direction, Congressman Miller believes Congress and the Administration can do better. To this end, he has consistently cosponsored legislation to force Congress to pass a balanced budget every year." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. House Approves Fiscally Irresponsible Budget. 14 March 2008. "On Thursday, the House passed a Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Resolution that ends tax relief for millions of American families, increases federal spending, and ignores desperately needed fiscal reforms. This resolution sets forth a budgetary blueprint that represents the largest tax increase in American history, taking almost $683 billion from taxpayers' wallets over the next five years. [¦] At a time when America faces a slowing economy and soaring costs of living, Congressman Miller believes the last thing the American people need is a tax increase. He will continue to advocate for fiscally responsible spending that funds our nation's vital needs while living within a sensible framework." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Highlights of President Bush's $2.77 Trillion Budget. 6 February 2006. "President Bush's fiscal year 2007, $2.77 trillion budget continues the successful pro-growth policies that have encouraged robust economic growth and job creation. A strong economy, together with spending restraint, is critical to reducing the deficit. The budget builds on last year's successful spending restraint by again holding the growth of overall discretionary spending (or funding debated by Congress during the budget process) below inflation, proposing to reduce non-security discretionary spending below the previous year's level and calling for the elimination or reduction of programs not getting results or not fulfilling essential priorities. Like last year, the budget proposes savings and reforms to mandatory spending programs (or automatic funding required by law), whose unsustainable growth poses the real long-term danger to our fiscal health. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Congressman Miller's Statement on House Defeat of Debt Ceiling Increase. 31 May 2011. "All across the country, families and business owners have had to tighten their belts and make difficult decisions to get through these lean economic times. Unfortunately the government has failed to reign in its own spending resulting in trillion dollar budget deficits and a national debt in excess of $14 trillion. Showing that they just don't get it, the Obama Administration has urged Congress to pass an increase in the nation's debt ceiling without any spending cuts or budget reforms attached. We were sent here to Congress to stop Washington's out-of-control spending and make difficult choices in order to get our nation's fiscal house back in order -- not enable the Administration to continue to borrow trillions of dollars that our children and grandchildren will have to repay. To get our economy moving again and create jobs, the government must put an end to reckless spending, prioritize federal dollars, and implement meaningful long and short-term measures that will get our debt under control. Today's vote demonstrates to the White House that the American people will not accept the status quo of borrowing and spending money we do not have." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Congressman Miller Outlines Principles for Economic Recovery . 30 January 2009. "Since my first term as Congressman, I have consistently cosponsored the balanced budget Constitutional amendment, which would effectively require Congress to pass a balanced budget every year and ultimately eliminate unnecessary and wasteful spending. Families all across our nation every day have to make tough decisions about what they can and cannot afford and it is time that elected officials follow their example. Fiscal responsibility is about striking a balance among competing demands and facing obligations not only to today's generation, but also to tomorrow's. In these challenging times, I will work hard to eliminate wasteful government spending while preserving funding for essential programs that keep America secure, maintain our vital infrastructure, and ensure our neediest citizens are cared for. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Capitol Connection Newsletter. 11 February 2011. "[¦]Contributing to the reduced unemployment rate was the exit of 504,000 Americans from the workforce due to the poor job market. Even more disturbing, according to Gallup's monthly employment survey, the underemployment rate which accounts for the number of unemployed workers, job-seekers unable to find full-time employment, and those who are discouraged from looking for work, stands at 18.9 percent. Despite promises that increased government spending would jumpstart our economy, these figures clearly show that our country must change course and give our nation's employers the certainty they need to grow and create new jobs. Congressman Miller will continue to work with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to pursue policies that will reduce the size and cost of government by reducing federal spending and the national debt, and eliminate costly and unnecessary federal mandates on job creators. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller 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 Gary Miller a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Gary Miller voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Miller. Statement by Congressman Gary Miller on August Jobs Report. 2 September 2011. "Today's disappointing jobs report demonstrates once again that spending trillions of dollars we do not have and threatening American families and small businesses with higher taxes does not create jobs. To grow our economy, we need to move away from the failed stimulus spending of the past two and a half years, and take common-sense steps to eliminate uncertainty among our nation's job creators. This includes tackling our massive national debt and learning to live within our means, reforming the tax code to provide relief to taxpayers and increase America's competitiveness in the global economy, and removing unnecessary and costly regulatory burdens on small businesses. Real, sustainable job growth comes from the private sector, not government spending and interference. It is time for Washington to get our fiscal house in order, and tear down obstacles to job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. The Democrats' Mantra: Tax, Spend, Regulate. 1 April 2010. "Although small businesses have made America prosperous, Democrat policies continue to cause uncertainty in the marketplace, which has paralyzed economic growth. Instead of providing incentives to create jobs, Congressional Democrats and the Administration have decided to increase taxes through government-run health care, cap and tax, "responsibility fees" for financial firms, and small businesses as the tax cuts implemented under President Bush are set to expire at the end of this year. Such tax increases will further discourage businesses from hiring, as well as raise the costs of the products produced and services provided. [¦] As this month marks tax day, Americans and small businesses now more than ever need to see their tax burden reduced. To this end, I have cosponsored legislation to prevent tax increases and also to simplify the increasingly complex tax code. In addition, broad tax cuts must be combined with significant decreases in government spending and reduced regulatory burdens. As Democrats are fighting to increase the presence of government in your everyday life, I am fighting against it. Now more than ever, we must reign in wasteful government spending and end the bureaucratic invasion." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 28 January 2009. "To accomplish this we must focus the stimulus on providing tax relief to struggling families and small businesses. Small businesses remain the life blood of the American economy and we must ensure that resources are in place to allow them to thrive. House Republicans propose to allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20% of their income, and allowing businesses to write asset depreciation off on their taxes at an accelerated rate, which will immediately free up funds for small businesses to retain and hire new employees. This is in addition to retaining the net operating loss carryback and expensing for small businesses, currently contained in the bill. To ensure business only hire legal workers and U.S. citizens, I am pleased the bill includes a four year reauthorization of the E-verify program and will work to make it mandatory and permanent. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Putting America Back to Work. 1 October 2011. "The fact is real job creation comes from the private sector -- not government spending and mandates. As we head into the final months of 2011, I will continue working with my colleagues to enact a pro-growth agenda that will remove the uncertainty that is preventing employers from expanding and hiring new workers. This will require us to cut spending and learn to live within our means; scrap onerous and costly regulations on our nation's small businesses; reform the tax code to provide relief to taxpayers and spur investment in our economy; maximize domestic energy production; and eliminate government waste of taxpayer dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Capitol Connection Newsletter. 16 April 2010. "As a tireless advocate of lowering all forms of taxes, Congressman Miller has been working hard in Congress to reduce the tax burden on hardworking Americans. To that effect, he has cosponsored legislation to make permanent the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, which include the child tax credit, the marriage tax credit, the elimination of the death tax, along with a permanent repeal of the alternative minimum tax. Congressman Miller has also cosponsored the Fair Tax Act, which would simplify the U.S. tax code by abolishing all federal income taxes, death taxes, capital gains taxes, and payroll taxes, and replace them with a national sales tax on the purchase of all new goods and services. Although the Majority continues to increase taxes on hardworking Americans and job-creating small businesses, he will continue fighting in Congress to reduce taxes and simply the complex tax code. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Gary Miller. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Gary Miller voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Gary Miller voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Rep. Miller's Statement On Tax Day. 14 April 2010. "Increased taxes and increased spending are simply not the right direction for the United States. In fact, as a result of Democrat policies, both the Congressional Budget Office and Chairman Bernanke recently called our nation's fiscal path "unsustainable.' Rather than head down an unsustainable fiscal road, Americans must be able to keep more of their own money and small businesses must have increased access to their own capital so private sector jobs can be preserved and created. Tax relief must also be coupled with reduced government spending -- America's greatness has never been marked by government dependency, nor will it ever be." (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

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  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Gary Miller. Legislation Restoring School Choice for Low-Income DC Students Passed by the House. 1 April 2011. "Despite having a rate of spending per student higher than any state, the public education system in the District of Columbia remains one of the poorest-performing in the country. In 2003, Congress passed a law to help ensure D.C. children have the opportunity to receive a quality education by creating the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), which provides vouchers for eligible low-income D.C. parents to send their children to a private school of their choosing. The law also provided federal support in the form of direct payments to the city's traditional school system and charter schools. After several successful years, the OSP was closed to new students in 2009 however federal payments continue to be allocated for DC public and charter schools and previously enrolled OSP participants. This week the House passed legislation to revive and expand the OSP through 2016. The bill retains the three sector approach, authorizing $60 million each year through 2016 to be shared equally among the scholarship program, D.C. public schools, and charter schools. In keeping with the House Republican pledge to reduce spending, the bill's authorization represents a $15 million reduction from current federal funding levels for DC schools. Congressman Miller is pleased that the bill was passed by the House, and hopes for its quick enactment into law to restore educational choice for the neediest families in the District." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Issue Position: Education. 20 February 2012. "Since being elected to Congress, Congressman Miller has made it a top legislative priority to improve our nation's education system. Congressman Miller is committed to supporting educational achievement and has worked to keep education a budgetary priority in Congress. Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders and it is important that they are given every opportunity to succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "SUPPORT INCREASING FUNDING FOR IDEA"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "d) Education"
  • Gary Miller. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Gary Miller voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Gary Miller. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Gary Miller voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. New Drilling Moratorium Threatens More Jobs in the Gulf. 13 July 2010. "This week, the Obama administration announced a moratorium on deepwater drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf which will last until November 30, 2010. This knee-jerk moratorium will further hurt families and small businesses along the Gulf Coast and threatens to ruin an already devastated economy. In addition, the drilling moratorium will also make Americans more reliant on potentially unstable regimes, meaning that oil will be transported thousands of miles to the U.S. on tankers that have historically accounted for more spills than have drilling platforms. Rather than kill more American jobs, Congressman Miller believes the Administration should focus on passing a comprehensive energy bill, such as the American Energy Production and Cost Reduction Act, a bill sponsored by Congressman Miller, to reduce our nation's costly dependence on foreign oil, boost our economy, and lower energy costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Issue Position: Energy. 20 February 2012. "Congressman Miller believes a comprehensive approach is the best solution to facilitate American energy independence. This includes increasing the supply of American-made energy in environmentally sound ways by opening the Outer Continental Shelf, Arctic coastal plain, and our nation's shale oil resources to drilling and refinement, as well as providing tax incentives to conserve energy and promote alternative forms of energy such as wind, solar, hydrogen, and nuclear power production." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Easing the Pain at the Pump with American Made Energy. 1 June 2011. "Last year, the Administration delayed scheduled oil and natural gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. It also announced more far-reaching offshore drilling restrictions to future energy production along the Pacific Coast, the Atlantic Coast, the Eastern Gulf, and much of Alaska. Furthermore, the EPA has pressed ahead with greenhouse gas regulations that will serve as a national energy tax on struggling American businesses, further hindering economic growth and job creation. At a time when our nation is facing economic hardship, it is unacceptable to increase the cost of energy, ship American jobs overseas, and severely restrict the production of American-made energy. To relieve the burden of high energy prices on families and small businesses, we need an "all of the above" energy plan that allows for exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; opens new American oil refineries; and invests in clean energy sources such as wind, nuclear, and clean coal technologies. By increasing domestic supplies of energy and increasing refining capacity, we can help drive down the cost of gas, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil, and create more American jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Congressman Miller Advocates for American Energy Independence. 1 July 2009. "The simple reality is that America has vast unexplored domestic energy sources that can be brought to market in an environmentally friendly manner. In order to make American-made energy more readily available, my proposal reduces regulatory burdens that delay advances in domestic energy production. Contrary to the Administration's severe restrictions on American-made energy, my plan ensures that all coastal waters off the United States are open for drilling and incentivizes states by sharing a portion of the revenue derived. It also uses the earnings from offshore drilling to pay down our national debt. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Capitol Connection Newsletter. 18 July 2008. "To reduce gas prices, Congressman Miller and 93 of his colleagues sent a letter on Monday to President Bush urging him to lift the presidential ban on the exploration of oil and gas in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). In response to the letter, the Administration this week announced its decision to lift this outdated ban. The announcement overturns a 1990 Executive Order that prohibited offshore drilling leases in places other than Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and parts of Alaska until 2000, and later was extended until 2012. It is estimated that the United States' deep ocean energy resources hold over 85 billion barrels of oil and have the potential to reduce the cost of a gallon of gasoline by $.90 to $2.50. The only thing that stands in the way now is Congress overturning its ban on OCS drilling, a step Democratic leaders have so far refused to take. Congressman Miller stands ready to work with his colleagues in Congress to overturn the Congressional ban on deep water energy exploration and will continue to work towards American energy independence. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Bans on Offshore and Oil Shale Energy Production Expire. 3 October 2008. "On Wednesday, October 1, the 27 year old bans on offshore and oil shale energy production expired. Lifting the bans on energy production off our shores and in the Inter-Mountain West's oil shale reserves is a step toward lower gas prices and American energy independence. By allowing the bans to expire, Congress has taken a critical step toward a comprehensive approach to solving America's energy needs. Congressman Miller is pleased with Congress' decision to lift these outdated bans and in the future he will continue to advocate for a comprehensive plan that provides critical revenue-sharing agreements that would give states an incentive to allow energy production in their energy reserves, encourages more conservation and efficiency, and creates a renewable energy trust fund that would be financed through drilling revenues from several energy-rich locations in Alaska and off our shores." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?"
  • Gary Miller. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Gary Miller voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Gary Miller voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Gary Miller. Capitol Connection Newsletter. 5 March 2010. "Congressman Miller this week joined nearly 100 of his colleagues in supporting a resolution to put a stop to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) attempt to establish a backdoor national energy tax. The resolution of disapproval would prevent the implementation of job-killing regulations posed by the Obama administration. These regulations are premised on the EPA's recent endangerment finding and would make carbon dioxide--something that is necessary to sustain life on earth--a regulated pollutant under the Clean Air Act. Under the endangerment finding, and the regulatory and legal red tape that flow from this expansion of government into our economic lives, the pace of U.S. economic growth will be stifled by the EPA and its controversial enforcement of environmental laws. In time, the new permitting and pollution control rules for these entities would potentially affect millions of very small sources of greenhouse gas emissions such as office buildings, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, churches, farms and other small businesses. Congressman Miller is deeply opposed to this new regulation because it will kill American jobs and harm our economic competitiveness. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Gary Miller voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Gary Miller voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Gary Miller. Capitol Connection Newsletter. 8 April 2011. "As gas prices have skyrocketed in recent months the Administration has done nothing to provide relief to American taxpayers and families while encouraging regulatory actions that will further increase energy costs. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency's overreaching regulations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses went into effect. These regulations pose a tremendous threat to the nation's fragile economic recovery by increasing the cost of energy for consumers and companies, hindering job creation and economic growth. To preserve American jobs and our competitiveness in the global economy, the House passed legislation this week to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases to address climate change under the Clean Air Act. As the economy struggles to recover, Congressman Miller believes the last thing the EPA should do is impose harmful regulations that will further strain the pocketbooks of Americans. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. The EPA's Quiet Attack on American Jobs. 1 June 2010. "As Congressional Democrats and President Obama have been waging war on American jobs through their massive health care overhaul and its tax-ridden agenda, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has quietly launched an attack on jobs by proposing to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Although the House passed a cap-and-tax bill and the Senate is contemplating similar legislation, the EPA has unilaterally proposed a series of regulations that would require businesses to certify they have limited carbon emissions or pay steep fines. These regulations are a result of their "endangerment finding" under the Clean Air Act that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses pose a threat to human life. In actuality, this so-called endangerment finding is an executive overreach and a back-door attempt to institute a national energy tax on our economy and jobs." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gary Miller. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Gary Miller voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Gary Miller a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Gary Miller in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Gary Miller voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Gary Miller voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Gary Miller voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gary Miller. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 January 2012. "I am an adamant defender of the 2nd Amendment. Congress must not improperly hamper the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. If we are to honor and uphold the Constitution, this right cannot be infringed. While those who use a firearm to commit a crime must be punished, legislation to limit gun rights for those who obey the law will do nothing more but damage our liberties. I believe we can better improve public safety by enforcing current laws on the books to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. I will continue working in Congress to uphold our constitutional right to bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. NRA Endorses Miller. 1 May 2012. "It is an honor to be recognized as a protector of the Constitution, particularly the 2nd Amendment. As a sportsman and lifetime member of the NRA, I will continue our fight to protect the right to bear arms for recreational use and self defense. Today is an important step on our road to November." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Gary Miller. Miller on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Challenges to Democrat Health Care Law. 14 November 2011. "It has been nearly two years since President Obama and then-Speaker Pelosi -- over the strong objections of the American people - rammed through Congress this 2,801-page government takeover of our nation's health care system. I believe the law's individual mandate is an unprecedented, unconstitutional federal overreach into individual health decisions, and I am pleased to hear that the Supreme Court will soon review the law's constitutionality. Since its enactment, health care costs have continued to soar for hard-working American families. Meanwhile, as we work to find ways to put millions of unemployed Americans back to work, the law's looming tax and spending increases continues to add to the uncertainty facing our nation's small businesses and employers, crushing job creation and economic growth. While the challenges to the law await review by the Court, I will continue to fight in Congress to repeal this job-killing law and restore control over individual health care decisions to patients." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 20 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, the Democrat health care law contains a number of provisions that will cripple our economy and stifle job creation. With the unemployment rate above 9 percent, the last thing we should do is implement policies that will hinder the ability of employers to expand their businesses and create jobs. Unfortunately, ObamaCare does just that by punishing employers who do not or cannot provide government-approved health insurance to employees. [¦] To get our economy back on track, it is vital that we repeal ObamaCare immediately, and enact commonsense policies that will lower health costs for families and small businesses and protect jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Gary Miller voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues. Other or expanded principles: "SUPPORT THE EXPANSION OF MEDICAL SAVING ACCOUNTS AND PERMIT ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America. Other or expanded principles: "(In regard to future options for Medicare), I feel we should have more insurance options for seniors through Private non govt. (medicare) new plans. Also we should institute Medical Savings Accounts and greater access to specialists."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Gary Miller. ObamaCare Will Increase Health Care Costs. 17 September 2010. "Although Congressional Democrats and President Obama claimed that their government-run health care overhaul would bring down the cost of health care, this week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced that it expects health care costs and spending to increase even more than it originally estimated. The CMS report estimates that health care will grow 6.3 percent per year and total health care spending will reach $4.6 trillion--nearly 20 percent of gross domestic product by 2019. In addition, as a result of the mandates contained in the health care law, it is expected that health care premiums will rise by as much as nine percent. Because the government-run health care law does not lower health care costs for the American people and increases government intrusion in personal decisions, Congressman Miller is working in Congress to repeal the bill and replace it with market-based solutions that will actually drive down the cost of health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. ObamaCare: Three Months of Broken Promises. 25 June 2010. "This past Wednesday marked the three month anniversary of ObamaCare being rushed through Congress and signed into law. As Speaker Pelosi famously stated that "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it," Americans are beginning to dislike the health care law more and more as its harrowing details are unveiled. Although the Majority claimed the health care law would reduce premiums by $2,500, in actuality it is expected to raise premiums by as much as $2,100, according to the Congressional Budget Office. In addition, during debate of the bill, Democrats claimed their government takeover of the health care sector would create millions of new jobs. However, according to a study by the National Federation of Independent Business, the health care law's employer mandate could eliminate 1.6 million jobs through 2014, with 66 percent of those coming from small businesses. Because the health care law raises health care costs and kills jobs, among other atrocities, Congressman Miller will continue to support its repeal." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Repeal ObamaCare. 1 February 2011. "Americans are rightfully concerned about ObamaCare because it kills jobs, raises taxes, expands government control, and increases the cost of health care. Specifically, the health care law slaps Americans and small businesses with $569 billion in new taxes. Americans who already have private health insurance will have their plans taxed under the new Washington-run health care system. Those who do not have health insurance and do not want it will also be forced to pay a tax. [¦] As Republicans regained the majority in the House of Representatives last month, we will keep our pledge to voters by bringing a simple, two-page bill to repeal the job-killing health care law to the House floor for an up or down vote. In the coming weeks and months, House Republicans will work to replace ObamaCare with legislation that actually reduces costs and makes health care accessible for every American. We will accomplish this by enacting common-sense medical liability reforms, expanding state high-risk pools, and allowing individuals to buy health care coverage outside of the state in which they live. [¦]" (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

  • Gary Miller. Illegal Immigration Hurts Lower Skilled Citizens And Legal Immigrants. 26 January 2010. "At home in California, almost weekly I hear from my constituents that illegal immigration is exacerbating the unemployment crisis. Today's report that a record number of young Americans are jobless once again highlights the fact that we must enforce our current immigration laws to ensure illegals do not take away jobs that rightfully belong to American and legal workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Gary Miller in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Gary Miller voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Gary Miller in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Gary Miller voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Gary Miller. Issue Position: Immigration and Border Security. 20 February 2012. "Congressman Miller firmly believes that respect for the rule of law is a core American value. Our government must send the message that the United States takes our immigration laws seriously and that people will be punished for illegally entering the country. He believes we must take an enforcement-first approach to solving our nation's immigration and border security problems rather than enacting amnesty plans, that would put illegals on a path to citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Issue Position: Immigration. 20 February 2012. "There are 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants right now in the United States, or more specifically 12 to 20 million law breakers who flaunt our immigration laws. Congressman Miller advocates that illegal immigrants apprehended must remain in custody until removed from the United States. Under current policy, some illegal immigrants are released into the United States and told to return for a later court appearance, which very few actually show up for. The simple fact remains: if the United States were to enforce its immigration laws and apply common sense to the disbursement of government services, many illegal immigrants would return home voluntarily." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. 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. [¦] 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)
  • Gary Miller. Op-Ed: House Health Care Bill Will Provide Coverage For Illegal Aliens. 1 October 2009. "Rather than create another incentive that drives illegals to the United States, Congress should be closing loopholes in our government programs that provide access to benefits. American taxpayers already spend an estimated $4.3 billion each year to provide health care to illegal immigrants, primarily through emergency room visits and free clinics, and we should not provide additional taxpayer-subsidized coverage to those that have recklessly disregarded our nation's immigration laws. At a time when our national debt continues to skyrocket and millions of Americans are unemployed, Congress must end this abuse of taxpayer dollars and place the needs and interests of citizens above those who are unlawfully present in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Rep. Miller Comments on State of the Union Address. 20 January 2004. "California is home to about a third of the nation's population of illegal immigrants. This tide of illegal immigration increases Californian's tax burden, while weakening its legal, education and welfare system. For these reasons, I have used my vote in Congress to protect our borders and oppose legislation that encourages illegal immigration. The president's immigration proposal is in reality a mechanism to provide amnesty to two million or more illegal aliens. It will only further-burden public assistance programs at a time many states, particularly California, are trying to recover economically. This proposal rewards law-breakers, is unfair to law-abiding legal immigrants, will encourage new waves of illegal immigrants, and makes a mockery of our laws. I plan to oppose this proposal and protect our borders from illegal immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Statement of Rep. Miller on Immigration Reform Bill. 27 March 2006. "I strongly believe the U.S. government must maintain a tough and unified policy on immigration to effectively curb the influx of illegal aliens entering our nation. The so-called ‘guest-worker' proposals being considered are nothing more than a mechanism to provide amnesty to millions of illegals living in the United States. I firmly believe these proposals reward law-breakers and are unfair to law-abiding legal immigrants. They send a message that the United States does not take our immigration laws seriously and that, if only people can get into the country illegally, eventually they can be rewarded with legal status. I urge my colleagues in Congress to establish and enforce immigration policy that secures our borders, draws a bright line between legal and illegal aliens and rejects any and all forms of amnesty. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Gary Miller. Rep. Gary Miller's Statement on U.S. District Judge's Decision to Allow Gay Marriages to Resume August 18. 12 August 2010. "In 2008, a majority of Californians voiced their belief at the polls that marriage is a covenant shared by a man and a woman. Unfortunately, last week Judge Walker inflicted his personal agenda and defied the will of the majority of Californians. His decision undermines the voice of Californians and citizens across the country who have sought to define marriage in their states as the union between one man and one woman. Judge Walker's announcement today that gay marriages are allowed to resume beginning next week is both hasty and uncalled for. This decision could have severe legal implications should the Court of the Appeals overturn the decision. I believe firmly that Judge Walker's actions should be opposed and the decision should be quickly overturned." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Gary Miller voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Gary Miller voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Gary Miller voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Gary Miller. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "In April, a memo from the Navy Chief of Chaplains issued new guidance to ignore federal law, which was temporarily suspended. On September 30, 2011 the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (DoD) released a second memorandum stating that in connection with the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT), the "use of the DoD real property and facilities for private functions, including religious and other ceremonies, should be made on a sexual-orientation neutral basis." This statement is nothing more than a reissuing of the original April guidance. Rather than using the term "marriage," the Department of Defense has merely written the guidance broadly in an attempt to avoid questions about whether its policy is in violation of DOMA. The application, however, of this new policy will undoubtedly violate DOMA. This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Gary Miller. Congressman Miller's Statement on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Like all Americans, I was overjoyed to learn that the monster responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent men, women, and children here and across the globe has been brought to justice. It truly is a remarkable day for the United States and freedom loving individuals everywhere. I would like to commend our armed forces and the intelligence community without whom this accomplishment would not be possible. Our nation owes an incredible debt of gratitude to these brave men and women for the sacrifices they have made and their unending dedication to serve and protect our country. While this marks a tremendous victory in the war on terror, al Qaeda is larger than just one individual. It is imperative that we remain vigilant in our efforts to root out and bring to justice those who seek to do us harm." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Gary Miller. Expressing Sense of the House of Representatives on Fifth Anniversary of Terrorist Attacks Launched Against the United States on September 11, 2001. 13 September 2006. "As we pay tribute to the memory of September 11, 2001, Congress will take up several measures to ensure that our homeland is secure. These measures are designed to combat a new enemy that hides from sight, attacks the weak and unprotected, and uses innocent civilians as human shields. To prevent future terrorist attacks, we are working to disrupt terrorist activities internationally and domestically, including stopping terrorist networks and their financing schemes and securing our borders and critical infrastructure. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Capitol Connection Newsletter 19 February 2011. "Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, our country has been engaged in a war against a new kind of enemy. The USA PATRIOT Act was enacted to strengthen our nation's ability to detect and eliminate terrorist threats. Currently, three important provisions of the PATRIOT Act that address the government's ability to collect intelligence information are set to expire at the end of the month. To ensure law enforcement continues to have access to these important intelligence-gathering tools, the House on Thursday passed a 90-day extension of these provisions. Specifically, these provisions broaden the type of records the government may access as part of a national security investigation; permit "roving" wiretaps on multiple communications devices for a single target, and allow the government to subject non-citizen individuals in the United States suspected of international terrorism to the same type of surveillance currently conducted on foreign agents or members of international terrorist groups. Congressman Miller supported the temporary extension of these provisions to give Congress time to review their effectiveness in thwarting terrorist threats and their impact on civil liberties. He will continue to work in Congress to protect our nation from those who would do us harm while safeguarding our cherished rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Iraq War Resolution. 16 February 2007. "Whether the majority would like to acknowledge it or not, the fight we are engaged in against terrorists in Iraq is not a new fight. It has been waged for a decade. We have faced terrorists in Beirut, we have faced terrorists in Saudi Arabia, and we have faced terrorists here on our own soil on September 11, 2001. We have learned it is absolutely essential to confront terrorists abroad before they attack us at home. Despite what some of you may say, our withdrawal will not end the terrorist threat. After all, it is they who have declared Iraq to be the central front in the struggle." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Statement by Congressman Gary Miller on House Vote to Extend Expiring PATRIOT Act Provisions. 26 May 2011. "Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has been engaged in a war against a group of people scattered clandestinely across the globe who are focused on harming us. The PATRIOT Act was enacted to modernize our nation's outdated laws governing foreign intelligence gathering on American soil [¦] Despite the successful mission that resulted in the demise of Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda and other terrorist groups continue to plot against the United States. I supported extending these provisions so that law enforcement and the intelligence community may continue to have access to these authorities that enhance their ability to investigate and preempt acts of terrorism." (www.google.com)
  • Gary Miller. Statement of Representative Gary G. Miller Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Committee on Financial Services Hearing Preparation. 10 May 2007. "The hearing today will explore how close we are to achieving this important balance. Both sides have made convincing arguments in their written testimony, indicating to me that we are not quite there yet. Banks are willing to report the information - they just want more understanding built into the system, more certainty about what they should and should not file, and more uniformity in regulation. And they want the filing requirements to be realistic and based on an assessment of actual risks. Law enforcement want to have as much information as possible to fight financial crimes and cut off terrorist financing. Financial information has been shown to be an important evidentiary tool to help stop terrorists before they strike and to detect criminal activity in our society. The fear is that if we change what is required to alleviate the burden on financial institutions we run the risk of losing information that is critical to our security. I agree with both sides and believe there is validity to each position. But, I also believe that the goals of law enforcement and financial institutions are not incompatible. As long as we work together, we can find the right balance. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Gary Miller supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "X" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Gary Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Gary Miller. Issue Position: Medicare and Social Security. 1 January 2012. "As our nation's budgetary difficulties are likely to continue for many years, a great deal of discussion has taken place in Congress about the future of Social Security and Medicare. I believe we must protect these programs for the more than forty million current beneficiaries and for the millions of Americans who will one day rely upon these crucial programs. Any reforms to these Social Security and Medicare must reflect our commitment to those who have spent their entire lives paying into the system, but also ensure that younger workers may achieve financial security and health care in retirement. Because of the importance of these programs, I will closely analyze all alternatives for reform to ensure we keep our promises to today's seniors, while ensuring the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare for future beneficiaries." (votesmart.org)

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California Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

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Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles
1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Maintain Status4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
2) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Nod) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Nob) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Nod) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Nof) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Nod) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Noe) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Nod) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Nob) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Noe) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Noh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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