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Stephen 'Steve' J. Scalise

Steve Scalise's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Stephen 'Steve' J. Scalise
Office: U.S. House (LA) - District 1, Republican
First Elected: 05/03/2008
Last Elected: 12/02/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
Primary Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jennifer; 2 Children: Madison, Harrison
Birth Date: 10/06/1965
Birth Place: New Orleans, LA
Home City: Jefferson, LA
Religion: Catholic
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Steve Scalise 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

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (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 Steve Scalise a rating of 33 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Steve Scalise voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Steve Scalise voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "But we're here today to address specifically this problem and say there should be no taxpayer money that is allowed to be used to subsidize abortion. And if you look in the bill, there are employers out there who are providing good health care to their employees today; yet under the law that the President passed and signed into law, Federal officials can tell those private employers that they have to provide abortion services in their policy, and so they'll just drop the policy. This prevents that from happening as well. It gives conscience protections so that if there's a medical professional that doesn't want to participate in abortion, they don't have to. These are all commonsense proposals that should pass and have bipartisan support, and they should also pass the Senate." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Scalise Amendment Strikes Funding for Contraceptives and Abortion Industry from Stimulus Package. 28 January 2009. "There is no question that the Democrats' bill would have increased Medicaid funding for family planning groups that provide abortion services. Taxpayer funds should not be used to help underwrite the abortion industry. I challenge anyone to find an economist out there, liberal or conservative, who will tell you that spending millions on the abortion industry will help create jobs or 'stimulate' the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Issue Position: Family Values. 18 November 2011. "Congressman Scalise believes that human life begins at conception and is fighting to protect the rights of the unborn. Scalise has co-sponsored the Right to Life Act (H.R. 618) and the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (H.R. 1063), legislation supported by the National Right to Life Committee. Congressman Scalise has a 100% pro-life voting record with the Louisiana Right to Life Federation and will continue to fight for the rights of the unborn in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Steve Scalise voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Steve Scalise voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bruce Alpert. The Times-Picayune: Afghanistan troop decision needed soon, Louisiana Republicans say. 21 October 2009. "Republicans called on Obama to quickly order the troop deployments favored by military leaders. "Gen. McChrystal was appointed by President Obama to win the war in Afghanistan, but our commander in chief continues to delay action on Gen. McChrystal's assessment that calls for more troops in Afghanistan or the risk of failure within the year," said Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson." (www.nola.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Scalise. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Steve Scalise voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Scalise: Tax Cuts Needed Instead of Increased Spending for Economic Stimulus. 28 January 2009. "2) A Down-Payment on Spending Restraint. The bill includes a one-percent reduction to FY 2009 discretionary spending, excepting the Defense and Military Construction-Veterans appropriations bills. This is a modest limit on the extent to which spending will otherwise increase compared to FY 2008, and is the first step toward a commitment of spending restraint." (scalise.house.gov)
  • Steve Scalise. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Steve Scalise voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. National Security. 21 September 2012. "As a Member of Congress, Scalise is working to ensure America's armed forces have the funding they need and the best equipment available to defeat America's adversaries. The United States has the strongest and most effective fighting force in the world, and Congressman Scalise is determined to keep it that way. He believes the best way for America to achieve peace during these dangerous times is to remain strong." (scalise.house.gov)
  • Steve Scalise. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Steve Scalise voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Scailise signed Americans for Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Arizona and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (s3.amazonaws.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Scalise. Scalise: Tax Cuts Needed for Economic Stimulus. 22 January 2009. "This alternative plan does not contain one penny of new spending, and rejects the idea that massive new government spending will lead to an economic recovery. Borrowing from one part of the economy and redistributing it to others will not grow the economy." (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 Steve Scalise a rating of 98 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Scalise Opposes Clean Debt Ceiling Increase. 31 May 2011. "The federal government needs to finally start tightening its belt, just like Louisiana families and small businesses have been doing to live within their means. I will continue fighting to rein in federal spending in order to get our country back on the path to fiscal responsibility so we can secure the American dream for our children and grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Scalise Statement on Dismal May Job Figures. 3 June 2011. "It is time for President Obama and liberals in the Senate to embrace the jobs agenda that the House Republicans have been passing, which uses proven methods to cut federal spending and grow our economy to create good jobs for American families. Just yesterday, the credit rating agency Moody's announced that without a serious commitment from Washington to tackle our fiscal crisis, they would consider downgrading their outlook on America's financial standing." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Scalise: 112th Congress Marks Beginning of New Era in Washington. 5 January 2011. "We have listened to the American people and will begin work immediately to meet their demands by promoting policies which create jobs, revitalize our economy, repeal the government takeover of health care and reduce the size of the federal government. The first action we'll take will be to cut the budget of each Member of Congress by 5%. This shows that we're willing to put our money where our mouth is by cutting spending in our own budgets first, just like American families and businesses across the country have been doing for the last two years. We will continue cutting federal spending and making government finally live within its means." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Steve Scalise voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Steve Scalise voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Letter to The Honorable John Boehner, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and The Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 21 July 2011. "The August 2nd deadline is approaching quickly. Americans are losing hope as Congress could again fail on its promise to permanently rein in government spending. The debt ceiling is intended to control federal spending but Washington continues to simply raise it without considering the consequences." (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

  • Steve Scalise. Scalise Named "Taxpayer Hero" by Taxpayer Watchdog Group. 12 August 2010. "While our economy continues to struggle and our nation's unemployment rate continues to hover near ten percent, the only answer this administration and the liberals running Congress have is more out-of-control spending coupled with job-killing tax increases on families and small businesses. In order to create jobs and get our economy back on track, we need to cut wasteful Washington spending and create tax incentives for families and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Scalise Statement on November Jobs Figures. 3 December 2010. "Today's jobs figures contain more dismal news for American workers and small businesses. The effect of these figures is compounded by the fact that just last night, Speaker Pelosi and her lame duck majority voted to raise taxes on American families, small businesses, and job creators. The national unemployment rate has been 9.4 percent or higher for 19 consecutive months, and it is outrageous that the only answer the administration and the liberals running Congress have is to raise taxes on America's job creators. It is past time that Congress focus on creating jobs, fixing the economy, and eliminating wasteful spending by returning to sound, proven principles of lower taxes and less spending to create jobs and get our economy back on track." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. One-year Anniversary Of Failed "stimulus:" Broken Promises And Mountains Of Debt. 17 February 2010. "Rather than growing the size of government, I will continue pushing solutions to help create jobs and get our economy back on track. The best way to create jobs is to cut taxes, which is a proven way to stimulate the economy and unleash the potential of small businesses and middle class families." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Scalise. Education. 27 September 2012. "He understands that parents, teachers, and administrators are keys to student success. As a former board member of Teach for America of New Orleans, Congressman Scalise supports programs and incentives that recruit good teachers and helps them successfully educate our young children. He is in favor of education reforms that empower teachers and encourage students to succeed. Scalise is also working to ensure that schools have the tools and flexibility they need to effectively educate students." (scalise.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Scalise. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Steve Scalise voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Steve Scalise voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Steve Scalise voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Steve Scalise voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Steve Scalise voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Scalise. Scalise: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Second Amendment, Gun Owners. 28 June 2010. "Today's decision confirms beyond a shadow of a doubt that Second Amendment rights apply both nationally and locally, and this is welcome news to gun owners all across the country. As a member of the Congressional Second Amendment Taskforce, I applaud today's Supreme Court decision and vow to continue fighting to ensure that our rights to keep and bear arms are never infringed." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Steve Scalise voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Steve Scalise in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Steve Scalise a grade of 100." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Issue Position: Crime and Drugs. 18 November 2011. "Congressman Steve Scalise is committed to reducing crime with solutions in Congress. Scalise recently helped introduce legislation (The Prevention and Deterrence of Crime Against Children Act, HR 6167) that would strengthen penalties for child pornography offenses, child sex trafficking offenses, and other sexual offenses committed against children. Scalise has also cosponsored legislation that protects citizens' Second Amendment rights to protect themselves from violent criminals. The bills Scalise has cosponsored are the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2007, H.R. 4900 and the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act, H.R. 1399 which would allow residents in the District of Columbia the right to carry arms. On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of protecting our Second Amendment rights and struck down the unconstitutional ban on handguns in Washington, DC." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • Steve Scalise. Fox 8: Scalise, Vitter slam president's immigration move. 29 June 2012. "President Obama continues to show a disregard for the Constitutional separation of powers that are designed to prevent America from becoming a dictatorship, and this latest election year ploy to grant amnesty to illegals is not only an abuse of power, but it also sends the wrong message to the millions of people who play by the rules to become legal residents of our great nation." (www.fox8live.com)
  • Steve Scalise. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Steve Scalise voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Steve Scalise in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Steve Scalise in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Issue Position: Immigration Reform. 18 November 2011. "Illegal immigration is not just a social or fiscal issue; it's a matter of national security. As Louisiana's Congressman, Steve Scalise will work for solutions that make sense. He will fight to seal our borders with better security and stronger enforcement of existing laws. Steve Scalise will fight to cut off the giveaway programs that illegal aliens enjoy at our expense. There should be no reward for committing a crime. Steve believes amnesty is not an option. He will fight to take amnesty off the table. Washington lawmakers need to realize that amnesty is a get-out-of-jail-free card that will only encourage more illegal aliens to cross our borders and drain our nation's resources. Congress granted amnesty to illegal aliens over 20 years ago, and since then 12 million more illegal aliens have entered the United States. Amnesty failed then and it will fail now." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Issue Position: Immigration. "Scalise believes that amnesty is not the answer and that illegal immigrants who have broken the nation's laws by entering America illegally must suffer a criminal offense, not a free pass." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Scalise. Issue Position: Family Values. 18 November 2011. " Congressman Scalise has worked diligently throughout his career to protect traditional marriage. Scalise has co-sponsored legislation (H.J.Res. 89) to amend the Constitution to amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman. As a member of the Louisiana State Legislature, Congressman Scalise authored a similar amendment to the Louisiana Constitution that protects traditional marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Steve Scalise voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Issue Position: Protect Our Shared Family Values. 18 November 2011. "As a husband and a father of young children, Steve Scalise understands what it means to fight for our traditional family values. Steve is pro-life and has a 100% pro-life voting record with the Louisiana Right to Life Federation. He was the author of the constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage. Like you, Steve Scalise supports traditional marriage between one man and one woman. The Louisiana Family Forum named Steve Scalise 'Outstanding Family Advocate.'" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Scalise. Congressman Steve Scalise: A proven leader for Louisiana with a record of success. 27 September 2012. "HARLAN LIE: 'Scalise would risk Social Security in the Stock Market.' FACT: Congressman Scalise strongly supports maintaining the commitment made to seniors through Social Security, and supports legislation to force Congress to stop raiding the Social Security Trust Fund. Congressman Scalise's bill the GAS Act, is one of the only bills filed in the 110th Congress that shores up the Social Security Trust Fund." www.stevescalise.com/TheRealBottomLine.pdf
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Steve Scalise supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 29 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Scalise. Social Security. 24 September 2012. "Congress has a duty to preserve the Social Security program for workers and retirees who have played by the rules and paid into Social Security throughout their careers. Congress must also work to make the program sustainable for future generations. For years, the Social Security trust fund ran surpluses, but unfortunately nothing prevented the government from spending those surpluses on unrelated government programs. That is completely unacceptable." (scalise.house.gov)

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