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Steve Scalise's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (LA) - District 1, Republican Majority Whip
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Steve Scalise has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We should all work together to promote a culture that respects life at every stage, including in the womb, and I will continue fighting for the American values that make our country the greatest in the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034018/defending-the-unborn#.V636Z3VTQfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Scalise has fought to promote traditional marriage and the right to life and continues to fight against attempts to weaken these values." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/family-values (scalise.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9026/steve-scalise#.VYrEQnUViko (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

  • "He has also co-sponsored legislation to repeal the death tax and to make the Bush tax cuts permanent (H.R. 143 and H.R. 2734, respectively)." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/economy (scalise.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Scalise firmly believes that we can create good, high-paying jobs and encourage personal savings by lowering the tax burden on our families. Congress must restore fiscal discipline and promote a tax policy that is fair to our families and small businesses. Congressman Scalise will continue to support and fight for legislation that lowers taxes, cuts wasteful government spending and strengthens our economy." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/economy (scalise.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Scalise believes that society must have zero tolerance for criminal behavior and drug use." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/370516/issue-position-crime-and-drugs (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Washington has a spending problem and this has led to a tax code that is hurting American families, small businesses, and our nation's economy." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/economy (scalise.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Scalise firmly believes that we can create good, high-paying jobs and encourage personal savings by lowering the tax burden on our families. Congress must restore fiscal discipline and promote a tax policy that is fair to our families and small businesses. Congressman Scalise will continue to support and fight for legislation that lowers taxes, cuts wasteful government spending and strengthens our economy." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/economy (scalise.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Scalise firmly believes that we can create good, high-paying jobs and encourage personal savings by lowering the tax burden on our families. Congress must restore fiscal discipline and promote a tax policy that is fair to our families and small businesses. Congressman Scalise will continue to support and fight for legislation that lowers taxes, cuts wasteful government spending and strengthens our economy." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/economy (scalise.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by American's for Prosperity http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9026/steve-scalise#.VYrfgnUVikp (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Student Success Act also protects the autonomy of state school boards and prohibits the federal government from forcing states into adopting Common Core academic standards." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/805633/house-passes-student-success-act/?search=common%20core#.V636z3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/education (scalise.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1"A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.V64KSXVTQfl (votesmart.org)
  • "For more than four years, President Obama has said no to the Keystone XL Pipeline, and by doing so he's also said no to American jobs and no to American energy security just so he can toe the line for radical environmental extremists in his party. It’s time for President Obama to stop playing politics and work with us to create jobs by approving the Keystone XL Pipeline today, which he can do with just one stroke of his pen. The bipartisan action we took today in the House is a vital step towards getting our economy back on track and creating 20,000 American jobs, and it’s long past time for President Obama to get off the sidelines and approve this project." http://scalise.house.gov/press-release/scalise-time-obama-approve-keystone-xl-pipeline (scalise.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will continue fighting for full repeal of the RFS so that we finally get the government out of the detrimental business of picking winners and losers in the energy marketplace." http://scalise.house.gov/press-release/scalise-continues-push-full-repeal-renewable-fuel-standard (scalise.house.gov)
  • "In addition to producing more domestic oil and natural gas, Congress must encourage newer, cleaner, and reliable sources of energy like advanced nuclear and next generation coal, while promoting clean power from renewable sources of energy such as wind and hydroelectric power. It is equally imperative that Congress work to cut federal bureaucratic red tape that has limited necessary refinery capacity in the United States. Our nation must also encourage greater energy efficiency. Congressman Scalise continues to fight for this 'all of the above' energy strategy that will reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, improve our energy security, and create good jobs here at home." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/energy (scalise.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Obama Administration’s radical global warming agenda is devastating to American energy, and these unobtainable proposals will lead to more electricity plants being shuttered and higher costs for families. The findings of the study show that President Obama and his liberal lieutenants will pursue their radical agenda regardless of the devastating impact on our economy, including thousands more good jobs being shipped overseas, and they must be rejected!'" http://scalise.house.gov/press-release/devastating-report-details-impacts-obama%E2%80%99s-epa-regs-louisiana (scalise.house.gov)
  • "House Republicans will not stand by while unelected bureaucrats at the EPA wage war on American jobs and reduce our quality of life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1094308/holding-the-epa-accountable/?search=epa#.V638f3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Scalise has sponsored and cosponsored legislation protecting citizens' right to keep and bear arms. In the 112th Congress, Scalise introduced H.R. 58, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, which improves law-abiding citizens' ability to purchase firearms. The bills Scalise has recently cosponsored include H.R.645, a bill to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia and the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, H.R.822, which would ensure national reciprocity for concealed carry permit holders. Congressman Scalise's pro-gun stance has earned him an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/2nd-amendment (scalise.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9026/steve-scalise/37#.VYrH-HUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Scalise supports a full repeal of the unconstitutional job-killing Obamacare law. He is a co-sponsor of H.R. 2, repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, which passed the House on January 19, 2011. Obamacare is not reform, and Congressman Scalise is working with his colleagues to replace this law with real reforms to health care in America." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/health (scalise.house.gov)
  • "American families deserve better than President Obama's broken promises and hollow apologies. It's time for action. It's time for President Obama to admit his broken health care law has failed, and join with House Republicans to stop this train wreck before it's too late." http://scalise.house.gov/press-release/scalise-october-enrollment-numbers-%E2%80%9Chighlight-failures-and-all-wrong-government (scalise.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560504/issue-position-immigration/?search=amnesty#.VYrLLXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Scalise is opposed to giving amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants currently living in our country. He does not want to reward those who have committed a crime." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/immigration (scalise.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Scalise has fought to promote traditional marriage and the right to life and continues to fight against attempts to weaken these values." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/family-values (scalise.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by American Civil Liberties Union http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9026/steve-scalise/13#.VYrMpXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "To defeat these terrorists and win the War on Terror, Congressman Scalise believes we must remain vigilant, determined, and united in support of the armed forces." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/defense (scalise.house.gov)
  • "[...] look, we're going to go destroy ISIL. That's what we're going to do. We're going to destroy Islamic terrorists in the world because they want to come and do us harm. Don't tell them how you're going to do it. Don't tell them what you're not going to do." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/923189/fox-your-world-with-neil-cavuto-transcript-obamas-immigration-plan-before-elections/?search=airstrikes#.V63-RnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred 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

  • "Scalise is committed to protecting and strengthening Social Security and ensuring that the program will fulfill its promises to America's seniors while improving the long-term stability of Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/990012/issue-position-social-security/?search=social%20security#.V63_THVTQfI (votesmart.org)

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Candidate Answer

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

Inferred Answer

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