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David Schweikert's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 6, Republican
On The Ballot: Won, Republican for U.S. House - District 6
David Schweikert has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106387/david-schweikert/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "As the child of a birth mother who gave him up for adoption, David Schweikert understands more than most the importance of the sanctity of life. 100 percent pro-life throughout his career, David Schweikert is committed to protecting and defending the rights of the unborn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/727262/issue-position-pro-life#.WzVFp63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am one of the children here today because, decades ago, a young woman summoned the courage to choose life. I will honor her decision by always choosing life and fighting for the unborn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/760261/schweikert-on-roe-v-wade-anniversary-my-fight-is-for-the-unborn#.WzVPIq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106387/david-schweikert/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "As the child of a birth mother who gave him up for adoption, David Schweikert understands more than most the importance of the sanctity of life. 100 percent pro-life throughout his career, David Schweikert is committed to protecting and defending the rights of the unborn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/727262/issue-position-pro-life#.WzVFp63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am one of the children here today because, decades ago, a young woman summoned the courage to choose life. I will honor her decision by always choosing life and fighting for the unborn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/760261/schweikert-on-roe-v-wade-anniversary-my-fight-is-for-the-unborn#.WzVPIq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (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

  • "Unlike his opponent, David Schweikert does not support raising your taxes and never will vote to increase taxes. David knows that one of the best ways to stimulate our economy is to keep taxes low and let Arizona families keep more of what they earn." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103674/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
  • "Unlike his opponent, David Schweikert does not support raising your taxes and never will vote to increase taxes. David knows that one of the best ways to stimulate our economy is to keep taxes low and let Arizona families keep more of what they earn." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103674/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As your representative in Washington, I work tirelessly to ensure our service members are properly trained and equipped to effectively execute and accomplish any mission we call on them to carry out. This includes fighting to protect the A-10 Thunderbolt, which continues to provide crucial and lifesaving close-air support (CAS) for our war fighters on the ground, from being needlessly retired by the Air Force. For over twenty years, the A-10 has proved its unsurpassed capabilities for protecting our service members from the enemy fire. While CAS is the A-10 primary role, it is far from its only role. The A-10 also assists in combat search and rescue operations, escorting helicopters and assets in and out of combat zones." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1127450/issue-position-defense#.WzVU5a3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As your representative in Washington, I work tirelessly to ensure our service members are properly trained and equipped to effectively execute and accomplish any mission we call on them to carry out. This includes fighting to protect the A-10 Thunderbolt, which continues to provide crucial and lifesaving close-air support (CAS) for our war fighters on the ground, from being needlessly retired by the Air Force. For over twenty years, the A-10 has proved its unsurpassed capabilities for protecting our service members from the enemy fire. While CAS is the A-10 primary role, it is far from its only role. The A-10 also assists in combat search and rescue operations, escorting helicopters and assets in and out of combat zones." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1127450/issue-position-defense#.WzVU5a3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe government’s bad habits can be turned around with intelligent discretionary-spending cuts. The Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office both have identified billions of dollars of waste that could be eliminated, making programs and services more efficient and delivering tax dollars where they are truly needed." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/106387/david-schweikert/#.WzVFTK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe government’s bad habits can be turned around with intelligent discretionary-spending cuts. The Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office both have identified billions of dollars of waste that could be eliminated, making programs and services more efficient and delivering tax dollars where they are truly needed." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/106387/david-schweikert/#.WzVFTK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/106387/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WzVUl63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This tax reform is so much more than just tax cuts. This is designed to create economic growth. As a society, we have trillions and trillions of unfunded liabilities and promises we have made to our seniors and others, and we do not have the money. The only way we can get close to it is we must grow economically and that means American businesses have to stop leaving our country and moving their headquarters overseas. This demonstrates that by fixing the problems in our tax code. Businesses from around the world are coming back home. It's a great message." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206147/rep-david-schweikert-discusses-the-gop-tax-reform-plan-on-fox-news#.WzVUQK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/106387/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WzVUl63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This tax reform is so much more than just tax cuts. This is designed to create economic growth. As a society, we have trillions and trillions of unfunded liabilities and promises we have made to our seniors and others, and we do not have the money. The only way we can get close to it is we must grow economically and that means American businesses have to stop leaving our country and moving their headquarters overseas. This demonstrates that by fixing the problems in our tax code. Businesses from around the world are coming back home. It's a great message." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206147/rep-david-schweikert-discusses-the-gop-tax-reform-plan-on-fox-news#.WzVUQK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I strongly believe in the importance of STEM education as we move towards a more technology and data-driven economy. Ensuring all grade levels have access and experience in science, technology, engineering, and math is paramount to building up the next generation of Americans to face the difficulties and challenges ahead." https://schweikert.house.gov/issues/education (schweikert.house.gov)
  • "I strongly believe in the importance of STEM education as we move towards a more technology and data-driven economy. Ensuring all grade levels have access and experience in science, technology, engineering, and math is paramount to building up the next generation of Americans to face the difficulties and challenges ahead." https://schweikert.house.gov/issues/education (schweikert.house.gov)
  • "In order to accomplish this goal, we need an education policy that provides options and gives schools, parents, and local communities the flexibility to meet the needs of students. This can be achieved by reforming our education system to provide greater access to charter schools which will also provide hope for students trapped in underperforming public education. There is no 'one size fits all' solution to improving the way our children are educated. While serving as your representative in Congress, I will advocate for policies that provide states and localities with the flexibility to decide how to meet the needs of their own specific schools and communities." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/826439/issue-position-education#.WzVQM63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In order to accomplish this goal, we need an education policy that provides options and gives schools, parents, and local communities the flexibility to meet the needs of students. This can be achieved by reforming our education system to provide greater access to charter schools which will also provide hope for students trapped in underperforming public education. There is no 'one size fits all' solution to improving the way our children are educated. While serving as your representative in Congress, I will advocate for policies that provide states and localities with the flexibility to decide how to meet the needs of their own specific schools and communities." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/826439/issue-position-education#.WzVQM63SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Not only should we optimize the use of our traditional energy reserves, but we also should expand into renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro-electric and geothermal power. All of these are vital to the economic welfare and national security of the United States. However, the government must stop picking winners and losers in the industry. Each of these sources must stand on their own in the marketplace, without government-sponsored interference." https://schweikert.house.gov/issues/energy-environment (schweikert.house.gov)
  • "Ultimately, we must find a way to wean our nation off foreign oil. America sends hundreds of billions of dollars out of the country each year to purchase the oil we need to fuel our way of life. We must make sure our money dosen't continue to end up in the hands of regimes that are openly hostile to the United States. In the long run, investing in renewable energy resources such as wind, solar power, hydro-electricity, and geothermal energy production could end our addiction to foreign oil." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671609/issue-position-energy/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VXBm2nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only should we optimize the use of our traditional energy reserves, but we also should expand into renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro-electric and geothermal power. All of these are vital to the economic welfare and national security of the United States. However, the government must stop picking winners and losers in the industry. Each of these sources must stand on their own in the marketplace, without government-sponsored interference." https://schweikert.house.gov/issues/energy-environment (schweikert.house.gov)
  • "I believe Washington must embrace a sound 'all of the above' energy solution and take this approach to factories, power plants, and businesses across the country. Not only should we optimize the use of our traditional energy reserves, but we also should expand into renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro-electric and geothermal power. All of these are vital to the economic welfare and national security of the United States. However, the government must stop picking winners and loser in the industry. Each of these sources must stand on their own in the marketplace, without governmen-sponsored interference."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852591/issue-position-energy-environment/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VXBmXnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Ultimately, we must find a way to wean our nation off foreign oil. America sends hundreds of billions of dollars out of the country each year to purchase the oil we need to fuel our way of life. We must make sure our money dosen't continue to end up in the hands of regimes that are openly hostile to the United States. In the long run, investing in renewable energy resources such as wind, solar power, hydro-electricity, and geothermal energy production could end our addiction to foreign oil." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671609/issue-position-energy/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VXBm2nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe Washington must embrace a sound 'all of the above' energy solution and take this approach to factories, power plants, and businesses across the country. Not only should we optimize the use of our traditional energy reserves, but we also should expand into renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro-electric and geothermal power. All of these are vital to the economic welfare and national security of the United States. However, the government must stop picking winners and loser in the industry. Each of these sources must stand on their own in the marketplace, without governmen-sponsored interference."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852591/issue-position-energy-environment/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VXBmXnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Growth cannot come in an oppressive regulatory environment.  I recently joined my colleagues on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy  expressing concerns with their attempts to avoid transparency. Our committee work group found that the EPA rushed ahead with its costly power plant CO2 proposal without waiting for the advice of its independent science advisors, based on underlying science that lacked adequate peer review." https://schweikert.house.gov/issues/energy-environment (schweikert.house.gov)
  • "Growth cannot come in an oppressive regulatory environment.  I recently joined my colleagues on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy  expressing concerns with their attempts to avoid transparency. Our committee work group found that the EPA rushed ahead with its costly power plant CO2 proposal without waiting for the advice of its independent science advisors, based on underlying science that lacked adequate peer review." https://schweikert.house.gov/issues/energy-environment (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "That is why I have fought to expand the Second Amendment right.  I have introduced legislation that prevents the Obama administration from targeting firearm manufactures with Operation Choke Point, a Department of Justice program designed at cutting off access to banking and financing for those businesses.  I fought against Eric Holder’s Department of Justice to prevent the tracking and cataloguing of multiple gun purchases by citizens in Arizona." https://schweikert.house.gov/issues/second-amendment (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106387/david-schweikert/37#.VXBn-nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • "David Schweikert is a life member of the NRA who sponsored Arizona’s first law allowing law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon. In Congress, David is a consistent and unwavering supporter of the 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms." https://davidschweikert.com/the-issues/2nd-amendment/ (davidschweikert.com)
  • "That is why I have fought to expand the Second Amendment right.  I have introduced legislation that prevents the Obama administration from targeting firearm manufactures with Operation Choke Point, a Department of Justice program designed at cutting off access to banking and financing for those businesses.  I fought against Eric Holder’s Department of Justice to prevent the tracking and cataloguing of multiple gun purchases by citizens in Arizona." https://schweikert.house.gov/issues/second-amendment (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106387/david-schweikert/37#.VXBn-nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • "David Schweikert is a life member of the NRA who sponsored Arizona’s first law allowing law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon. In Congress, David is a consistent and unwavering supporter of the 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms." https://davidschweikert.com/the-issues/2nd-amendment/ (davidschweikert.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738364/obamacare-repeal-pledge#.VXi0bnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act has confused an already complex and wasteful healthcare system. Americans need more choices and a competitive insurance marketplace, not mandates. We all want a system where people are treated fairly and given the support they need to remain healthy.  We want those who become ill to receive the best care possible and care that is affordable." https://schweikert.house.gov/issues/health-care (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738364/obamacare-repeal-pledge#.VXi0bnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act has confused an already complex and wasteful healthcare system. Americans need more choices and a competitive insurance marketplace, not mandates. We all want a system where people are treated fairly and given the support they need to remain healthy.  We want those who become ill to receive the best care possible and care that is affordable." https://schweikert.house.gov/issues/health-care (schweikert.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Finally, recent reports of foreign nationals with terrorist ties crossing the border highlight the vital national security need to complete the border fence promised a decade ago. Washington's continued failure to secure our border and stem the flow of illegal entries threatens both the security of our people and the sovereignty of our nation. This is why earlier this year, I introduced the Build the Fence Act. This legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize building the southern border fence and gain operational control of our border as is mandated by the 2006 Secure Fence Act." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103650/issue-position-border-security#.WzVVhK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Finally, recent reports of foreign nationals with terrorist ties crossing the border highlight the vital national security need to complete the border fence promised a decade ago. Washington's continued failure to secure our border and stem the flow of illegal entries threatens both the security of our people and the sovereignty of our nation. This is why earlier this year, I introduced the Build the Fence Act. This legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize building the southern border fence and gain operational control of our border as is mandated by the 2006 Secure Fence Act." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103650/issue-position-border-security#.WzVVhK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the House of Representatives, I will: Oppose any form of amnesty." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671613/issue-position-immigration#.VXi1O3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "A strong supporter of tough laws to crack down on illegal immigration, David does not support amnesty and opposes President Obama’s policies to reward those who choose to break our laws by coming into our country illegally." https://davidschweikert.com/the-issues/immigration/ (davidschweikert.com)
  • "As a member of the House of Representatives, I will: Oppose any form of amnesty." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671613/issue-position-immigration#.VXi1O3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "A strong supporter of tough laws to crack down on illegal immigration, David does not support amnesty and opposes President Obama’s policies to reward those who choose to break our laws by coming into our country illegally." https://davidschweikert.com/the-issues/immigration/ (davidschweikert.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congress has no greater responsibility providing for America's national defense. Whether, it's the growing asymmetrical threat from radical Islamic terrorist, an emboldened Russia, or a potential nuclear Iran, America faces dynamic and evolving threats and must have the military capabilities to respond to these threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1127450/issue-position-defense/?search=nuclear#.W7vAAmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Congress, I will push to ensure that the United States military and intelligence agencies have every available resource to combat domestic and international dangers and protect the freedoms and ideals that our country stands for." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671608/issue-position-national-defense (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress, I will push to ensure that the United States military and intelligence agencies have every available resource to combat domestic and international dangers and protect the freedoms and ideals that our country stands for." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671608/issue-position-national-defense (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress has no greater responsibility providing for America's national defense. Whether, it's the growing asymmetrical threat from radical Islamic terrorist, an emboldened Russia, or a potential nuclear Iran, America faces dynamic and evolving threats and must have the military capabilities to respond to these threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1127450/issue-position-defense#.WzVU5a3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress has no greater responsibility providing for America's national defense. Whether, it's the growing asymmetrical threat from radical Islamic terrorist, an emboldened Russia, or a potential nuclear Iran, America faces dynamic and evolving threats and must have the military capabilities to respond to these threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1127450/issue-position-defense#.WzVU5a3SQfI (votesmart.org)

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