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Barbara Comstock's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (VA) - District 10, Republican
Barbara Comstock 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.

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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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • "This year Delegate Comstock spearheaded a request and letter from House of Delegates members to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to adopt the recommendation of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to make birth control pills available over the counter without a prescription for adult women." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/822117/issue-position-health-care#.VYrhlHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Protect the U.S. Constitution and stand up for our shared common sense conservative values. […] Pro-Life" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/886912/#.VagmBnV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • "This year Delegate Comstock spearheaded a request and letter from House of Delegates members to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to adopt the recommendation of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to make birth control pills available over the counter without a prescription for adult women." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/822117/issue-position-health-care#.VYrhlHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Protect the U.S. Constitution and stand up for our shared common sense conservative values. […] Pro-Life" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/886912/#.VagmBnV3k1M (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

  • "I am focused on common sense legislation that moves our economy forward. President Obama's proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases was not what hard working taxpayers wanted to hear tonight. We need tax relief for hard working families and small businesses, not more tax increases that will harm our ability to grow a healthy economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955743/comstock-we-need-tax-relief-for-hard-working-families#.VagpsnV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I am focused on common sense legislation that moves our economy forward. President Obama's proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases was not what hard working taxpayers wanted to hear tonight. We need tax relief for hard working families and small businesses, not more tax increases that will harm our ability to grow a healthy economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955743/comstock-we-need-tax-relief-for-hard-working-families#.VagpsnV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Barbara Comstock, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Virginia, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection#.VagmTnV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Barbara Comstock, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Virginia, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection#.VagmTnV3k1M (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to stop the sequester cuts. We need to have the strongest defense in the world. #VA10 " https://twitter.com/BarbaraComstock/status/526461951329591296 (twitter.com)
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.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Very simply,we support transportation and infastructure investment because our economy needs a national system to safely move people and deliver goods from place to place." http://hultgren.house.gov/sites/hultgren.house.gov/files/2015-02-11_Letter_Long_Term_Highway_Trust_Fund_Solution.pdf (hultgren.house.gov)
  • "We all understand that our representatives need to come together to get results that will create jobs and put people back to work, reform healthcare, and restore our military strength and stop the sequester cuts that are harming our national security and local economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/926950/strong-support-for-barbara-comstock-in-loudoun-county#.VYrme3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Very simply,we support transportation and infastructure investment because our economy needs a national system to safely move people and deliver goods from place to place." http://hultgren.house.gov/sites/hultgren.house.gov/files/2015-02-11_Letter_Long_Term_Highway_Trust_Fund_Solution.pdf (hultgren.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "We all understand that our representatives need to come together to get results that will create jobs and put people back to work, reform healthcare, and restore our military strength and stop the sequester cuts that are harming our national security and local economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/926950/strong-support-for-barbara-comstock-in-loudoun-county#.VYrme3UVhHw (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

  • "Congresswoman Comstock supported the $600 billion tax relief package that was signed into law which helps middle class families and makes the Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit permanent." https://www.barbaracomstockforcongress.com/issues/ (www.barbaracomstockforcongress.com)
  • "Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 636, America's Small Business Tax Relief Act which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 272 to 142. [...] I supported today's tax legislation that we passed in the House because it will help give small business owners more certainty when it comes to the tax code. This legislation will let them access capital and reinvest and grow their businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955813/comstock-votes-to-help-small-businesses#.VYrixHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama's proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases was not what hard working taxpayers wanted to hear tonight. We need tax relief for hard working families and small businesses, not more tax increases that will harm our ability to grow a healthy economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955743/comstock-we-need-tax-relief-for-hard-working-families#.VYrjG3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congresswoman Comstock supported the $600 billion tax relief package that was signed into law which helps middle class families and makes the Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit permanent." https://www.barbaracomstockforcongress.com/issues/ (www.barbaracomstockforcongress.com)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 636, America's Small Business Tax Relief Act which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 272 to 142. [...] I supported today's tax legislation that we passed in the House because it will help give small business owners more certainty when it comes to the tax code. This legislation will let them access capital and reinvest and grow their businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955813/comstock-votes-to-help-small-businesses#.VYrixHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama's proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases was not what hard working taxpayers wanted to hear tonight. We need tax relief for hard working families and small businesses, not more tax increases that will harm our ability to grow a healthy economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955743/comstock-we-need-tax-relief-for-hard-working-families#.VYrjG3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Voted for the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act that was signed into law and gives more local control to educators." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1252546/issue-position-leading-on-education#.W1tlW2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Delegate Barbara Comstock released the following statement following the public comment issued by the independent, nonpartisan State Corporation Commission to the EPA: Sadly, these higher costs will hurt just about everyone – our senior citizens, hospitals, small businesses and large manufacturers, and the hardworking taxpayers of Virginia." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/931409/delegate-comstocks-statement-on-costly-job-killing-epa-rule#.VYrpunUVhHw (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)
  • "The analysis released today confirmed our worst fears that the regulations from the EPA and President Obama's regulatory policies could devastate Virginia's economy, kill jobs and drive up energy costs and cost Virginia consumers $5.5 to $6 billion in higher energy costs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/931409/delegate-comstocks-statement-on-costly-job-killing-epa-rule#.VYrpunUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Delegate Barbara Comstock released the following statement following the public comment issued by the independent, nonpartisan State Corporation Commission to the EPA: Sadly, these higher costs will hurt just about everyone – our senior citizens, hospitals, small businesses and large manufacturers, and the hardworking taxpayers of Virginia." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/931409/delegate-comstocks-statement-on-costly-job-killing-epa-rule#.VYrpunUVhHw (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)
  • "The analysis released today confirmed our worst fears that the regulations from the EPA and President Obama's regulatory policies could devastate Virginia's economy, kill jobs and drive up energy costs and cost Virginia consumers $5.5 to $6 billion in higher energy costs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/931409/delegate-comstocks-statement-on-costly-job-killing-epa-rule#.VYrpunUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.B.323 "Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38353 (votesmart.org)
  • "Protect the U.S. Constitution and stand up for our shared common sense conservative values. […] Pro-Second Amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/886912/issue-position-plan-for-the-future#.VYrqa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/112252/barbara-comstock/37 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.B.323 "Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38353 (votesmart.org)
  • "Protect the U.S. Constitution and stand up for our shared common sense conservative values. […] Pro-Second Amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/886912/issue-position-plan-for-the-future#.VYrqa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/112252/barbara-comstock/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VYh6PHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As your Congresswoman, I will work to repeal and replace ObamaCare which already has caused millions of hardworking Virginians to lose their health insurance and have their well-being and financial health threatened." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/886912/issue-position-plan-for-the-future#.VYrqa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VYh6PHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As your Congresswoman, I will work to repeal and replace ObamaCare which already has caused millions of hardworking Virginians to lose their health insurance and have their well-being and financial health threatened." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/886912/issue-position-plan-for-the-future#.VYrqa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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.B.1060 "Requires Law Enforcement to Ask About Immigration Status During an Arrest" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38189 (votesmart.org)
  • "22 times the President said he didn't have the legal authority to change immigration law by executive order. Yesterday a federal court agreed AGAIN and did not lift a judge's order blocking the President's unconstitutional action." https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraComstockVA/posts/10153277333976280 (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.B.1060 "Requires Law Enforcement to Ask About Immigration Status During an Arrest" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38189 (votesmart.org)
  • "America is a welcoming nation…and we are also a nation of laws. That is why Congresswoman Comstock has fought for and supported smart policies that would keep America safe through reforming the refugee program and the visa waiver program and measures to protect our borders." https://www.barbaracomstockforcongress.com/issues/ (www.barbaracomstockforcongress.com)
  • "22 times the President said he didn't have the legal authority to change immigration law by executive order. Yesterday a federal court agreed AGAIN and did not lift a judge's order blocking the President's unconstitutional action." https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraComstockVA/posts/10153277333976280 (www.facebook.com)
  • "America is a welcoming nation…and we are also a nation of laws. That is why Congresswoman Comstock has fought for and supported smart policies that would keep America safe through reforming the refugee program and the visa waiver program and measures to protect our borders." https://www.barbaracomstockforcongress.com/issues/ (www.barbaracomstockforcongress.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.
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "After the September 11th terrorist attacks, I worked at the Department of Justice and saw every day how important it was that we connect the dots in tracking down threats to our people and our country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955877/red-alert-politics-isis-recruiting-here-in-america#.VYrv5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "After the September 11th terrorist attacks, I worked at the Department of Justice and saw every day how important it was that we connect the dots in tracking down threats to our people and our country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955877/red-alert-politics-isis-recruiting-here-in-america#.VYrv5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In the coming months and years, we will have to fight ISIS on many fronts. A strong defense and an aggressive stance against ISIS and working with our allies to dismantle and defeat ISIS will be key, but we must also realize that this threat may have a homegrown front, and we must stay vigilant and alert to yet another reality of our 21st century world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955877/red-alert-politics-isis-recruiting-here-in-america#.VYrv5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In the coming months and years, we will have to fight ISIS on many fronts. A strong defense and an aggressive stance against ISIS and working with our allies to dismantle and defeat ISIS will be key, but we must also realize that this threat may have a homegrown front, and we must stay vigilant and alert to yet another reality of our 21st century world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955877/red-alert-politics-isis-recruiting-here-in-america#.VYrv5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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