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Barbara Comstock's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia http://votesmart.org/interest-group/380/rating/6223 (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)
  • "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)
  • 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

  • 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)
  • "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)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "All Day Kindergarten: Delegate Comstock worked with parents and school leaders in our community to bring all day kindergarten to all of Fairfax County schools. It was profoundly unfair that 37 schools in Fairfax only had half the kindergarten program that the rest of the students around the county and state receive." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/645827/issue-position-education-a-passion-for-excellence-in-education#.VYrnuXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "2010 Session, Local Composite Index Issue (LCI): During the 2010 Legislative Session, Delegate Comstock joined the Northern Virginia delegation in opposing Governor Kaine's proposed budget that included an unprecedented and arbitrary freeze of the LCI which is used to determine the share of state education funds and is recalculated and updated every two years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/645827/issue-position-education-a-passion-for-excellence-in-education#.VYrnuXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Both the House and Senate have united in a bipartisan way to bring this commonsense jobs-creating legislation to President Obama’s desk for his signature. The Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act has the support of a broad coalition including unions such as the Teamsters and LIUNA, the Tea Party, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington Post." https://comstock.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/comstock-votes-final-passage-keystone-xl-pipeline (comstock.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Vag0cXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • "2010 Session, HB 389, Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority: Delegate Comstock was a sponsor of a bill to creates the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority, which will facilitate and support the development of the offshore wind industry and wind-powered electric energy facilities located off the coast of the Commonwealth beyond the Commonwealth's three-mile jurisdictional limit." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/645832/issue-position-energy#.VYrpVXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer 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)
  • "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)
  • 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

  • Voted in favor of S.B.323 "Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38353 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/112252/barbara-comstock/37 (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)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
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

  • "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)
  • Signed a letter stating "It is utterly appalling that you and other Senate Democrats believe that protecting the President's unconstitutional actions is more important than funding a Department tasked with keeping Americans safe." http://judiciary.house.gov/_cache/files/f745408b-b073-48bd-8687-cee3e3c51def/021315-letter-to-reid.pdf (judiciary.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 89% by the Family Foundation of Virginia http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/112252/barbara-comstock#.VakU8XV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "All the amendment does is define marriage. It is not an anti-gay amendment. It defines marriage, the institution for marriage, which for 2000 years has been a man and woman and 200 years under our Constitution; 38 states have passed that. It’s been something we have all assumed would remain as the law." http://archive.dccc.org/newsroom/entry/barbara_comstocks_right_wing_agenda_on_same-sex_marriage/ (archive.dccc.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

  • "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)
  • "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)

Key

Candidate Answer

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

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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