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David McKinley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WV) - District 1, Republican
David McKinley 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

  • "I am proudly pro-life and have been my entire life." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/972759/mckinley-votes-to-protect-the-unborn-empower-women-and-save-lives#.WnnQsme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It is completely unacceptable to use the tax dollars of hardworking Americans to fund abortions and today, the House took a very important step towards protecting and promoting the sanctity of life. As a father and grandfather, I know this bill will help protect many unborn children while respecting the personal convictions of taxpayers all across the country," https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179259/tax-dollars-should-not-fund-abortions#.WhQ20We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117396/david-mckinley#.WhQ2IWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proudly pro-life and have been my entire life." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/972759/mckinley-votes-to-protect-the-unborn-empower-women-and-save-lives#.WnnQsme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Votes in favor of H.R. 36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/61077#.WhQ1xWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It is completely unacceptable to use the tax dollars of hardworking Americans to fund abortions and today, the House took a very important step towards protecting and promoting the sanctity of life. As a father and grandfather, I know this bill will help protect many unborn children while respecting the personal convictions of taxpayers all across the country," https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179259/tax-dollars-should-not-fund-abortions#.WhQ20We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117396/david-mckinley#.WhQ2IWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Votes in favor of H.R. 36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/61077#.WhQ1xWe3wfI (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

  • "America's national debt is unsustainable and Washington cannot tax its way to a balanced budget. Tax increases are not the answer to the federal government's spending problem. Also, the corporate tax rate needs to be competitive in the global economy." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/839512/issue-position-tax-reform/?search=Budget#.WhQ3fGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "America's national debt is unsustainable and Washington cannot tax its way to a balanced budget. Tax increases are not the answer to the federal government's spending problem. Also, the corporate tax rate needs to be competitive in the global economy." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/839512/issue-position-tax-reform/?search=Budget#.WhQ3fGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Our tax code is broken […] It's been more than 30 years since we last updated the tax system, and the time is now to fix it […] With more than three quarters of American workers living paycheck to paycheck, we need to ensure middle class families keep more of what they earn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196758/mckinley-tax-reform-will-help-middle-class-families-make-america-more-competitive#.WhQ3PGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Our tax code is broken […] It's been more than 30 years since we last updated the tax system, and the time is now to fix it […] With more than three quarters of American workers living paycheck to paycheck, we need to ensure middle class families keep more of what they earn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196758/mckinley-tax-reform-will-help-middle-class-families-make-america-more-competitive#.WhQ3PGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "For the American public and our defense and our spending, I think it is a fiscally responsible thing to do to try to find a way to be responsible in our dollars." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080343/national-defense-authorization-act-for-fiscal-year-2017/?search=spending#.WnnTsme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Defense is one thing constitutionally we (Congress) are obligated to provide […] Over the life of that, the military will be gutted and we can't afford to have that." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/696346/news-and-sentinel-mckinley-addresses-budget-efforts/?search=military%20budget#.WnnRIme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "For the American public and our defense and our spending, I think it is a fiscally responsible thing to do to try to find a way to be responsible in our dollars." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080343/national-defense-authorization-act-for-fiscal-year-2017/?search=spending#.WnnTsme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Defense is one thing constitutionally we (Congress) are obligated to provide […] Over the life of that, the military will be gutted and we can't afford to have that." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/696346/news-and-sentinel-mckinley-addresses-budget-efforts/?search=military%20budget#.WnnRIme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • " He has been a steadfast supporter of our men and women in uniform and consistently voted for the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation that gives our military the tools it needs to protect our nation." https://mckinley.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15100 (mckinley.house.gov)
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

  • Rated 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117396/david-mckinley/12 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117396/david-mckinley/12 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Anyone who drives on our roads can see that we must invest in our infrastructure and fix our roads and bridges[...]This long term plan will give West Virginia and our local communities the certainty they need to make planning decisions and prioritize important projects such as Corridor H[...]Passing a long-term plan will help put people to work in construction, promote economic growth, and improve our quality of life[…]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1032087/mckinley-highway-bill-an-important-step-in-improving-our-roads/?search=growth#.WhQ5UWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470#.Wh14cme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Anyone who drives on our roads can see that we must invest in our infrastructure and fix our roads and bridges[...]This long term plan will give West Virginia and our local communities the certainty they need to make planning decisions and prioritize important projects such as Corridor H[...]Passing a long-term plan will help put people to work in construction, promote economic growth, and improve our quality of life[…]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1032087/mckinley-highway-bill-an-important-step-in-improving-our-roads/?search=growth#.WhQ5UWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470#.Wh14cme3wfI (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

  • "We must make our code simpler and fairer, and this bill removes special interest loopholes, reduces rates, and makes it so that most families can file their taxes on a postcard. It will also increase America's competitiveness on the world stage, and open the door for private sector job creation […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1210929/mckinley-votes-to-provide-middle-class-tax-relief/?search=corporate%20tax#.WnnQBWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "5.4% GDP growth, that's HUGE! With @POTUS rolling back regulations and Republicans in Congress passing the #TaxCutsandJobsAct, the American economic comeback is well underway" https://twitter.com/RepMcKinley/status/959165015310897154 (twitter.com)
  • "Our tax code is broken [...]It's been more than 30 years since we last updated the tax system, and the time is now to fix it[...]With more than three quarters of American workers living paycheck to paycheck, we need to ensure middle class families keep more of what they earn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196758/mckinley-tax-reform-will-help-middle-class-families-make-america-more-competitive#.WhQ3PGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must make our code simpler and fairer, and this bill removes special interest loopholes, reduces rates, and makes it so that most families can file their taxes on a postcard. It will also increase America's competitiveness on the world stage, and open the door for private sector job creation […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1210929/mckinley-votes-to-provide-middle-class-tax-relief/?search=corporate%20tax#.WnnQBWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/61788/117396/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WhQ8GGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "5.4% GDP growth, that's HUGE! With @POTUS rolling back regulations and Republicans in Congress passing the #TaxCutsandJobsAct, the American economic comeback is well underway" https://twitter.com/RepMcKinley/status/959165015310897154 (twitter.com)
  • "Our tax code is broken [...]It's been more than 30 years since we last updated the tax system, and the time is now to fix it[...]With more than three quarters of American workers living paycheck to paycheck, we need to ensure middle class families keep more of what they earn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196758/mckinley-tax-reform-will-help-middle-class-families-make-america-more-competitive#.WhQ3PGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/61788/117396/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WhQ8GGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our kids and grandkids are falling behind and the system is failing them. Today the House took a step in the right direction to say no to Common Core and yes to more local control." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1032090/mckinley-votes-to-replace-no-child-left-behind-return-power-to-teachers-and-parents/?search=Common#.WhRB0me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Our kids and grandkids are falling behind and the system is failing them. Today the House took a step in the right direction to say no to Common Core and yes to more local control." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1032090/mckinley-votes-to-replace-no-child-left-behind-return-power-to-teachers-and-parents/?search=Common#.WhRB0me3wfI (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

  • Voted in favor of H. Amdt. 671 "Prohibits Funds from Being Used for Certain Climate Change Reports" https://votesmart.org/bill/18249/48233/117396/prohibits-funds-from-being-used-for-certain-climate-change-reports (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. McKinley believes we should also encourage the use of wind, water and solar as alternatives to fossil fuels. […] Rep. McKinley believes in market-based solutions to providing America's energy needs." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/839504/issue-position-energy-and-environment/?search=solar#.WnnbBme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H. Amdt. 671 "Prohibits Funds from Being Used for Certain Climate Change Reports" https://votesmart.org/bill/18249/48233/117396/prohibits-funds-from-being-used-for-certain-climate-change-reports (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. McKinley believes we should also encourage the use of wind, water and solar as alternatives to fossil fuels. […] Rep. McKinley believes in market-based solutions to providing America's energy needs." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/839504/issue-position-energy-and-environment/?search=solar#.WnnbBme3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The mission of the EPA is to stop America from burning coal and they don't have any qualms about that […] Imagine what would happen to our economy if they are successful with that." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/696346/news-and-sentinel-mckinley-addresses-budget-efforts/?search=military%20budget#.WnnRIme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The mission of the EPA is to stop America from burning coal and they don't have any qualms about that […] Imagine what would happen to our economy if they are successful with that." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/696346/news-and-sentinel-mckinley-addresses-budget-efforts/?search=military%20budget#.WnnRIme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Paris Climate Agreement is a flawed deal that puts America's energy needs and economic growth on the back burner, while transferring money and power to unelected international bureaucrats" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179380/mckinley-applauds-withdrawal-from-paris-climate-agreement/?search=paris#.WhRFgWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Paris Climate Agreement is a flawed deal that puts America's energy needs and economic growth on the back burner, while transferring money and power to unelected international bureaucrats" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179380/mckinley-applauds-withdrawal-from-paris-climate-agreement/?search=paris#.WhRFgWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117396/david-mckinley/37#.WhRHWWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1181 "Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/58745#.WhRHzGe3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • "We all agree that terrorists should not be able to purchase guns but we can't jeopardize people's Constitutional rights or threaten due process." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103507/mckinley-statement-on-house-democrats-sit-in/?search=terrorism#.WnneUme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117396/david-mckinley/37#.WhRHWWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We all agree that terrorists should not be able to purchase guns but we can't jeopardize people's Constitutional rights or threaten due process." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103507/mckinley-statement-on-house-democrats-sit-in/?search=terrorism#.WnneUme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1181 "Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/58745#.WhRHzGe3wfl (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This agenda must include the repeal and replacement of Obamacare […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1142949/mckinley-the-american-people-have-spoken#.Wnnb3me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "American families deserve better than the unaffordable costs, reduced choices, and cancelled plans Obamacare has forced on them. This law was funded on the backs of our seniors and sold on false promises that you could keep your doctor, keep your plan, and costs would go down. And that did not happen. Today we've kept our promise to families and businesses in West Virginia suffering under this law" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/954114/mckinley-votes-to-repeal-and-replace-obamacare/?search=obama#.WhRIz2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In an effort to overcome Obama's ill-advised polices of economic growth, the House has adopted policies to reduce the regulatory burdens on our job creators, implement comprehensive tax reform which will produce jobs and spur economic growth and overturn ObamaCare" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/747978/mckinley-expresses-continued-frustration-over-dismal-job-growth-and-unemployment-numbers/?search=Growth#.WhQ8fWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This agenda must include the repeal and replacement of Obamacare […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1142949/mckinley-the-american-people-have-spoken#.Wnnb3me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "American families deserve better than the unaffordable costs, reduced choices, and cancelled plans Obamacare has forced on them. This law was funded on the backs of our seniors and sold on false promises that you could keep your doctor, keep your plan, and costs would go down. And that did not happen. Today we've kept our promise to families and businesses in West Virginia suffering under this law" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/954114/mckinley-votes-to-repeal-and-replace-obamacare/?search=obama#.WhRIz2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In an effort to overcome Obama's ill-advised polices of economic growth, the House has adopted policies to reduce the regulatory burdens on our job creators, implement comprehensive tax reform which will produce jobs and spur economic growth and overturn ObamaCare" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/747978/mckinley-expresses-continued-frustration-over-dismal-job-growth-and-unemployment-numbers/?search=Growth#.WhQ8fWe3wfI (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

  • "We have until March 5th to find a plan to protect the children who were brought here illegally through no fault of their own and to secure our border so we can keep our nation and citizens safe." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219836/mckinley-with-government-funded-time-to-get-back-to-the-negotiating-table/?search=daca#.WnnVmWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "American needs to enforce our laws to stop illegal immigration. Amnesty is not the answer. I am absolutely opposed to providing free healthcare to illegal immigrants." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/499229/issue-position-immigration#.WhRJrWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I remain strongly committed to enforcing our nation's immigration laws and oppose this abuse of power." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/707042/rep-mckinley-responds-to-obamas-controversial-illegal-immigration-decision#.WhRJsGe3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • "We have until March 5th to find a plan to protect the children who were brought here illegally through no fault of their own and to secure our border so we can keep our nation and citizens safe." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219836/mckinley-with-government-funded-time-to-get-back-to-the-negotiating-table/?search=daca#.WnnVmWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We've seen too many stories of innocent people victimized by illegal immigrants with lengthy criminal records" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179397/mckinley-votes-to-protect-public-safety-enforce-immigration-law#.WhRJLWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "American needs to enforce our laws to stop illegal immigration. Amnesty is not the answer. I am absolutely opposed to providing free healthcare to illegal immigrants." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/499229/issue-position-immigration#.WhRJrWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I remain strongly committed to enforcing our nation's immigration laws and oppose this abuse of power." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/707042/rep-mckinley-responds-to-obamas-controversial-illegal-immigration-decision#.WhRJsGe3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • "We've seen too many stories of innocent people victimized by illegal immigrants with lengthy criminal records" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179397/mckinley-votes-to-protect-public-safety-enforce-immigration-law#.WhRJLWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117396/david-mckinley#.WnnXB2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117396/david-mckinley#.WnnXB2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by theNational Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117396/david-mckinley#.WnnXB2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by theNational Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117396/david-mckinley#.WnnXB2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • Rated 100% by the Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117396/david-mckinley#.WnoGRme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/117396/david-mckinley#.WnoGRme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "A staunch opponent of the Iran Nuclear Deal, Congressman McKinley has voted numerous times to oppose the Obama Administration’s ill-conceived attempts to appease one of the world’s foremost state sponsors of terrorism." https://mckinley.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15100 (mckinley.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It comes down to either doing nothing to stop ongoing terrorism from ISIL and thereby allowing them to slaughter innocent people who don't follow their radical ideology or standing together with others in the global community against the imminent threat. Again, this does not call for additional funding or boots on the ground." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/933068/mckinley-statement-on-passage-of-continuing-resolution-and-isil-amendment/?search=isil#.Wnnfj2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It comes down to either doing nothing to stop ongoing terrorism from ISIL and thereby allowing them to slaughter innocent people who don't follow their radical ideology or standing together with others in the global community against the imminent threat. Again, this does not call for additional funding or boots on the ground." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/933068/mckinley-statement-on-passage-of-continuing-resolution-and-isil-amendment/?search=isil#.Wnnfj2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I commend President Trump, his national security team, and our brave men and women in the military for their quick and decisive action against the tyrannical Syrian regime. Hopefully the world can come together to finally stop this bloody conflict" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179338/mckinley-commends-president-trumps-military-strikes-in-syria/?search=syria#.Wnne62e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I commend President Trump, his national security team, and our brave men and women in the military for their quick and decisive action against the tyrannical Syrian regime. Hopefully the world can come together to finally stop this bloody conflict" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179338/mckinley-commends-president-trumps-military-strikes-in-syria/?search=syria#.Wnne62e3wfI (votesmart.org)

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