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David Valadao's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 21, Republican
On The Ballot: Won, Republican for U.S. House - District 21
David Valadao 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. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50973 (votesmart.org)
  • Hanford Sentinel "As a father of three, devout Catholic and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I strongly believe in the sanctity of human life" http://hanfordsentinel.com/news/local/valadao-takes-stand-on-abortion/article_35651d74-dde9-11e2-9286-001a4bcf887a.html (hanfordsentinel.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120200/david-valadao#.Va5_a3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50973 (votesmart.org)
  • Hanford Sentinel "As a father of three, devout Catholic and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I strongly believe in the sanctity of human life" http://hanfordsentinel.com/news/local/valadao-takes-stand-on-abortion/article_35651d74-dde9-11e2-9286-001a4bcf887a.html (hanfordsentinel.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120200/david-valadao#.Va5_a3UVhHw (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

  • "Implementing a fairer tax code with strong incentives to work and invest will broaden our tax base, lower the tax burden for all Americans, and provide increased support for necessary federal programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767157/issue-position-spending-and-debt#.Va6BMXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Implementing a fairer tax code with strong incentives to work and invest will broaden our tax base, lower the tax burden for all Americans, and provide increased support for necessary federal programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767157/issue-position-spending-and-debt#.Va6BMXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, David Valadao, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of California, 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#.VcEDoHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, David Valadao, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of California, 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#.VcEDoHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "September 11, 2001, reminded us that our military must have the resources it needs to defend our nation’s interests abroad and protect us from those who would attack us at home. Even in these times of fiscal austerity, we must ensure our men and women in uniform receive the training and equipment they need to defend the freedoms we as Americans enjoy every day." https://valadao.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=103533 (valadao.house.gov)
  • "September 11, 2001, reminded us that our military must have the resources it needs to defend our nation’s interests abroad and protect us from those who would attack us at home. Even in these times of fiscal austerity, we must ensure our men and women in uniform receive the training and equipment they need to defend the freedoms we as Americans enjoy every day." https://valadao.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=103533 (valadao.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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/5447 (votesmart.org)
  • "A $15 trillion black hole that increased 42% in the past three years is one reason David Valadao favors cutting government spending and supports a strict two-thirds vote requirement before Congress can hike taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702017/issue-position-reduce-the-national-debt#.Va6Am3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/5447 (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the United States faces an unprecedented fiscal crisis. The solution to this crisis lies in reining in government spending, not raising taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767160/issue-position-tax-reform#.Va6ABHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "A $15 trillion black hole that increased 42% in the past three years is one reason David Valadao favors cutting government spending and supports a strict two-thirds vote requirement before Congress can hike taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702017/issue-position-reduce-the-national-debt#.Va6Am3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the United States faces an unprecedented fiscal crisis. The solution to this crisis lies in reining in government spending, not raising taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767160/issue-position-tax-reform#.Va6ABHUVhHw (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

  • "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will simplify our tax code by creating five tax brackets instead of seven – making it easier and less time consuming for my constituents to file their taxes." https://valadao.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398480 (valadao.house.gov)
  • "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will simplify our tax code by creating five tax brackets instead of seven – making it easier and less time consuming for my constituents to file their taxes." https://valadao.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398480 (valadao.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of the H.R.1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/120200/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.W6vtC3WPAfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "David Valadao knows the 'one-size-fits-all' approach by Washington, D.C. bureaucrats only interferes with our local schools plus he supports expanding vocational and trade school options for our students." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702020/issue-position-give-students-more-opportunities#.Va6DfHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As the father of three, one of David's top priorities is ensuring every child has access to a quality, affordable education.He knows the 'one-size-fits-all' approach of Washington bureaucrats only hinders the education of our nation's children. Parents and educators should have the resources and flexibility to provide an education that meet the needs of their community and each individual student." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881333/issue-position-education#.Va6C-nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "David Valadao knows the 'one-size-fits-all' approach by Washington, D.C. bureaucrats only interferes with our local schools plus he supports expanding vocational and trade school options for our students." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702020/issue-position-give-students-more-opportunities#.Va6DfHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Parents and educators should have the resources and flexibility to provide an education that meet the needs of their community and each individual student. Education should be more comprehensive at all levels and David supports expanding vocational and trade school options for our students." https://www.valadaoforcongress.com/issues/ (www.valadaoforcongress.com)
  • "As the father of three, one of David's top priorities is ensuring every child has access to a quality, affordable education.He knows the 'one-size-fits-all' approach of Washington bureaucrats only hinders the education of our nation's children. Parents and educators should have the resources and flexibility to provide an education that meet the needs of their community and each individual student." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881333/issue-position-education#.Va6C-nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Parents and educators should have the resources and flexibility to provide an education that meet the needs of their community and each individual student. Education should be more comprehensive at all levels and David supports expanding vocational and trade school options for our students." https://www.valadaoforcongress.com/issues/ (www.valadaoforcongress.com)
Yes 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

  • "In the long term, securing energy independence means expanding American renewable energy sources including: solar, wind, hydro and nuclear power and promoting emerging domestic energy technologies. In addition, we must lower our national demand for energy by supporting innovation to improve our economy's energy efficiency." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767149/issue-position-energy#.Va6FdXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In additional to renewable energy sources, our State has the potential to produce oil and natural gas, solar energy and hydro-power. Developing California's energy resources will create jobs in our communities while lowering our national demand for energy by supporting innovation to improve our economy's energy efficiency." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881345/issue-position-energy#.Va6E5XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In the long term, securing energy independence means expanding American renewable energy sources including: solar, wind, hydro and nuclear power and promoting emerging domestic energy technologies. In addition, we must lower our national demand for energy by supporting innovation to improve our economy's energy efficiency." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767149/issue-position-energy#.Va6FdXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In additional to renewable energy sources, our State has the potential to produce oil and natural gas, solar energy and hydro-power. Developing California's energy resources will create jobs in our communities while lowering our national demand for energy by supporting innovation to improve our economy's energy efficiency." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881345/issue-position-energy#.Va6E5XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 585 "Prohibits the Social Cost of Carbon from Being Included in Agency Determinations" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46997 (votesmart.org)
  • "Over the last several years, there have been dramatic changes in the energy policy of the United States. And as result, energy prices have significantly increased. Cap-and-trade legislation failed to pass the House in 2009. However, Washington bureaucrats have already implemented several parts of cap-and-trade through erroneous EPA regulations. These regulations put limitations on carbon emissions, diminishing oil and gas production in my district." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/780726/energy-independence/?search=emissions (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.VafLa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 585 "Prohibits the Social Cost of Carbon from Being Included in Agency Determinations" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46997 (votesmart.org)
  • "Over the last several years, there have been dramatic changes in the energy policy of the United States. And as result, energy prices have significantly increased. Cap-and-trade legislation failed to pass the House in 2009. However, Washington bureaucrats have already implemented several parts of cap-and-trade through erroneous EPA regulations. These regulations put limitations on carbon emissions, diminishing oil and gas production in my district." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/780726/energy-independence/?search=emissions (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.VafLa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120200/david-valadao/37#.Va6II3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120200/david-valadao/37#.Va6II3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464#.Va6IlHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464#.Va6IlHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Obamacare's devastating impact on the health-care industry effectively reduced access to health-care services and treatment for entire communities. Possession of an insurance card does not equate to health-care services and medical treatment. This is why I voted in favor of the American Health Care Act." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1197438/fresno-bee-why-i-voted-for-the-american-health-care-act#.W6vwAXWPAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Clearly, ObamaCare has many problems yet to be resolved. Implementation of a one year delay will allow these problems to be identified and corrected or for an alternative solution to be put in place." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/816655/congressman-valadao-votes-on-plan-to-stop-obamacare-and-keep-government-open#.Va6KEHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In California's 21st Congressional District families are struggling under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly referred to as ObamaCare. As the Administration continues to miss important implementation deadlines and waive or delay core provisions, it becomes clear just how unworkable this legislation is for Americans. These reforms have driven up costs for small businesses, the backbone of our economy, who are also left responsible for billions of dollars of fraud. Now the Administration wants to use the honor system to confirm insurance subsidies for individuals which, without proper verification of eligibility, could mean billions of dollars in fraudulent and wasteful payments." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/811931/valadao-votes-to-fight-obamacare-fraud (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provision in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VafM-XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "David supports repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with a market-based approach to healthcare reform that provides individuals with competitive choices and addresses the needs of those unable to afford healthcare insurance." https://www.valadaoforcongress.com/issues/ (www.valadaoforcongress.com)
  • "Clearly, ObamaCare has many problems yet to be resolved. Implementation of a one year delay will allow these problems to be identified and corrected or for an alternative solution to be put in place." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/816655/congressman-valadao-votes-on-plan-to-stop-obamacare-and-keep-government-open#.Va6KEHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provision in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VafM-XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "David supports repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with a market-based approach to healthcare reform that provides individuals with competitive choices and addresses the needs of those unable to afford healthcare insurance." https://www.valadaoforcongress.com/issues/ (www.valadaoforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "'Enhanced border security is an issue fundamental to our national security. We need to know who, and what, is coming across our border. Improving border security is vital to preventing drugs, diseased crops, and weapons from being smuggled into the United States illegally. It is also essential in keeping known criminals and suspected terrorists from entering the United States. The SMART Act will ensure we utilize the most innovated technology to secure and protect our nation,' said Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21). " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179282/hurd-introduces-21st-century-smart-wall-legislation/?search=Wall#.W2HEPmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No 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 A.B.2189 "Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Certain Individuals Ineligible for a Social Security Number" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41609 (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Valadao expressed his support for a pathway to citizenship for those currently undocumented in the United States as well as his desire to ensure the issue was addressed this year." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/827728/valadao-discusses-immigration-reform-priorities#.Va6RSXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "David supports a reasonable and responsible pathway to citizenship for those wishing to enter our country and those already here. This will allow many undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows, get involved in their children's education, find employment, and raise their families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881343/issue-position-immigration#.Va6KfHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of A.B.2189 "Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Certain Individuals Ineligible for a Social Security Number" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41609 (votesmart.org)
  • "David supports a reasonable and responsible pathway to citizenship for those wishing to enter our country and those already here. This will allow many undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows, get involved in their children’s education, find employment, and raise their families." https://www.valadaoforcongress.com/issues/ (www.valadaoforcongress.com)
  • "Congressman Valadao expressed his support for a pathway to citizenship for those currently undocumented in the United States as well as his desire to ensure the issue was addressed this year." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/827728/valadao-discusses-immigration-reform-priorities#.Va6RSXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "David supports a reasonable and responsible pathway to citizenship for those wishing to enter our country and those already here. This will allow many undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows, get involved in their children's education, find employment, and raise their families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881343/issue-position-immigration#.Va6KfHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "David supports a reasonable and responsible pathway to citizenship for those wishing to enter our country and those already here. This will allow many undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows, get involved in their children’s education, find employment, and raise their families." https://www.valadaoforcongress.com/issues/ (www.valadaoforcongress.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

  • "As we continue to fight terrorism abroad, it is important to strengthen relationships with allies in the region, making this visit even more important." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080821/rep-valadao-concludes-first-stop-on-middle-east-codel/?search=ISIS (votesmart.org)
  • "As we continue to fight terrorism abroad, it is important to strengthen relationships with allies in the region, making this visit even more important." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080821/rep-valadao-concludes-first-stop-on-middle-east-codel/?search=ISIS (votesmart.org)

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