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Paul Gosar's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 4, Republican
Paul Gosar 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 have always believed that life begins at conception and because of that belief I’ve worked to end funding to Planned Parenthood for its abortion services.  I believe the Supreme Court was wrong in adopting Roe v. Wade, which is a dark stain on the Court.  I’m proud to have been a speaker at the March for Life in Washington and champion for life in the House of Representatives.  I have an A rating from National Right to Life and am co-sponsor of the Heartbeat Bill, which makes abortions illegal as soon as the fetus’ heartbeat can be detected." http://www.gosarforcongress.com/on-the-issues/protecting-the-sanctity-of-life (www.gosarforcongress.com)
  • 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/123491/paul-gosar/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always believed that life begins at conception and because of that belief I’ve worked to end funding to Planned Parenthood for its abortion services.  I believe the Supreme Court was wrong in adopting Roe v. Wade, which is a dark stain on the Court.  I’m proud to have been a speaker at the March for Life in Washington and champion for life in the House of Representatives.  I have an A rating from National Right to Life and am co-sponsor of the Heartbeat Bill, which makes abortions illegal as soon as the fetus’ heartbeat can be detected." http://www.gosarforcongress.com/on-the-issues/protecting-the-sanctity-of-life (www.gosarforcongress.com)
  • 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/123491/paul-gosar/2 (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 will not vote to increase taxes. I stand firm in my conviction that you are the best person to determine how to spend it. Between federal income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, state taxes, payroll taxes, airline and transportation taxes, cell phone taxes, utility taxes, fuel taxes, alternative minimum taxes, etc., the American people are taxed enough. It is your money, for your family. I will always fight to ensure your family gets to keep your hard earned dollars." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852575/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
  • "I will not vote to increase taxes. I stand firm in my conviction that you are the best person to determine how to spend it. Between federal income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, state taxes, payroll taxes, airline and transportation taxes, cell phone taxes, utility taxes, fuel taxes, alternative minimum taxes, etc., the American people are taxed enough. It is your money, for your family. I will always fight to ensure your family gets to keep your hard earned dollars." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852575/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

  • "America’s national security is of utmost importance. As a constitutionalist, I believe that providing for our nation's common defense is the core responsibility of the federal government. I am a strong supporter of our troops and have consistently voted to provide them with the resources they need to accomplish their missions. " https://gosar.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15176 (gosar.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.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Throughout my time in Congress, I have been a strong supporter of Arizona transportation initiatives. I have worked with local cities, towns, counties, and tribal governments to advocate on behalf of rural Arizona projects. I have fought to ensure federal transportation programs give rural proposals a fair shot in the competitive process. I was instrumental in the authorization of the future I-11 corridor project, the critical first step of the major economic development project that will connect Phoenix and Las Vegas, the two largest cities in the nation not linked by an interstate highway." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/979056/issue-position-transportation (votesmart.org)
  • "Throughout my time in Congress, I have been a strong supporter of Arizona transportation initiatives. I have worked with local cities, towns, counties, and tribal governments to advocate on behalf of rural Arizona projects. I have fought to ensure federal transportation programs give rural proposals a fair shot in the competitive process. I was instrumental in the authorization of the future I-11 corridor project, the critical first step of the major economic development project that will connect Phoenix and Las Vegas, the two largest cities in the nation not linked by an interstate highway." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/979056/issue-position-transportation (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

  • Vote in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62172/123491/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WzU_dq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Vote in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62172/123491/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WzU_dq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a general matter, education is something that is usually best handled at the local level. Local communities and school boards know what their students need on a day to day basis far better than anyone in Washington, D.C. Dictates from the federal government about what shall or shall not be taught are generally misguided." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671579/issue-position-education#.VXiF5XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a general matter, education is something that is usually best handled at the local level. Local communities and school boards know what their students need on a day to day basis far better than anyone in Washington, D.C. Dictates from the federal government about what shall or shall not be taught are generally misguided." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671579/issue-position-education#.VXiF5XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • "I have introduced bipartisan legislation, the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act, that streamlines permitting for wind, solar and geothermal energy projects on public lands, while creating a revenue source to assist local governments in their efforts […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852566/issue-position-energy#.VXiGg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have introduced bipartisan legislation, the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act, that streamlines permitting for wind, solar and geothermal energy projects on public lands, while creating a revenue source to assist local governments in their efforts […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852566/issue-position-energy#.VXiGg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced alarming new plans to set carbon standards for existing power plants […] These plans are the Obama Administration's new strategy to impose a 'cap and trade' agenda on coal-fired energy production, even though a bipartisan majority in Congress rejected those policies more than four years ago." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/827258/arizona-republic-epas-war-on-coal-could-destroy-arizonas-energy-future/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.VXiKB3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced alarming new plans to set carbon standards for existing power plants […] These plans are the Obama Administration's new strategy to impose a 'cap and trade' agenda on coal-fired energy production, even though a bipartisan majority in Congress rejected those policies more than four years ago." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/827258/arizona-republic-epas-war-on-coal-could-destroy-arizonas-energy-future/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.VXiKB3UVhHw (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)
  • 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

  • "I am especially pleased to see the House support my actions today to protect the second amendment and defund the 7N6 ammo ban, not only because of the legislation's merits, but also because the idea for the amendment was inspired by citizens from Prescott, Arizona." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/978693/idea-for-successful-gosar-amendment-blocking-ammo-ban-inspired-by-prescott-az-citizens#.VXiKyXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a strong constitutionalist, I firmly support the Second Amendment and I’m proud to have an A rating from the NRA and Gun Owners of America.  I will continue to fight against liberals and globalists who believe that restricting the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens will reduce violent crime.  We must look at the root causes of crime, not the tools used to commit crimes, and taking guns from law abiding citizens won’t make them more safe – it will make them less safe.  Our founders enshrined the Bill of Rights to protect the individual and I will always work to protect those rights." http://www.gosarforcongress.com/on-the-issues/right-to-bear-arms (www.gosarforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/123491/paul-gosar/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "As a strong constitutionalist, I firmly support the Second Amendment and I’m proud to have an A rating from the NRA and Gun Owners of America.  I will continue to fight against liberals and globalists who believe that restricting the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens will reduce violent crime.  We must look at the root causes of crime, not the tools used to commit crimes, and taking guns from law abiding citizens won’t make them more safe – it will make them less safe.  Our founders enshrined the Bill of Rights to protect the individual and I will always work to protect those rights." http://www.gosarforcongress.com/on-the-issues/right-to-bear-arms (www.gosarforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/123491/paul-gosar/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am especially pleased to see the House support my actions today to protect the second amendment and defund the 7N6 ammo ban, not only because of the legislation's merits, but also because the idea for the amendment was inspired by citizens from Prescott, Arizona." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/978693/idea-for-successful-gosar-amendment-blocking-ammo-ban-inspired-by-prescott-az-citizens#.VXiKyXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "TIMEOUT on the American Health Care Act. Arizona families deserve better than this legislation, and I will not break my promise that I made to deliver a full repeal of Obamacare. Now is the time to start from square one in building collaborative health care solutions that focus on putting patient choice first, allowing free market competition and fixing the inefficiencies in our current system." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1233795/prescott-daily-courier-why-i-opposed-the-american-health-care-act/?search=Obamacare#.WzU7-K3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54913 (votesmart.org)
  • "I support a full repeal of the ACA and believe we must create a system which empowers patients to be in control of their health care, not one that empowers government bureaucrats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1127376/issue-position-healthcare/?search=Obamacare#.WzU8ha3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "TIMEOUT on the American Health Care Act. Arizona families deserve better than this legislation, and I will not break my promise that I made to deliver a full repeal of Obamacare. Now is the time to start from square one in building collaborative health care solutions that focus on putting patient choice first, allowing free market competition and fixing the inefficiencies in our current system." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1233795/prescott-daily-courier-why-i-opposed-the-american-health-care-act/?search=Obamacare#.WzU7-K3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54913 (votesmart.org)
  • "I support a full repeal of the ACA and believe we must create a system which empowers patients to be in control of their health care, not one that empowers government bureaucrats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1127376/issue-position-healthcare/?search=Obamacare#.WzU8ha3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed letter stating "Before the House departs for the upcoming district work period, we ask House Leadership to bring a bill to the floor that funds enhanced border security measures, including following through on a commitment made by President Trump: the construction of a border wall." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1175595/letter-to-the-hon-paul-ryan-speaker-of-the-house-and-the-hon-kevin-mccarthy-majority-leader-of-the-house-fund-the-border-wall/?search=border%20wall#.WzU9Va3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed letter stating "Before the House departs for the upcoming district work period, we ask House Leadership to bring a bill to the floor that funds enhanced border security measures, including following through on a commitment made by President Trump: the construction of a border wall." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1175595/letter-to-the-hon-paul-ryan-speaker-of-the-house-and-the-hon-kevin-mccarthy-majority-leader-of-the-house-fund-the-border-wall/?search=border%20wall#.WzU9Va3SQfI (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

  • "Dr. Gosar opposes amnesty in all forms and will continue to do everything in his power to secure the border and end unlawful executive immigration policies that are putting Arizona communities at risk." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103122/issue-position-immigration-and-border-security (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress has made no new authorizations or appropriations to send planes to Central America for the purposes of flying illegal immigrants back to the U.S. Given our current national security threats and border crises, I am appalled that the administration would create and implement a new amnesty program that will incentivize further illegal immigration." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/975118/rep-gosar-calls-on-obama-administration-to-immediately-terminate-central-american-amnesty-flight-program#.VXiMlXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Dr. Gosar opposes amnesty in all forms and will continue to do everything in his power to secure the border and end unlawful executive immigration policies that are putting Arizona communities at risk." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103122/issue-position-immigration-and-border-security (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.136 "Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693 (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress has made no new authorizations or appropriations to send planes to Central America for the purposes of flying illegal immigrants back to the U.S. Given our current national security threats and border crises, I am appalled that the administration would create and implement a new amnesty program that will incentivize further illegal immigration." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/975118/rep-gosar-calls-on-obama-administration-to-immediately-terminate-central-american-amnesty-flight-program#.VXiMlXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.136 "Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Let me be blunt: Regardless of any opinions on medical or recreational marijuana use, federal welfare dollars should not be spent to purchase weed. The sole purpose of this bill is to prohibit marijuana from being purchased with SNAP and TANF welfare benefits. These programs provide food and other basic living essentials for the neediest families. My legislation prohibits beneficiaries from purchasing pot with federal tax dollars that should be used by recipients to feed and care for their families." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/975086/rep-gosar-introduces-bipartisan-legislation-no-welfare-for-weed-act#.WzU9FK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Let me be blunt: Regardless of any opinions on medical or recreational marijuana use, federal welfare dollars should not be spent to purchase weed. The sole purpose of this bill is to prohibit marijuana from being purchased with SNAP and TANF welfare benefits. These programs provide food and other basic living essentials for the neediest families. My legislation prohibits beneficiaries from purchasing pot with federal tax dollars that should be used by recipients to feed and care for their families." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/975086/rep-gosar-introduces-bipartisan-legislation-no-welfare-for-weed-act#.WzU9FK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "What about Iran? Speeches won't "contain" nuclear weapons." https://twitter.com/RepGosar/status/162008246943621124 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With recent ISIS murders of 2 Japanese nationals and a Jordanian national, the time to act is now. The United States must clearly demonstrate resolve to bring an end to these atrocities. I want these monsters to know that when you harm innocent Americans, swift and absolute justice will follow close behind." http://gosar.house.gov/press-release/rep-gosar-introduces-bipartisan-bill-bring-isis-other-terrorists-justice (gosar.house.gov)
  • "The American people have a decreased desire for conflict as a result of lengthy and costly operations in the Middle East. But without these targeted airstrikes against ISIS, these savages will continue their horrendous and despicable acts against the Iraqi people which include rape and mass genocide. Additionally, these strikes are necessary to protect U.S troops and facilities in the region. Our nation has spilled blood and treasure over the years to liberate the Iraqi people from oppression. It would be an insult to our soldiers and the Iraqi people alike if the U.S. stood by and did nothing and let this terrorist organization rule the region as they see fit." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/917825/rep-gosar-supportive-of-targeted-airstrikes-against-isis (votesmart.org)
  • "Signaling to your enemy what you’re not willing to do militarily sends a message of weakness, ineptitude emboldening ISIS to grow stronger." https://twitter.com/RepGosar/status/509888072948133888 (twitter.com)
  • "With recent ISIS murders of 2 Japanese nationals and a Jordanian national, the time to act is now. The United States must clearly demonstrate resolve to bring an end to these atrocities. I want these monsters to know that when you harm innocent Americans, swift and absolute justice will follow close behind." http://gosar.house.gov/press-release/rep-gosar-introduces-bipartisan-bill-bring-isis-other-terrorists-justice (gosar.house.gov)
  • "The American people have a decreased desire for conflict as a result of lengthy and costly operations in the Middle East. But without these targeted airstrikes against ISIS, these savages will continue their horrendous and despicable acts against the Iraqi people which include rape and mass genocide. Additionally, these strikes are necessary to protect U.S troops and facilities in the region. Our nation has spilled blood and treasure over the years to liberate the Iraqi people from oppression. It would be an insult to our soldiers and the Iraqi people alike if the U.S. stood by and did nothing and let this terrorist organization rule the region as they see fit." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/917825/rep-gosar-supportive-of-targeted-airstrikes-against-isis (votesmart.org)
  • "I supported vetting of high-risk people form the outset & continue to support @POTUS in his efforts to defeat ISIS & defend the Homeland." https://twitter.com/RepGosar/status/879388529993932801 (twitter.com)

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