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Martha McSally's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 2, Republican
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Martha McSally 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

  • Blog for Arizona "I believe that life begins at conception and we need to make sure that we, we – the sanctity of life is preserved." (
  • Rated 8% by Planned Parenthood (
  • "I believe in the sanctity of every human life." (
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

  • Arizona Daily Star "We must rein in our debt, and I believe this is best done by reducing federal spending, simplifying the tax code, and keep taxes at the lowest possible level so that people can create jobs and increase economic activity." (
  • "The House Ways and Means Committee today favorably approved U.S. Representative Martha McSally's legislation, the Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act, clearing a major hurdle for the bill in Congress. The legislation reverses a tax hike contained in the President's health care law on middle class families and stops it from taking effect on seniors." (
  • Signed the Tax Payer Protection Pledge "ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project 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

  • "If we don't rein in spending now and reduce our deficit, we risk the retirements of so many senior citizens who have worked and saved their entire lives, and the future of every generation to come. We have to get more bang for our tax buck. The wasteful, spending programs of recent years cannot continue." (
  • "The legislation advances projects such as the widening of SR-189 near Nogales and the construction of the Sonoran Corridor, a project that could bring about billions of dollars in economic growth and hundreds of thousands of new jobs here. It also enables federal funding for important trade routes like the I-19 network and I-11 system. This is what getting things done looks like, and I'm proud of the bipartisan work in the House and Senate to move this bill forward." (
  • "Getting our spending under control and tackling the greatest challenges facing us will require both sides to come together and find common ground to make our country stronger." (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed the Tax Payer Protection Pledge "ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
  • "We have to reduce federal regulations, cut taxes, and stop Washington from choosing economic winners and losers based on who has the best lobbyists." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is not right to deny children stuck in failing schools the option for a better education that focuses on local control, parent involvement, choice, and competition. Taxpayer dollars should be going to improving education, not paying for federal bureaucrats to dictate mandates and standards from D.C." (
  • "Students, teachers and families are being hamstrung by needless interference in what should be state and local decisions. We have to free our teachers to be creative and unlock the potential of every individual child -- not subject them to endless tests and bureaucratic roadblocks." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • "I’m not surprised Ron Barber doesn’t want to talk about his record on job creation. He’s voted against commonsense jobs projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline, has been a strong advocate for the penalties, taxes, [...]" (
No 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

  • "The United States must become the leader in efficient energy production strategies and tactics, led by the private sector." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Implementation of the Proposed Rule will result in increased cost and decreased reliability for hundreds of thousands of Arizona residents. The EPA’s proposed rule, referred to by the agency as the Clean Power Plan, requires Arizona to cut carbon emissions by 52% over the next 15 years, the second most stringent requirement in the country." (
  • "We have to ensure that while we are making the best use of our natural resources, we do so in a responsible manner. Nobody wants to drink polluted water or breathe bad air." (
  • 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' " (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms." (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (
  • The Daily Wildcat "[...]supports the full enforcement of federal laws that are in place to keep guns out of the hands of prohibited persons, including convicted felons (including stalkers), domestic abusers, the mentally ill and people in the country illegally." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our health care system has been broken for a long time, but the president's health care law is not the solution to fix it. In some cases, it is making matters worse[…]we should replace it with a bipartisan solution[...]" (
  • "Mr. Barber's vote to save Obamacare is example number 1 of why he needs to be replaced in Congress. Obamacare is costing Americans jobs and driving up our debt. Ron Barber has only been in Washington for 3 weeks and has already become part of the problem. A vote for Obamacare is a vote against small businesses and a vote against fiscal responsibility." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" (
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

  • "It’s true that our immigration system is broken, and that the president’s unilateral actions have made it worse. But it is neither practical nor fair to deport young migrants who freely came forward, giving information such as fingerprints and home addresses to our government, under the auspices that they would be given deferred status," (
  • "We must strictly enforce our immigration laws. Once our border is secure, we have to develop a system that ends the arbitrary quota system, and streamlines the process for law-abiding immigrants who want to come here and fulfill their dreams. We have to know who is entering our country, and why. We need to keep out anyone who would harm us, while offering those who would work for it a chance to succeed." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tucson Weekly "Philosophically, I believe marriage is between one man and one woman, and it should be left to the states." (
  • Rated 23% by Stonewall Democrats of Arizona (
  • "Believe that marriage is between one woman and one man." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We have not unleashed American air power to be able to rain down on this caliphate. And they have declared themselves as a state. We need to treat them like a state. Take out their vulnerabilities. Take out their command and control. Take out their logistics." (
  • "America cannot allow our enemies unfettered access to the vast ungoverned regions of our planet. We must clearly define our national interests, craft the strategy to safeguard those interests, and then focus our resources to ensure the safety, security, and future prosperity of our nation." (
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am against any effort to privatize Social Security because seniors have paid into this program their entire lives and are relying on it for retirement security. We cannot violate our promise to them." (


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Inferred Answer

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