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Martha McSally's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 2, Republican
Martha McSally 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 believe in the sanctity of every human life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676929/#.VW9BA3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • 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." http://blogforarizona.net/questions-for-martha-mcsally-what-exactly-is-your-position-on-abortion-rights-and-personhood-legislation/ (blogforarizona.net)
  • "I believe in the sanctity of every human life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676929/#.VW9BA3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • 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." http://blogforarizona.net/questions-for-martha-mcsally-what-exactly-is-your-position-on-abortion-rights-and-personhood-legislation/ (blogforarizona.net)
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." http://live.azstarnet.com/Event/Chat_with_CD_8_Republican_candidate_Martha_McSally (live.azstarnet.com)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1102999/house-committee-passes-us-rep-mcsally-bill-halting-tax-hike (votesmart.org)
  • 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738544/americans-for-tax-reform-the-taxpayer-protection-pledge-arizona#.VXhPP3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 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." http://live.azstarnet.com/Event/Chat_with_CD_8_Republican_candidate_Martha_McSally (live.azstarnet.com)
  • 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738544/americans-for-tax-reform-the-taxpayer-protection-pledge-arizona#.VXhPP3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1102999/house-committee-passes-us-rep-mcsally-bill-halting-tax-hike (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This is a pivotal funding year for our nation's defense. The previous administration atrophied the effectiveness of our country's military. Because of the Trump Administration's partnership with Congress, we are reversing this dangerous trend and are providing our troops with the tools they need to be ready to fight at a moment's notice. This legislation injects desperately needed resources for training and equipment while investing in the modernization and development of the U.S. armed forces,"  https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1259172/mcsally-clinches-key-victories-for-arizona-in-defense-funding-bill/?search=defense#.W7vP9GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
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.
No Inferred 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676928/#.VXhSrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." https://mcsally.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/us-rep-mcsally-statement-budget (mcsally.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1035795/us-rep-mcsally-statement-on-passage-of-transportation-bill-conference-report (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." https://mcsally.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/us-rep-mcsally-statement-budget (mcsally.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676928/#.VXhSrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1035795/us-rep-mcsally-statement-on-passage-of-transportation-bill-conference-report (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

  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/137299/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WzUwla3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Our plan cuts taxes, rewards hard work, respects Arizonan's time, and remembers whose money this really is. Under this plan a typical family of four in Arizona will keep an additional $1,182 each year, and a family of four making $55,000 won't face any federal taxes at all. Parents raising kids will keep more of their pay, making childcare more affordable and allowing them to save for college and plan for retirement. Employers will be able to compete and win by spending less time and money on paying and filing taxes--and more time and money on growth, bigger wages, and new hires." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1209822/us-rep-mcsally-statement-on-the-house-passage-of-the-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WzUwRa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/137299/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WzUwla3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Our plan cuts taxes, rewards hard work, respects Arizonan's time, and remembers whose money this really is. Under this plan a typical family of four in Arizona will keep an additional $1,182 each year, and a family of four making $55,000 won't face any federal taxes at all. Parents raising kids will keep more of their pay, making childcare more affordable and allowing them to save for college and plan for retirement. Employers will be able to compete and win by spending less time and money on paying and filing taxes--and more time and money on growth, bigger wages, and new hires." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1209822/us-rep-mcsally-statement-on-the-house-passage-of-the-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WzUwRa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/927439/issue-position-education/?search=education#.VW9Fj3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/927439/issue-position-education/?search=education#.VW9Fj3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676938/issue-position-parent-driven-education#.VXhUq3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676938/issue-position-parent-driven-education#.VXhUq3UVhHw (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

  • "The United States must become the leader in efficient energy production strategies and tactics, led by the private sector." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676941/issue-position-energy-for-americas-future/?search=Energy#.VW9HYnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The United States must become the leader in efficient energy production strategies and tactics, led by the private sector." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676941/issue-position-energy-for-americas-future/?search=Energy#.VW9HYnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & 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." https://mcsally.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/us-rep-mcsally-calls-changes-epa-rule-would-harm-rural-az-residents (mcsally.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676941/issue-position-energy-for-americas-future/?search=Energy#.VW9HYnUViko (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)
  • "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." https://mcsally.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/us-rep-mcsally-calls-changes-epa-rule-would-harm-rural-az-residents (mcsally.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676941/issue-position-energy-for-americas-future/?search=Energy#.VW9HYnUViko (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

  • 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." http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2014/09/martha-mcsally-for-new-gun-control-laws (www.wildcat.arizona.edu)
  • "I support the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676936/issue-position-second-admendment#.VXha1HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/137299/martha-mcsally#.VW9YR3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • 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." http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2014/09/martha-mcsally-for-new-gun-control-laws (www.wildcat.arizona.edu)
  • "I support the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676936/issue-position-second-admendment#.VXha1HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/137299/martha-mcsally#.VW9YR3UViko (votesmart.org)
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[...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/917316/issue-position-enacting-patient-centered-health-care-reform#.VXhe9HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://myemail.constantcontact.com/For-Immediate-Release---Martha-McSally-Comments-on-Passage-of-Obamacare-Repeal.html?soid=1109249143617&aid=NIVzNmeBWng (myemail.constantcontact.com)
  • "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[...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/917316/issue-position-enacting-patient-centered-health-care-reform#.VXhe9HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://myemail.constantcontact.com/For-Immediate-Release---Martha-McSally-Comments-on-Passage-of-Obamacare-Repeal.html?soid=1109249143617&aid=NIVzNmeBWng (myemail.constantcontact.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will continue to fight to secure our border." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1102609/issue-position-securing-our-borders#.WzUuwK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will continue to fight to secure our border." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1102609/issue-position-securing-our-borders#.WzUuwK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Like many pieces of legislation though, this bill is not perfect. There are many improvements, such as the guaranteed funding mechanism for border security, including the wall, and other technical corrections that we worked on over the last 6 months that I sure would have liked to have seen in this version of the bill on the floor." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1253729/securing-americas-future-act-of-2018/?search=wall#.W7vQ7WdyIfI (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

  • "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," http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/012015_house_immig/arizona-splits-along-party-lines-immigration-vote/ (www.tucsonsentinel.com)
  • "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," http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/012015_house_immig/arizona-splits-along-party-lines-immigration-vote/ (www.tucsonsentinel.com)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676932/ (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676932/ (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Now more than ever, we are faced with a growing and complex array of global threats, and, unfortunately, the Obama Administration has failed miserably to address these dangers. These threats include: a metastasized Al Qaeda and its extremist affiliates, determined to destroy us and our way of life; Russia's take-over of Crimea and continued threats to its neighbors; China's massive military build-up and muscle flexing in the South and East China Seas; Iran-the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world-continuing to march towards a nuclear capability; a nuclear-capable and unpredictable North Korea; instability across the Middle East threatening our vital national interests and our close democratic Ally Israel; increased threats of cyber terrorism, and so much more. The Obama Administration's confusing policy of disengagement and leading from behind is weakening our ability to protect America, our interests, and our citizens. Our enemies are no longer afraid of us, and our Allies can no longer count on us." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/927429/issue-position-maintaining-a-strong-national-defense/?search=nuclear#.W7vRtGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676927/#.VW9a43UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676927/#.VW9a43UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1112069/cnn-newsroom-transcript-call-for-more-airstrikes-against-isis (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1112069/cnn-newsroom-transcript-call-for-more-airstrikes-against-isis (votesmart.org)

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