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Darrell Issa's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 49, Republican
Darrell Issa has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 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 2016.

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 HR 3504 - "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53878 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/16553/darrell-issa (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

  • "In the 110th Congress, I became a cosponsor of H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act. The Fair Tax Act would repeal the income tax, employment tax, and estate and gift tax, abolish the Internal Revenue Service, and enact a national sales tax." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/571403/issue-position-taxes/?search=income%20tax#.Vmm0RWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The reality is there couldn't be a worse time for the American people to have to absorb another tax increase, so I voted in favor of the only proposal put forward by the Congressional Majority for consideration and sided with the best interests of the American people to protect them from a devastating tax hike." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/574510/issa-statement-on-tonights-tax-cut-vote/?search=income%20tax#.VmmzdWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "[…] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=income%20tax#.VmmzDGwViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In an effort to battle the nation's growing heroin and opioid epidemic, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) voted this week in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a suite of 18 bills focused on addiction, treatment and prevention. The bills were approved with broad bipartisan support and provide for substance abuse treatment and education while helping bolster law enforcement efforts to help fight back the growing crisis." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1083601/congressman-issa-takes-action-on-opioid-epidemic (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In 2008, I voted against the so-called stimulus bill […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826944/issue-position-jobs/?search=stimulus#.Vmm4MGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The $825 billion economic stimulus package proposed by President Barack Obama, House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid is unlikely to be a catalyst for economic growth. Rather, it is an unhealthy expansion of the federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/571381/issue-position-economy/?search=stimulus#.Vmm5sWwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "An effective stimulus can be accomplished through tax cuts and targeted spending, without making individuals and businesses more reliant on the government or saddling our children with trillions of dollars of additional debt." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/571381/issue-position-economy/?search=tax%20cut#.Vmm6cWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The reality is there couldn't be a worse time for the American people to have to absorb another tax increase, so I voted in favor of the only proposal put forward by the Congressional Majority for consideration and sided with the best interests of the American people to protect them from a devastating tax hike." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/574510/issa-statement-on-tonights-tax-cut-vote/?search=tax%20cut#.Vmm7wGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A-Plus will give states the freedom to adopt best practices for their students by returning flexibility and control to the educators and parents who are the real experts on education. […] H.R. 1539 reinstates educator and parental control, while retaining the benefits of federal support and guidance." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/346626/issue-position-improving-no-child-left-behind/?search=no%20child#.Vmn5HmwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…]after years of delay, the Obama Administration denied a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have increased domestic energy supply, decreased our reliance on unstable foreign governments, and created thousands of American jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826947/issue-position-energy-and-environment/?search=keystone#.Vmm9vWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the House of Representatives listened to the American people, made the economy a priority, and created thousands of new jobs by passing legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/937885/issa-applauds-passage-of-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.Vmm9Z2wViko (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • "Now is the time to encourage the development of zero-emission clean energy generation, such as nuclear, hydro-electricity, wind, solar, all of which can meet our energy needs now and replace older and dirtier fossil fuel generation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/346608/issue-position-global-climate-change/?search=greenhouse#.Vmn0hGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "San Diego County has become a center for solar power; one of my key issues is doing something about climate change, and this will create jobs with a strong focus on renewable energy. So the nice thing about doing something about climate change, it helps in two ways: We avoid the worst consequences of climate change, and it also brings jobs to our district."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/935066/encinitas-advocate-newcomer-peiser-takes-on-issa-in-49th-congressional-district-race/?search=renewable#.VmnAL2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "An effective energy strategy will involve increasing our domestic supply of energy and private investment and research into new types of cleaner and more efficient fuels which will lower costs for Americans and protect our environment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826947/issue-position-energy-and-environment/?search=keystone#.Vmm9vWwViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • "The California fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas regulations are not efficient, and they impose unnecessary and costly burdens on automobile manufacturers and dealers as well as consumers in California states." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/441332/deny-emissions-waivers/?search=greenhouse#.Vmnz-2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "By establishing a tax on the use of energy, this bill will send American jobs to China and raise the price of gasoline and electricity for American families […] President Obama has explained correctly that cap-and-trade will cause electricity rates to ‘skyrocket’ and that increased costs to businesses will be passed on to consumers." https://oversight.house.gov/release/rep-issa-opposes-cap-and-trade-energy-tax/ (oversight.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 100% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1034/rating/7165 (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] D.C. residents will finally be able to defend themselves against armed criminals. The District's anti-gun law created a bastion for crime. Our action here today puts D.C. residents first and criminals second." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/379934/issa-votes-to-protect-rights-of-gun-owners#.VmnIS2wVikp (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "ObamaCare strips the American people of decision-making authority that should be exclusively theirs and puts it in the hands of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats. […] I voted against the bill and remain committed to seeing its repeal and eventual replacement […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826946/issue-position-health-care/?search=obamacare#.VmnOEGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "ObamaCare must be repealed so that American families, individuals and businesses have the freedom to choose quality, affordable healthcare that meets their individual needs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809220/blog-congress-must-repeal-obamacare/?search=obamacare#.VmnM0GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738364/obamacare-repeal-pledge/?search=obamacare#.VmnO22wViko (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "Reform should not be about accommodating 11 million people who are living in our country illegally, but about enacting policies that serve the best interests of our nation and our people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/935066/encinitas-advocate-newcomer-peiser-takes-on-issa-in-49th-congressional-district-race#.VmnoUmwVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "The illegal aliens in the 'blue card' system are illegal upon entry and have the opportunity to remain permanently in the United States. This is exactly what amnesty means to me, and for this reason the 'blue card' system is unacceptable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630037/issue-position-blue-card-system#.VmnrCWwViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The defeat of ISIL must be a top priority -- this resolution authorizes the use of force for a definite period and requires President Obama to develop and share his strategy with Congress and the American people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922429/new-resolution-demands-president-propose-a-plan-to-combat-isil/?search=isis#.Vmnu0GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "If President Obama is finally ready to drop the wobbly rhetoric and lead a coalition, I am prepared to offer him the support he needs to put down the extremists who threaten us and have committed horrendous crimes against humanity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922231/voices-lawmakers-supportive-but-cautious-oc-register/?search=isis#.VmntnGwViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Rated 4% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/16553/darrell-issa/53 (votesmart.org)

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Candidate Answer

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Inferred Answer

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