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Devin Nunes' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 22, Republican
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Devin Nunes 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

  • 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#.Va6XP3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/16725/devin-nunes#.Va6WZ3UVhHw (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

  • "The current debate over tax policy focuses on whether we should raise taxes and, if so, whether to raise them on individuals making more than $200,000 a year or on millionaires. We need to talk about the bigger picture: what it takes to get people and businesses to invest their money and create jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/753713/washington-post-a-tax-reform-to-get-business-expanding#.Va6YunUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating, "I 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 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/673611/americans-for-tax-reform-the-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.Va6X1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "Also in 2009, Nunes co-authored the "Patients' Choice Act" with Paul Ryan (R-WI) in the House, and Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) in the Senate. […] The bill enhances transparency for state and local pensions, and would establish a clear federal prohibition on any future public pension bailouts by the federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/688275/issue-position-federal-spending-healthcare-state-pensions#.Va6cYXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The Cut, Cap and Balance Act is not a perfect bill but it is certainly one that under any other circumstance would have garnered the unanimous support of conservatives across America. It contains a spending cap that would inoculate us against spending excess, while forcing budget reforms to ensure the federal government lives within its means." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/624487/cut-cap-and-balance-statement#.Va6ZdnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tax Day has come and gone. But in the House Ways and Means Committee, we are continuing efforts to simplify and reduce taxes, recognizing tax reform as a vital way to jumpstart economic growth and job creation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/780984/blog-tax-reform-now#.Va6XnXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I 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 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/673611/americans-for-tax-reform-the-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.Va6X1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "While the regulations attempt to address real problems, they miss the target. Instead, the implementation of these new rules will be so burdensome and the projected impact so broad that many reputable schools, particularly those serving the most at-risk students, will be adversely impacted." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/605922/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-withdraw-proposed-gainful-employment-regulation#.Va6eBnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As your Congressman, I support the reauthorization of NCLB which encourages our children to succeed and our schools to improve against impeding odds." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/269306/washington-report-june-2007#.VngrN2wViko (votesmart.org)
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" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Va0_uXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Thus, as Iraq collapses before our eyes, it's more urgent than ever to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport an estimated 800,000 barrels of oil per day – more oil than currently flows through the Alaska pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/896374/washington-examiner-americas-response-to-iraq-should-begin-with-approving-keystone-xl/?search=xl#.Va6h1XUVhHw (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

  • "For too long, good paying energy jobs have been outsourced by federal policies that prioritize rationing over actual production. As a result, Americans have confronted unnecessarily high energy prices. To create jobs and to protect our long-term interests, we need to adopt an all of the above energy plan." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/594290/hr-909-the-all-of-the-above-energy-solution#.Va6jdnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "On July 28, 2010, Nunes introduced H.R. 5899, "A Roadmap for America's Energy Future." It accelerates the exploration and production of fossil fuel; supports the rapid development of market-based alternative energy supplies; and expands the number of nuclear reactors from the current 104 to 300 over the next 30 years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/688274/issue-position-energy#.Va6kCHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The latest salvo is the president's new 'climate action plan,' which mandates drastic reductions in carbon emissions from power plants over the next few decades. […] The climate plan also led to observations that despite the massive harm it will do to the economy, it will barely have any effect at all on global warming -- the problem it ostensibly aims to address." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1010916/blog-global-warming-overload#.Vngsj2wViko (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#.Va6lq3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.Va6k-XUVhHw (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/16725/devin-nunes/37#.Va6mA3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating, "It has come to our attention that the Social Security Administration is considering a policy to provide the names of Social Security beneficiaries who have a "representative payee" to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in an effort to limit 2nd Amendment rights. This would be a dangerous overreach, and we urge you to abandon any such plan." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1005179/letter-to-carolyn-colvin-acting-commissioner-of-the-social-security-administration-halt-of-obama-plan-to-use-social-security-to-restrict-gun-rights (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt 1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464#.Va6maXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.45 "Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284 (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats can still protect ObamaCare in Congress, but their willingness to do so is weakening with every new ObamaCare disaster. We must continue to chip away at this overreaching, ill-conceived law until it is repealed entirely and replaced with free-market reforms that work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/837868/blog-there-is-no-fixing-obamacare#.Va6ng3UVhHw (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.Amdt.1045 "Undocumented Immigrants' Ineligibility for Certain Financial Assistance" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/19116 (votesmart.org)
  • "With the immigration crisis roiling the southern border and President Obama seemingly paralyzed to act, I am supporting an effort in the House of Representatives to amend a 2008 law -- originally meant to combat sex trafficking -- that is exacerbating the problem. The change would accelerate the screening and repatriation of many unaccompanied children who cross the border illegally." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/896377/blog-addressing-the-immigration-crisis (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625#.Va6tBnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/16725/devin-nunes/76#.Va6vJ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt 1416 "Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41178 (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

  • "[…] no matter how long it takes, we have to ensure that ISIS is utterly eradicated." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952849/newsmax-rep-peter-king-to-newsmax-pilots-torching-by-isis-is-savagery/?search=isil#.Vngxn2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "From its inexplicable insistence that the Taliban is not a terrorist organization, to its refusal to even name the enemy we are fighting – radical Islam – the Obama administration is showing a stunning degree of strategic incoherence. I'd suggest a new course: name the enemy, attack the enemy, imprison the enemy, defeat the enemy. It's a much different approach than the President's, but it just might work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958455/blog-a-radial-proposal-for-fighting-terrorists#.Va6w3XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • "Allow future Social Security recipients to own their Social Security accounts." http://nunes.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=346278 (nunes.house.gov)
  • Rated 7% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/16725/devin-nunes/53 (votesmart.org)
  • PolitiFact "'In the personal-accounts system, the accounts are owned by the individual, and managed and overseen by Social Security — not a stockbroker or private investment firm,' Ryan stated. […] Ryan's bill has 13 co-sponsors (all Republicans); and the White House correctly notes that among them are Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., the Republican Study Committee Chairman, and Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Ca., Assistant Republican Whip." http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/aug/18/barack-obama/barack-obama-claims-republican-leaders-plan-privat/ (www.politifact.com)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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