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Mario Diaz-Balart's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 25, Republican
On The Ballot: Won, Republican for U.S. House - District 25
Mario Diaz-Balart 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

  • 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. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/24312/mario-diaz-balart/2#.Wz5jDK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • 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. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/24312/mario-diaz-balart/2#.Wz5jDK3SQfI (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

  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Mario Diaz-Balart, pledge to the taxpayers of the 25th district of the state of Florida 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://www.atr.org/atr-releases-list-federal-pledge-signers-a7140 (www.atr.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Mario Diaz-Balart, pledge to the taxpayers of the 25th district of the state of Florida 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://www.atr.org/atr-releases-list-federal-pledge-signers-a7140 (www.atr.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219049/letter-to-donald-j-trump-president-of-the-united-states-keep-government-open-include-bipartisan-priorities/?search=defense%20spending#.Wz5nA63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219049/letter-to-donald-j-trump-president-of-the-united-states-keep-government-open-include-bipartisan-priorities/?search=defense%20spending#.Wz5nA63SQfI (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

  • "I am pleased to support legislation that will fund the government for the remainder of the 2014 fiscal year. It's no secret that Washington has a problem with out of control spending, but this bill is a sign of the continued commitment to changing the culture of spending in our nation's capitol." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/836846/fy14-appropriations-bill-continues-commitment-to-changing-washingtons-culture-of-spending#.VbkWSHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pleased to support legislation that will fund the government for the remainder of the 2014 fiscal year. It's no secret that Washington has a problem with out of control spending, but this bill is a sign of the continued commitment to changing the culture of spending in our nation's capitol." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/836846/fy14-appropriations-bill-continues-commitment-to-changing-washingtons-culture-of-spending#.VbkWSHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I voted for the FY16 House Republican budget. This budget helps to reign in Washington's out of control spending, while prioritizing funds to necessary programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960068/house-republicans-budget-is-the-real-solution-for-the-american-people#.VbkVnHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I voted for the FY16 House Republican budget. This budget helps to reign in Washington's out of control spending, while prioritizing funds to necessary programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960068/house-republicans-budget-is-the-real-solution-for-the-american-people#.VbkVnHUVhHw (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

  • "I will continue to support these measures and others that seek to eliminate unfair taxes that only prevent economic growth, savings and job creation. " https://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/issues/tax-relief (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)
  • "I will continue to support these measures and others that seek to eliminate unfair taxes that only prevent economic growth, savings and job creation. " https://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/issues/tax-relief (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Study after study has demonstrated that increased parental involvement in a child's education is the key to improving student performance. For these reasons, I support empowering parents with the ability to choose a school that best meets the needs of their child. Forcing children to attend failing schools robs them of their chance to succeed." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/issues/improving-education (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)
  • "Study after study has demonstrated that increased parental involvement in a child's education is the key to improving student performance. For these reasons, I support empowering parents with the ability to choose a school that best meets the needs of their child. Forcing children to attend failing schools robs them of their chance to succeed." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/issues/improving-education (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)
  • "We cannot continue to forsake our children and our future by allowing a poor education system to continue getting worse. I believe we must commit ourselves to an education system that empowers parents, teachers and local administrators. Our education system succeeds when the education dollars and decisions are made close to home." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369886/issue-position-improving-education#.VbkXYHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We cannot continue to forsake our children and our future by allowing a poor education system to continue getting worse. I believe we must commit ourselves to an education system that empowers parents, teachers and local administrators. Our education system succeeds when the education dollars and decisions are made close to home." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369886/issue-position-improving-education#.VbkXYHUVhHw (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 support legislation that reduces emissions and that would invest in renewable energy to help lessen our dangerous dependence on foreign sources of energy." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/diaz-balart-cap-and-trade-is-all-pain-with-little-gain (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)
  • "I support legislation that reduces emissions and that would invest in renewable energy to help lessen our dangerous dependence on foreign sources of energy." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/diaz-balart-cap-and-trade-is-all-pain-with-little-gain (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support legislation that reduces emissions and that would invest in renewable energy to help lessen our dangerous dependence on foreign sources of energy. Unfortunately, the cap and trade bill before Congress amounts to all pain, imposing a national energy tax on all Americans, with little, if any, gain for the environment or our country." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/diaz-balart-cap-and-trade-is-all-pain-with-little-gain (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.VbkZUXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I support legislation that reduces emissions and that would invest in renewable energy to help lessen our dangerous dependence on foreign sources of energy. Unfortunately, the cap and trade bill before Congress amounts to all pain, imposing a national energy tax on all Americans, with little, if any, gain for the environment or our country." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/diaz-balart-cap-and-trade-is-all-pain-with-little-gain (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.VbkZUXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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 93% by the National Rifle Association. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/24312/mario-diaz-balart/37#.Wz5o8q3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • 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 the National Rifle Association. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/24312/mario-diaz-balart/37#.Wz5o8q3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "ObamaCare will increase spending and taxes, and raise the cost of health care, while reducing the quality of care our citizens will receive." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/762037/diaz-balart-florida-taxpayers-cannot-afford-obamacare#.VbkbJXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.45 "Repeal of 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/44099#.Vbka6XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of 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#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "ObamaCare will increase spending and taxes, and raise the cost of health care, while reducing the quality of care our citizens will receive." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/762037/diaz-balart-florida-taxpayers-cannot-afford-obamacare#.VbkbJXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.45 "Repeal of 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/44099#.Vbka6XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of 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#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • "We continue to believe that we must find a bipartisan, legislative solution to strengthen our borders, offer a permanent and humane solution to those living in the shadows, adhere to the rule of law, modernize our antiquated visa system, and bolster the economy. None of this is accomplished by the President's executive order." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938438/diaz-balart-and-ros-lehtinen-statement-on-the-presidents-executive-order#.Vbk3bnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We continue to believe that we must find a bipartisan, legislative solution to strengthen our borders, offer a permanent and humane solution to those living in the shadows, adhere to the rule of law, modernize our antiquated visa system, and bolster the economy. None of this is accomplished by the President's executive order." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938438/diaz-balart-and-ros-lehtinen-statement-on-the-presidents-executive-order#.Vbk3bnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need comprehensive immigration reform. We need to strengthen our border security, and we need to address the immigration issues inside our borders. One without the other will resolve nothing." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/issues/immigration (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)
  • "We need comprehensive immigration reform. We need to strengthen our border security, and we need to address the immigration issues inside our borders. One without the other will resolve nothing." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/issues/immigration (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This bill would impose tough sanctions on a hateful group that has spread violence and spawned extremist movements throughout the Middle East. This designation is long overdue, and I look forward to working with the incoming administration and the appropriate committees to ensure that this bill becomes law. We have an incoming president who appreciates the threat of terrorism and has vowed to defeat it. Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization is an important step in defeating violent extremists." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1150023/sen-cruz-continues-leading-the-fight-against-radical-islamic-terrorism-in-the-115th-congress/?search=middle%20east#.Wz5oJq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill would impose tough sanctions on a hateful group that has spread violence and spawned extremist movements throughout the Middle East. This designation is long overdue, and I look forward to working with the incoming administration and the appropriate committees to ensure that this bill becomes law. We have an incoming president who appreciates the threat of terrorism and has vowed to defeat it. Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization is an important step in defeating violent extremists." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1150023/sen-cruz-continues-leading-the-fight-against-radical-islamic-terrorism-in-the-115th-congress/?search=middle%20east#.Wz5oJq3SQfI (votesmart.org)

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