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Jeff Denham's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 10, Republican
Jeff Denham 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

  • 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 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28769/jeff-denham#.Vahc1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The candidates were also split regarding abortion. Hernandez couched it in terms of treating women equally, while Denham said he believes in the sanctity of life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701556/the-modesto-bee-stanislaus-county-candidates-spar-in-latino-roundtable#.Vahc-nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 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 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28769/jeff-denham#.Vahc1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The candidates were also split regarding abortion. Hernandez couched it in terms of treating women equally, while Denham said he believes in the sanctity of life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701556/the-modesto-bee-stanislaus-county-candidates-spar-in-latino-roundtable#.Vahc-nUVhHw (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

  • "I remain fully committed to finding solutions to lessen that burden and help establish a fairer, simpler, and flatter tax code. This starts with repealing unnecessary taxes that impede our job creators' abilities to hire more workers and penalize small businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/980029/denham-advocates-for-fairer-flatter-tax-code#.VakPQ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I remain fully committed to finding solutions to lessen that burden and help establish a fairer, simpler, and flatter tax code. This starts with repealing unnecessary taxes that impede our job creators' abilities to hire more workers and penalize small businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/980029/denham-advocates-for-fairer-flatter-tax-code#.VakPQ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 9 "Income Tax Deduction for Small Businesses" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/39635#.VakRu3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 9 "Income Tax Deduction for Small Businesses" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/39635#.VakRu3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "However, in this time of federal overreach and crippling national debt, every department and agency must closely and prudently scrutinize its expenditures and this includes the Department of Defense. I will continue to support legislation that takes care of our troops, makes our nation safer and trims inefficiencies in government bureaucracy." https://denham.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14888 (denham.house.gov)
  • "However, in this time of federal overreach and crippling national debt, every department and agency must closely and prudently scrutinize its expenditures and this includes the Department of Defense. I will continue to support legislation that takes care of our troops, makes our nation safer and trims inefficiencies in government bureaucracy." https://denham.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14888 (denham.house.gov)
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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Future generations should not be forced to pay for today's careless spending habits. We should look for more common-sense, bipartisan solutions to cut spending and save billions in taxpayer dollars, such as selling unneeded or wasteful federal properties." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/777389/denham-statement-on-presidents-2014-budget#.VahdoXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Future generations should not be forced to pay for today's careless spending habits. We should look for more common-sense, bipartisan solutions to cut spending and save billions in taxpayer dollars, such as selling unneeded or wasteful federal properties." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/777389/denham-statement-on-presidents-2014-budget#.VahdoXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Without additional resources, the continued erosion of our infrastructure will soon cripple economic activity in the region and restrict the availability of goods to the Central Valley." https://denham.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14898 (denham.house.gov)
  • "Without additional resources, the continued erosion of our infrastructure will soon cripple economic activity in the region and restrict the availability of goods to the Central Valley." https://denham.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14898 (denham.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I remain fully committed to finding solutions to lessen that burden and help establish a fairer, simpler, and flatter tax code. This starts with repealing unnecessary taxes that impede our job creators' abilities to hire more workers and penalize small businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/980029/denham-advocates-for-fairer-flatter-tax-code#.VahdVHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I disagree strongly with any action that raises taxes on working Americans. In this time of great economic uncertainty and peril, we must keep taxes low so that hard working Americans can put their dollars to work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629548/issue-position-tax-reform#.VahdzXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of the H.R.1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/28769/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.W6ulxHWPAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I remain fully committed to finding solutions to lessen that burden and help establish a fairer, simpler, and flatter tax code. This starts with repealing unnecessary taxes that impede our job creators' abilities to hire more workers and penalize small businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/980029/denham-advocates-for-fairer-flatter-tax-code#.VahdVHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Ultimately, I believe that State governments have the primary responsibility for educating the future generations of America. The federal government, through misguided regulatory power grabs, a takeover of the student loan industry, and the forced subsidization of local schools, has succeeded only in driving the performance of our public school system in to the ground." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629539/issue-position-education#.VakVYXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Ultimately, I believe that State governments have the primary responsibility for educating the future generations of America. The federal government, through misguided regulatory power grabs, a takeover of the student loan industry, and the forced subsidization of local schools, has succeeded only in driving the performance of our public school system in to the ground." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629539/issue-position-education#.VakVYXUVhHw (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

  • "Fossil fuels will continue to serve the majority of America's energy needs for the foreseeable future and to limit the available sources of energy is reckless and irresponsible. We must seek innovative solutions to our energy needs which includes investments in to renewable sources as wind, solar, biomass, and ethanol." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629542/issue-position-energy#.VakpWHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have voted for legislation to remove bureaucratic red tape and promote the development of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, hydropower, nuclear, geothermal and biomass, along with clean coal and American-made oil and natural gas." https://denham.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14891 (denham.house.gov)
  • "Fossil fuels will continue to serve the majority of America's energy needs for the foreseeable future and to limit the available sources of energy is reckless and irresponsible. We must seek innovative solutions to our energy needs which includes investments in to renewable sources as wind, solar, biomass, and ethanol." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629542/issue-position-energy#.VakpWHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Expand opportunities for renewable energy production; and with new technology, allow the construction of clean coal, nuclear and biofuel plants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/753700/turlock-journal-lowering-gas-prices-and-putting-our-nation-on-a-path-to-energy-independence#.Vako23UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have voted for legislation to remove bureaucratic red tape and promote the development of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, hydropower, nuclear, geothermal and biomass, along with clean coal and American-made oil and natural gas." https://denham.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14891 (denham.house.gov)
  • "Expand opportunities for renewable energy production; and with new technology, allow the construction of clean coal, nuclear and biofuel plants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/753700/turlock-journal-lowering-gas-prices-and-putting-our-nation-on-a-path-to-energy-independence#.Vako23UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.Vakq5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.Vakq5nUVhHw (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/28769/jeff-denham/37#.VaktSXUVhHw (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)
  • "Last week I joined colleagues in sending a letter to the director of the ATF protesting the Administration's proposed 'Framework' banning M885 sporting ammunition, typically used in hunting rifles. I'm pleased to report that the ATF has withdrawn their proposal and I will continue to stand for your Second Amendment rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960467/newletter-gross-mismanagement#.VaktBHUVhHw (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 http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28769/jeff-denham/37#.VaktSXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Last week I joined colleagues in sending a letter to the director of the ATF protesting the Administration's proposed 'Framework' banning M885 sporting ammunition, typically used in hunting rifles. I'm pleased to report that the ATF has withdrawn their proposal and I will continue to stand for your Second Amendment rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960467/newletter-gross-mismanagement#.VaktBHUVhHw (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.1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/22765/59189/28769/american-health-care-act-of-2017#.W6umyHWPAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has proven to be far too costly and is not sustainable. The ACA is a knot of tangled legislation filled with loopholes, taxes, cumbersome regulations, and uniform policies that cannot be undone. I have supported and will continue to support its repeal and replacement with patient centered care that is best for all Americans." https://denham.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14894 (denham.house.gov)
  • "Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has proven to be far too costly and is not sustainable. The ACA is a knot of tangled legislation filled with loopholes, taxes, cumbersome regulations, and uniform policies that cannot be undone. I have supported and will continue to support its repeal and replacement with patient centered care that is best for all Americans." https://denham.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14894 (denham.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "INGRAHAM: You don't want to build the wall? DENHAM: Absolutely I do. INGRAHAM: You want to build the whole wall? DENHAM: Yes, of course." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1249679/fox-news-the-ingraham-angle-transcript-reps-denham-and-duffy-on-the-gop-split-on-immigration/?search=wall#.W2CLUWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "I support providing an earned path to citizenship for those who want it. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the bicameral Joint Committee on Taxation have previously estimated that comprehensive immigration reform could reduce deficits by close to $1 trillion over two decades. Such estimations are rooted in the notion that a legal work force will produce greater tax revenue through new income and payroll taxes." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/28769/jeff-denham/#.WvHzDa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Denham argued that border security should be top priority in effort to prevent human trafficking, drug smuggling and terrorism; he proposed that there is more that can be done in terms of supplying border patrol agents with the necessary resources to secure the border." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953746/the-turlock-city-news-denham-continues-advocacy-for-immigration-reform#.Vaky43UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Our broken immigration system desperately needs to be permanently and statutorily fixed. I have long and actively supported an immigration solution that will secure our border, strengthen our economy, reduce our debt, create safer communities and end the de facto amnesty we have today." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940217/denham-statement-on-the-presidents-executive-action#.VakzRXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I support providing an earned path to citizenship for those who want it. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the bicameral Joint Committee on Taxation have previously estimated that comprehensive immigration reform could reduce deficits by close to $1 trillion over two decades. Such estimations are rooted in the notion that a legal work force will produce greater tax revenue through new income and payroll taxes." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/28769/jeff-denham/#.WvHzDa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Denham argued that border security should be top priority in effort to prevent human trafficking, drug smuggling and terrorism; he proposed that there is more that can be done in terms of supplying border patrol agents with the necessary resources to secure the border." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953746/the-turlock-city-news-denham-continues-advocacy-for-immigration-reform#.Vaky43UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Our broken immigration system desperately needs to be permanently and statutorily fixed. I have long and actively supported an immigration solution that will secure our border, strengthen our economy, reduce our debt, create safer communities and end the de facto amnesty we have today." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940217/denham-statement-on-the-presidents-executive-action#.VakzRXUVhHw (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

  • 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

  • "On Tuesday, I joined all of my colleagues in the House to officially classify ISIS' attacks on Christians in the Middle East as genocide. For too long, this community as well as other religious and ethnic minorities in the region have suffered persecution, violent attacks, and been forced from their homes by a ruthless terrorist organization. This is an issue that affects many members of our own community and I was proud to stand united with members from across all corners of the country to condemn this senseless violence. I'm glad to see Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama Administration finally recognize these attacks as genocide -- their declaration yesterday is an important step in defeating ISIS and restoring peace to the region." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1071857/newsletter-the-will-of-the-people/?search=middle%20east#.W2CNYGdyIfI (votesmart.org)

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