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Mimi Walters' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 45, Republican
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Mimi Walters 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

  • Rated 100% by California Pro-Life Council http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/29346/mimi-walters#.VbKsWHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill will protect women and children by establishing Federal legal protections from unborn babies of 20 weeks. Substantial evidence has shown that children at 20 weeks, or the fifth month of pregnancy, have the capacity to feel pain and, due to modern medicine, are increasingly likely to survive a premature birth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983199/pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act#.VbKsLXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R.7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46477 (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

  • "When families are working hard to build a legacy in order to pass down opportunities to their future generations – they shouldn't be punished by the federal government with burdensome additional taxation. For this reason, I was pleased to support the Death Tax Repeal Act today – I'm hopeful the Senate will act swiftly in the passage of this common-sense bill." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986772/rep-mimi-walters-votes-to-repeal-the-death-tax#.VbKtXHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Mimi Walters, 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 rates for individuals and/or businesses; 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/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.Vcopq3UVhHx (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.B. 1137 "Sentences for Non-Violent Drug Offenders" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/5117#.VbKvEXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "For the first time since 2001, Congress has worked together to pass a joint 10-year balanced budget resolution that forces Washington to live within its means. […] It rejects Washington's status quo of more spending and more debt by cutting more than $5 trillion in federal spending and eliminating government inefficiencies and waste." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986756/rep-mimi-walters-applauds-passage-of-balanced-budget-resolution#.VbKvjXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "America faces a $17 trillion debt, an unsustainable amount. We must face the challenge of reducing spending and debt for the benefit of our nation and future generations of Americans. Debt reduction should start with scaling back the size and scope of the federal government, which has grown too big and too powerful. I support plans to stop spending more than we take in and balance the budget within 10 years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/853603/issue-position-debt-spending#.VbKvV3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "Taxpayers should not be blamed for the government's reckless spending. Increasing taxes harms our economy and costs jobs. Throughout my career I have fought to reduce taxes and will continue to do so as a member of Congress. Lower taxes will create more economic growth, which in turn will create more prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/853608/issue-position-taxes#.VbKskHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Mimi Walters, 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 rates for individuals and/or businesses; 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/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.Vcopq3UVhHx (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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#.VbK3VHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "What does construction of the Keystone pipeline mean for our Nation? Over 40,000 jobs, energy security, and increased economic growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961852/keystone-xl-pipeline-approval-act/?search=xl#.VbK3hnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Last June, the EPA proposed a rule for existing power plants, known as the 'Clean Power Plan.' This rule would mandate new carbon reduction goals for each state – effectively changing the way electricity is generated, distributed, and consumed in the United States. The economic impact of this rule is very troubling – it could mean increased electricity costs and reduced reliability for consumers. In fact, under the Clean Power Plan, electricity rates would increase by an average of 15% in a majority of states." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/995235/rep-mimi-walters-works-to-curb-epa-overreach#.VbK4vnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "While we support energy efficiency, we are extremely concerned that thenationwide 92% standard proposed in this rule will significantly increase costs to natural gas consumers, force themto switch to less efficient alternatives, and ultimately undermine the efficiency goals that underlie the Energy Policy and Conservation Act." http://brooks.house.gov/uploads/2015-6-8%20Congressional%20Letter%20to%20Sec.%20Moniz.pdf (brooks.house.gov)
  • 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

  • "I am a defender of our Second Amendment rights. I believe firmly in the individual right to keep and bear arms. I will fight any attempt to water down or weaken our constitutional rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/853625/issue-position-second-amendment#.VbK7u3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/29346/mimi-walters/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Obama administration's takeover of our health care system was wrong and I will work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based reforms that protect patient choice, keep costs down and preserve the greatest health system in the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/853611/issue-position-obamacare-healthcare#.VbK8f3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provision in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VbK8S3UVhHw (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

  • Newsmax "We can’t and aren’t going to deport the 11 million, […] but we have to find a way to first secure the border and then do something over a period of time that will allow the 11 million to come out of the shadows, make restitution, and eventually have a pathway to legalization." http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/mimi-walters-house-republicans-freshman/2015/04/16/id/639079/ (www.newsmax.com)
  • "America's immigration and border security systems are broken. America needs a clear and enforceable policy that begins with secure borders, treats all in a humane and fair manner and doesn't reward those who break our laws. We also need a guest worker system, especially for our farms and agricultural industries." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/853624/issue-position-immigration#.VbK8vXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 17% by Equality California http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/29346/mimi-walters/76#.VbK-A3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Daily KOS "I pledge to fight the Supreme Court's decision to allow gay marriage in California by working to ensure the passage of the California Marriage Protection Act this November." http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/10/10/626338/-CA-SD-33-Please-help-Defeat-a-Prop-8-Supporter (www.dailykos.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support an aggressive frontal approach that seeks out and destroys the terrorists where they live and an American foreign policy that puts the interests of our nation and our allies first." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1110388/issue-position-national-security/?search=ISIS (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

  • "Social Security is more than a government program, it is a bond between the government and its citizens. We must keep our promise to America's seniors. I will work to preserve the benefits that those at or near retirement have planned their lives around, while also guaranteeing that future generations have the ability to control and plan for their eventual retirements." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/853617/issue-position-social-security#.VbLAHHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 20% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/29346/mimi-walters/53 (votesmart.org)

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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.

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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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