Representative Michael McCaul's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 10, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 10
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Michael McCaul 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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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • "In the wake of the recent decision by the Obama administration requiring insurance providers – including faith--based employers – to cover sterilization and abortion – inducing services, Congressman Michael McCaul (R–TX) signed on to the Religious Liberty Protection Act of 2012." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/668440/mccaul-co-sponsors-bill-to-free-religious-organizations-of-abortion-sterilization-requirements#.VZLEBHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "This is a responsible bill that prevents a tax increase, creates jobs and takes a step toward energy independence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/657502/statement-on-the-passage-of-hr-3630-the-middle-class-tax-relief-job-creation-act#.VZLGVHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "[...] 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#.VbFlqHV3k1M (votesmart.org)

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  • Cosponsored H.R.3382 "Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013" https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3382/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22smarter+sentencing+act%22%5D%7D (www.congress.gov)

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  • "There is no doubt that something needs to be done to rebuild our nation's economic engines. But history has proven that we cannot spend, borrow, and tax our way to prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/667917/issue-position-economy#.VbFnm3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Yesterday, I voted for the Republican Study Committee budget that would have balanced in four years, cut spending to FY'08 levels and reformed entitlements. Unfortunately this more aggressive plan to cut our debt did not pass the House." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/772202/mccaul-votes-to-balance-budget-repeal-obamacare#.VZLFQ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Last week I voted for and the House passed the Small Business Tax Cut Act. It would allow small businesses with fewer than 500 employees a deduction of 20% of domestic business income, equal to as much as half of their paid wages." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/687358/small-business-tax-cut#.VZLF-HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no doubt that something needs to be done to rebuild our nation's economic engines. But history has proven that we cannot spend, borrow, and tax our way to prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/667917/issue-position-economy#.VbFnm3V3k1M (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing you urge you to remove previously House-passed language included in Sen. AMDT. 4575 that solely discriminates against our State. Again, this amendment singles out only the state of Texas. […] According to the Congressional Research Service, the State's share of the $10 billion is estimated to be over $830 million. By adding the additional two-year requirement, the House language only punishes Texas students and teachers." http://burgess.house.gov/uploadedfiles/08-06-10_letter_to_speaker_pelosi_on_ed_funding.pdf (burgess.house.gov)
  • "Members of the Texas Republican Congressional delegation, led by Congressman Michael C. Burgess (R-Lewisville), today introduced legislation to repeal language in last month's education funding bill that discriminates against only the state of Texas, and could prevent Texas from receiving its fair share of the federal education funding." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/551996/texas-republicans-introduce-legislation-to-repeal-doggett-education-language#.VZLHsnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "President Obama and his friends in the Lame Duck Senate should finally get out of the way of jobs and energy and support Rep. Bill Cassidy's plan to build the Keystone Pipeline, create over 40,000 jobs and reduce our dependence on Middle East oil." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/937663/mccaul-statement-on-house-approval-of-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=xl#.VZLITXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The pipeline would create thousands of jobs in several states -- many of them in Texas. […] This President is playing politics with our national security and unemployed Americans' lives, and that is unacceptable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/664912/statement-on-the-obama-administration-denying-a-permit-for-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.Vl8ZPGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbFpInV3k1M (votesmart.org)

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  • "Supported tax credits for alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and hybrid technologies." https://mccaul.house.gov/issues/energ (mccaul.house.gov)
  • "Major supporter of research and development for clean energy technologies, plug in hybrid vehicles, solar power, bio-fuels and clean coal technologies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/374850/issue-position-energy-environment#.VZLIrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Cosponsored the Ensuring Affordable Energy Act, which prohibits the EPA from implementing or enforcing a cap and trade program or any new regulation of greenhouse gasses from stationary sources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1011129/issue-position-energy/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.Vl8cgWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "More importantly, we believe that the authority to limit carbon emissions, even if that were actually a necessity, rests in neither the Constitution nor the Clean Air Act but in the true free market of individual choices made by the American people." http://jeffduncan.house.gov/sites/jeffduncan.house.gov/files/Duncan%20Carbon%20Emission%20Letter%20to%20EPA.pdf (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "As you know, the EPA's actions have far-reaching implications, and this proposed rule affects not only coal and natural gas companies but also energy-intensive industries like manufacturing and construction as well as average American families trying to pay their electric bills." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/838523/letter-to-gina-mccarthy-administrator-of-the-environmental-protection-agency-standards-of-performance-for-greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-new-stationary-sources-electric-utility-generating-units#.VZLJH3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 90% by the Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • "I urge President Obama not to sign the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which threatens the fundamental Second Amendment rights of American gun owners." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/788302/mccaul-urges-obama-to-protect-americans-second-amendment-rights-from-un-treaty#.VZLJb3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • 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 Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VY7rIvlVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] I have voted to repeal ObamaCare dozens of times." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/988161/mccaul-statement-on-king-v-burwell/?search=obamacare#.Vl8i6mwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "ObamaCare is fatally flawed and must be repealed." http://www.michaelmccaul.com/issues/ (www.michaelmccaul.com)
  • "This morning the House passed a responsible, conservative budget which balances in 10 years without raising taxes, that reforms entitlements – the biggest drivers of our spending, and that repeals Obamacare before it becomes another entitlement that American families and businesses cannot afford." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/772202/mccaul-votes-to-balance-budget-repeal-obamacare#.VZLHMHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/374845/issue-position-border-security#.VZLKFnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, along with 235 of my colleagues, I voted to block funding to the President's unilateral and unconstitutional executive amnesty." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960482/mccaul-statement-on-house-vote-to-defund-obama-executive-amnesty#.VbFsunV3k1M (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/650393/letter-to-majority-leader-harry-reid-and-senate-minority-leader-mitch-mcconnell#.VbFtcXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (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#.VZKimHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "To defeat ISIS, we must cut off the head of the snake, which exists in Syria. I support the administration's move to conduct airstrikes against ISIS wherever it exists." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/925148/mccaul-statement-on-airstrikes-against-isis-in-syria#.VbFvOnV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • " A passionate advocate of taking the fight to the terrorists before they bring terror to the United States." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/374846/issue-position-war-on-terror#.VbFuYnV3k1M (votesmart.org)

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

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