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Steve Knight's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 25, Republican
Steve Knight 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 California Pro-Life Council http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71098/steve-knight#.Va-15XUVhHw (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 California Pro-Life Council http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71098/steve-knight#.Va-15XUVhHw (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

  • "Too many Californians are still facing hard times, particularly in my district, at least partially due to misguided and heavy handed intervention by the state. Until we can create an economic climate where businesses can employ more Californians, I will not be satisfied." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918416/senator-steve-knight-finishes-strong#.Va-9N3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "By having a fairer, simpler tax code with lower rates, we can start to once again increase the size of our middle class -- enhancing economic growth and providing higher tax revenues over time." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065165/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by the California Taxpayers' Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71098/steve-knight#.VcIjxXUVhHwb (votesmart.org)
  • "Too many Californians are still facing hard times, particularly in my district, at least partially due to misguided and heavy handed intervention by the state. Until we can create an economic climate where businesses can employ more Californians, I will not be satisfied." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918416/senator-steve-knight-finishes-strong#.Va-9N3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "By having a fairer, simpler tax code with lower rates, we can start to once again increase the size of our middle class -- enhancing economic growth and providing higher tax revenues over time." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065165/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by the California Taxpayers' Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71098/steve-knight#.VcIjxXUVhHwb (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rep. Knight also sponsored many amendments that passed and will be part of the final bill. One of Knight's amendments authorizes $16.0 million for the Plant 42 Air Traffic Control Tower. Specific to Simi Valley, $10 million in funding for the U.S. Army Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems (LMAMS) was also approved which is a single soldier-portable/operable, light-weight, organic, beyond line-of-sight, precision guided, and loitering aerial missile system capable of locating and engaging obscured and/or fleeting enemy targets who otherwise cannot be engaged by typical direct fire weapon systems." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1181818/national-defense-authorization-act-passes-in-house-armed-services-committee/?search=defense%20spending#.W2HbimdyIfI (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.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The programs that this bill supports will have a direct benefit to the communities I represent. I'm very pleased that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have come to together to pass this common sense legislation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983282/knight-applauds-appropriations-bill-passage#.Va-7oXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "The R&D tax credit is a critical incentive for businesses to invest heavily in innovation and create new technologies that provide the basis of new consumer and defense products, scientific discovery, and further technological improvements across numerous fields and disciplines." http://blum.house.gov/sites/blum.house.gov/files/Freshman%20LTR%20to%20Speaker%20RE%20RD%20Tax%20Credit.pdf (blum.house.gov)
  • "The programs that this bill supports will have a direct benefit to the communities I represent. I'm very pleased that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have come to together to pass this common sense legislation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983282/knight-applauds-appropriations-bill-passage#.Va-7oXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "The R&D tax credit is a critical incentive for businesses to invest heavily in innovation and create new technologies that provide the basis of new consumer and defense products, scientific discovery, and further technological improvements across numerous fields and disciplines." http://blum.house.gov/sites/blum.house.gov/files/Freshman%20LTR%20to%20Speaker%20RE%20RD%20Tax%20Credit.pdf (blum.house.gov)
  • 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 corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Instead, we must pursue comprehensive tax reform by lowering tax rates and in turn eliminating deductions and credits. With the tax code now stretching over 70,000 pages long, the need to simplify our system so that it benefits a shrinking middle class has never been greater. Upward mobility should not be something that is unique to those who can afford the most expensive accountants.   By having a fairer, simpler tax code with lower rates, we can start to once again increase the size of our middle class – enhancing economic growth and providing higher tax revenues over time." http://steveknight.org/policy/ (steveknight.org)
  • "Instead, we must pursue comprehensive tax reform by lowering tax rates and in turn eliminating deductions and credits. With the tax code now stretching over 70,000 pages long, the need to simplify our system so that it benefits a shrinking middle class has never been greater. Upward mobility should not be something that is unique to those who can afford the most expensive accountants.   By having a fairer, simpler tax code with lower rates, we can start to once again increase the size of our middle class – enhancing economic growth and providing higher tax revenues over time." http://steveknight.org/policy/ (steveknight.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am committed to returning control to the local level. I believe that local school boards, administrators, educators and most importantly PARENTS know what is best for their children, not bureaucrats in Sacramento. I believe that given the flexibility to determine what is best for their students, local decision makers, those closest to the students, can and will meet the needs of everyone of our children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881397/issue-position-education#.Va-_D3UVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "Every community has unique needs, which make one-size-fits-all policies ineffective. Instead, we need to empower local schools and hold them accountable for their results." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065159/issue-position-education (votesmart.org)
  • "Every community has unique needs, which make one-size-fits-all policies ineffective. Instead, we need to empower local schools and hold them accountable for their results." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065159/issue-position-education (votesmart.org)
  • "I am committed to returning control to the local level. I believe that local school boards, administrators, educators and most importantly PARENTS know what is best for their children, not bureaucrats in Sacramento. I believe that given the flexibility to determine what is best for their students, local decision makers, those closest to the students, can and will meet the needs of everyone of our children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881397/issue-position-education#.Va-_D3UVhHx (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

  • "H.R. 5638, the Solar Fuels Innovation Act, was introduced by Rep Knight earlier this week. The measure would institute a research program at the DOE Office of Science to develop the advanced chemistry needed in order to convert sunlight into storable fuels. Knight says that the process of creating fuels from sunlight, also known as artificial photosynthesis, could revolutionize solar energy, allowing us to harness and store sunlight in the form of chemical fuels." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1106515/knight-bill-to-spur-energy-innovation-advances/?search=renewable%20energy (votesmart.org)
  • "H.R. 5638, the Solar Fuels Innovation Act, was introduced by Rep Knight earlier this week. The measure would institute a research program at the DOE Office of Science to develop the advanced chemistry needed in order to convert sunlight into storable fuels. Knight says that the process of creating fuels from sunlight, also known as artificial photosynthesis, could revolutionize solar energy, allowing us to harness and store sunlight in the form of chemical fuels." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1106515/knight-bill-to-spur-energy-innovation-advances/?search=renewable%20energy (votesmart.org)
  • "Energy has a huge impact on our daily lives, and I look forward to applying my knowledge of the subject to create policy that helps our communities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983255/knight-named-vice-chair-of-subcommittee-on-energy#.Va_AznUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Energy has a huge impact on our daily lives, and I look forward to applying my knowledge of the subject to create policy that helps our communities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983255/knight-named-vice-chair-of-subcommittee-on-energy#.Va_AznUVhHw (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 S.J.Res.24 " 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 "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54632 (votesmart.org)
  • "In Small Business Committee on June 4, we talked about the need for a long-term surface transportation reauthorization. I brought up the fact that California and the rest of the country need a more sensible alternative to the gas tax." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983372/newsletter-june-10th#.Va_B_3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Last week I attended my first Energy Subcommittee Hearing in my new role as Vice Chair. I discussed California's difficult experience with burdensome regulations in relation to the Environmental Protection Agency's so-called Clean Power Plan." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/992895/june-30th-newsletter#.Va_BhnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.24 " 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 "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54632 (votesmart.org)
  • "In Small Business Committee on June 4, we talked about the need for a long-term surface transportation reauthorization. I brought up the fact that California and the rest of the country need a more sensible alternative to the gas tax." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983372/newsletter-june-10th#.Va_B_3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Last week I attended my first Energy Subcommittee Hearing in my new role as Vice Chair. I discussed California's difficult experience with burdensome regulations in relation to the Environmental Protection Agency's so-called Clean Power Plan." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/992895/june-30th-newsletter#.Va_BhnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms. As a profound believer in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, I find that laws that limit the rights of law abiding citizens to bear arms to be both foolish and unconstitutional." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881395/issue-position-crime-and-guns#.Va_C6XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71098/steve-knight/37#.Va_DMnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms. As a profound believer in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, I find that laws that limit the rights of law abiding citizens to bear arms to be both foolish and unconstitutional." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881395/issue-position-crime-and-guns#.Va_C6XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Undermining the 2nd Amendment by crafting gun control laws aimed to reduce violence rarely results in safer communities. Instead, it is responsible gun owners who pay the price as criminals rarely comply with the laws enacted to keep firearms out of their hands. There is no law Congress can pass to stop gun violence, however we must examine better policing strategies and mental health services in order to provide a more direct path to solving the problem of gun violence." http://steveknight.org/policy/ (steveknight.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71098/steve-knight/37#.Va_DMnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Undermining the 2nd Amendment by crafting gun control laws aimed to reduce violence rarely results in safer communities. Instead, it is responsible gun owners who pay the price as criminals rarely comply with the laws enacted to keep firearms out of their hands. There is no law Congress can pass to stop gun violence, however we must examine better policing strategies and mental health services in order to provide a more direct path to solving the problem of gun violence." http://steveknight.org/policy/ (steveknight.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. 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#.Va7DD3UVhHw (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#.Va7DD3UVhHw (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.
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

  • "We need a plan that deals with illegal immigrants and includes a strategy for economic benefit. Our priority should be the security of our borders and protection of our citizens in both safety and jobs." http://steveknight.org/policy/ (steveknight.org)
  • "We need a plan that deals with illegal immigrants and includes a strategy for economic benefit. Our priority should be the security of our borders and protection of our citizens in both safety and jobs." http://steveknight.org/policy/ (steveknight.org)
  • "While we should recognize that we are a nation of immigrants and modernize these laws to better meet the needs of our economy, we cannot continue to allow unchecked, illegal immigration to continue. I will fight to secure America's borders first, and only after this is accomplished can we begin a broader overhaul of our immigration laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065161/issue-position-immigration (votesmart.org)
  • "While we should recognize that we are a nation of immigrants and modernize these laws to better meet the needs of our economy, we cannot continue to allow unchecked, illegal immigration to continue. I will fight to secure America's borders first, and only after this is accomplished can we begin a broader overhaul of our immigration laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065161/issue-position-immigration (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

  • "In order to restore our position as a global leader, we need to ensure we have a strong military, effective intelligence services and the courage to confront threats." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065171/issue-position-national-security/?search=ISIS (votesmart.org)
  • "In order to restore our position as a global leader, we need to ensure we have a strong military, effective intelligence services and the courage to confront threats." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065171/issue-position-national-security/?search=ISIS (votesmart.org)

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