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Steve Knight's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 25, Republican
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Steve Knight 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 (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" (
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

  • Rated 95% by the California Taxpayers' Association (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Esty and Knight's amendment calls on the inter-agency task force to issue updated recommendations on standards for physician education on strategies to manage patients' pain without putting them at risk of opioid addiction. It also calls on the task force to issue new guidelines for consumer education programs on the risks of opioid addiction." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "On April 16th, I voted to repeal the infamous Death Tax (H.R. 1105). This harmful tax hurts families and businesses, and repealing it will help move us toward a pro-growth tax code." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." (
  • "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." (
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" (
  • "Legislation aimed at incentivizing charitable donations by families, preventing veteran suicide, and allowing the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, have all passed out of the House. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle here to continue to pass legislation that will help put Americans back to work." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: 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." (
  • "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." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • 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" (
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." (
  • Rated 100% by the National Rifle Association (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The American people expect quality, affordable healthcare, and delivering it is impossible when the federal government stifles innovation and drives up costs by taxing medical devices." (
  • 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" (
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." (
  • "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." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 17% by Equality California (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria 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." (
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

  • "Many believe that even the slightest mention of Social Security reform is politically unthinkable, and feel the best course of action is to ignore this problem or let future generations sort it out. This line of thinking is irresponsible and will endanger our children’s future. Instead, what we ought to do is set politics aside and work on a bipartisan solution that will preserve Social Security for current and future generations." (
  • Rated 10% by Alliance for Retired Americans (


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.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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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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