Representative Steve Scalise's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (LA) - District 1, Republican Majority Whip
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Steve Scalise 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9026/steve-scalise#.VYrEQnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Scalise has fought to promote traditional marriage and the right to life and continues to fight against attempts to weaken these values." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/family-values (scalise.house.gov)
  • "We should all work together to promote a culture that respects life at every stage, including in the womb, and I will continue fighting for the American values that make our country the greatest in the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034018/defending-the-unborn#.V636Z3VTQfJ (votesmart.org)

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  • "Congressman Scalise firmly believes that we can create good, high-paying jobs and encourage personal savings by lowering the tax burden on our families. Congress must restore fiscal discipline and promote a tax policy that is fair to our families and small businesses. Congressman Scalise will continue to support and fight for legislation that lowers taxes, cuts wasteful government spending and strengthens our economy." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/economy (scalise.house.gov)
  • "He has also co-sponsored legislation to repeal the death tax and to make the Bush tax cuts permanent (H.R. 143 and H.R. 2734, respectively)." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/economy (scalise.house.gov)

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  • "Congressman Scalise believes that society must have zero tolerance for criminal behavior and drug use." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/370516/issue-position-crime-and-drugs (votesmart.org)

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  • "Congressman Scalise firmly believes that we can create good, high-paying jobs and encourage personal savings by lowering the tax burden on our families. Congress must restore fiscal discipline and promote a tax policy that is fair to our families and small businesses. Congressman Scalise will continue to support and fight for legislation that lowers taxes, cuts wasteful government spending and strengthens our economy." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/economy (scalise.house.gov)
  • "Washington has a spending problem and this has led to a tax code that is hurting American families, small businesses, and our nation's economy." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/economy (scalise.house.gov)

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  • Rated 100% by American's for Prosperity http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9026/steve-scalise#.VYrfgnUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Scalise firmly believes that we can create good, high-paying jobs and encourage personal savings by lowering the tax burden on our families. Congress must restore fiscal discipline and promote a tax policy that is fair to our families and small businesses. Congressman Scalise will continue to support and fight for legislation that lowers taxes, cuts wasteful government spending and strengthens our economy." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/economy (scalise.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He understands that parents, teachers, and administrators are keys to student success. As a former board member of Teach for America of New Orleans, Congressman Scalise supports programs and incentives that recruit good teachers and helps them successfully educate our young children. He is in favor of education reforms that empower teachers and encourage students to succeed. Scalise is also working to ensure that schools have the tools and flexibility they need to effectively educate students." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/education (scalise.house.gov)
  • "The Student Success Act also protects the autonomy of state school boards and prohibits the federal government from forcing states into adopting Common Core academic standards." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/805633/house-passes-student-success-act/?search=common%20core#.V636z3VTQfI (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S.1"A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.V64KSXVTQfl (votesmart.org)
  • "For more than four years, President Obama has said no to the Keystone XL Pipeline, and by doing so he's also said no to American jobs and no to American energy security just so he can toe the line for radical environmental extremists in his party. It’s time for President Obama to stop playing politics and work with us to create jobs by approving the Keystone XL Pipeline today, which he can do with just one stroke of his pen. The bipartisan action we took today in the House is a vital step towards getting our economy back on track and creating 20,000 American jobs, and it’s long past time for President Obama to get off the sidelines and approve this project." http://scalise.house.gov/press-release/scalise-time-obama-approve-keystone-xl-pipeline (scalise.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In addition to producing more domestic oil and natural gas, Congress must encourage newer, cleaner, and reliable sources of energy like advanced nuclear and next generation coal, while promoting clean power from renewable sources of energy such as wind and hydroelectric power. It is equally imperative that Congress work to cut federal bureaucratic red tape that has limited necessary refinery capacity in the United States. Our nation must also encourage greater energy efficiency. Congressman Scalise continues to fight for this 'all of the above' energy strategy that will reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, improve our energy security, and create good jobs here at home." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/energy (scalise.house.gov)
  • "I will continue fighting for full repeal of the RFS so that we finally get the government out of the detrimental business of picking winners and losers in the energy marketplace." http://scalise.house.gov/press-release/scalise-continues-push-full-repeal-renewable-fuel-standard (scalise.house.gov)

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  • "House Republicans will not stand by while unelected bureaucrats at the EPA wage war on American jobs and reduce our quality of life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1094308/holding-the-epa-accountable/?search=epa#.V638f3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Obama Administration’s radical global warming agenda is devastating to American energy, and these unobtainable proposals will lead to more electricity plants being shuttered and higher costs for families. The findings of the study show that President Obama and his liberal lieutenants will pursue their radical agenda regardless of the devastating impact on our economy, including thousands more good jobs being shipped overseas, and they must be rejected!'" http://scalise.house.gov/press-release/devastating-report-details-impacts-obama%E2%80%99s-epa-regs-louisiana (scalise.house.gov)

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  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9026/steve-scalise/37#.VYrH-HUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "A strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Scalise has sponsored and cosponsored legislation protecting citizens' right to keep and bear arms. In the 112th Congress, Scalise introduced H.R. 58, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, which improves law-abiding citizens' ability to purchase firearms. The bills Scalise has recently cosponsored include H.R.645, a bill to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia and the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, H.R.822, which would ensure national reciprocity for concealed carry permit holders. Congressman Scalise's pro-gun stance has earned him an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/2nd-amendment (scalise.house.gov)

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  • "Congressman Scalise supports a full repeal of the unconstitutional job-killing Obamacare law. He is a co-sponsor of H.R. 2, repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, which passed the House on January 19, 2011. Obamacare is not reform, and Congressman Scalise is working with his colleagues to replace this law with real reforms to health care in America." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/health (scalise.house.gov)
  • "American families deserve better than President Obama's broken promises and hollow apologies. It's time for action. It's time for President Obama to admit his broken health care law has failed, and join with House Republicans to stop this train wreck before it's too late." http://scalise.house.gov/press-release/scalise-october-enrollment-numbers-%E2%80%9Chighlight-failures-and-all-wrong-government (scalise.house.gov)

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  • "Scalise is opposed to giving amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants currently living in our country. He does not want to reward those who have committed a crime." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/immigration (scalise.house.gov)
  • "Steve believes amnesty is not an option. He will fight to take amnesty off the table. Washington lawmakers need to realize that amnesty is a get-out-of-jail-free card that will only encourage more illegal aliens to cross our borders and drain our nation's resources. Congress granted amnesty to illegal aliens over 20 years ago, and since then 12 million more illegal aliens have entered the United States. Amnesty failed then and it will fail now." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560504/issue-position-immigration/?search=amnesty#.VYrLLXUViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by American Civil Liberties Union http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9026/steve-scalise/13#.VYrMpXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Scalise has fought to promote traditional marriage and the right to life and continues to fight against attempts to weaken these values." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/family-values (scalise.house.gov)

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  • "To defeat these terrorists and win the War on Terror, Congressman Scalise believes we must remain vigilant, determined, and united in support of the armed forces." http://scalise.house.gov/issues/defense (scalise.house.gov)
  • "[...] look, we're going to go destroy ISIL. That's what we're going to do. We're going to destroy Islamic terrorists in the world because they want to come and do us harm. Don't tell them how you're going to do it. Don't tell them what you're not going to do." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/923189/fox-your-world-with-neil-cavuto-transcript-obamas-immigration-plan-before-elections/?search=airstrikes#.V63-RnVTQfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "Scalise is committed to protecting and strengthening Social Security and ensuring that the program will fulfill its promises to America's seniors while improving the long-term stability of Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/990012/issue-position-social-security/?search=social%20security#.V63_THVTQfI (votesmart.org)

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