Representative Tom McClintock's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 4, Republican
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Tom McClintock 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

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  • Signed a letter stating "As you know, the House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 1797, with bipartisan support on June 18, 2013. We implore you in the name of humanity to permit our colleagues in the Senate to have the opportunity to vote on this important measure as well." (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee (

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  • "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act: YES. Makes permanent a variety of small business tax deductions involving equipment and property purchases. In recent years, these provisions have to be renewed in 'Tax Extender' bills, creating enormous uncertainty from year to year." (
  • "We elected Ronald Reagan, who […] reduced the tax and regulatory burdens that were crushing the economy, and produced one of the most prosperous periods in our nation’s history." (
  • Signed a pledge stating "[…] I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business […]" (

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  • "Mr. Speaker, the debt limit exists for a simple reason: to assure that public debt isn't recklessly piled up without Congress periodically acknowledging it and addressing the spending patterns that are causing it." (
  • "I believe that we need to restore our highway taxes for our highways, and undertake the long-overdue modernization of our once vaunted highway system." (
  • "Our Nation's debt has literally doubled in 8 years, now exceeding the size of our entire economy. That debt requires us to make interest payments of $230 billion this year. That is nearly $2,000 from an average family's taxes just to rent the money that we have already spent." (

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  • "We elected Ronald Reagan, who […] reduced the tax and regulatory burdens that were crushing the economy, and produced one of the most prosperous periods in our nation’s history." (
  • "Real tax reform would permanently reduce the marginal tax rate for all businesses and cut government spending concurrently. This would encourage and reward growth, shift investment decisions from politicians to entrepreneurs, and not rob our economy of its future." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.622 "State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015" (

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  • "Returning control and decision making a power to our local communities and families regarding our children's education is crucial in making our education system work again. It is not the federal government's role to force every school district into a predetermined one-size fits all formula." (
  • "The Education and Labor Committee will be ground zero in the debate over federal encroachment into local schools and businesses and I look forward to joining that battle." (

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  • Signed a letter stating "It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." (
  • "In addition to the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity, the Keystone pipeline will bring up to 830,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil a day into the American market--about half of what we currently import from the Middle East." (
  • "Now along comes the Keystone pipeline. […] That major infrastructure project would have produced 42,000 construction-related jobs and, when finished, more than a half million barrels a day of Canadian crude oil entering the American economy." (
  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (

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  • "I'm pleased the Senate has recognized that we can develop new hydropower resources at approximately 47,000 miles of federal conduits while eliminating duplicative and unnecessary regulatory review." (
  • "If we are serious about an all-of-the-above energy policy, we have to stop using taxpayer money to pick winners and losers in the energy industry and require every energy technology and every energy company to compete on its own merits." (

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  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" (
  • "The second component of the historic tax hike is in the form of business taxes, including at least a $650 billion tax increase - and probably quite a bit more - under the guise of 'cap and trade' […] Business taxes can only be paid by three groups, and they're all us." (
  • "Whether we utterly destroy our economy passing measures like 'cap and trade' or not, I think the planet's going to continue to warm and cool as it has for billions of years." (
  • 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." (

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  • "A concealed weapon in the hands of honest and law-abiding citizens makes us all safer. Simply knowing that there are responsible citizens among us capable of responding with force is itself a powerful deterrent to crime." (
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association (
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (
  • "So I leave off as I began: the best defense against an armed terrorist is an armed American. That’s what the second amendment is all about." (

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  • Signed a pledge stating "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010. To that end, I would now and will in the next Congress endorse and vote for all measures, including discharge petitions, leading to its defunding, deauthorization, and repeal." (
  • "[…] the American people understand that ObamaCare was a huge mistake." (
  • "I ask them to join Republicans in repealing ObamaCare and to help us replace it with the patient-centered health care system that we have long proposed: reforms that preserve the best of American health care while repairing its flaws." (
  • 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" (

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  • "Mr. Speaker, this question transcends the issue of illegal immigration. The President's action has crossed a very bright line that separates the American Republic, which prides itself on being a nation of laws and not of men, from those unhappy regimes whose rulers boast that the law is in their mouths." (
  • "Illegal immigration undermines that process of legal immigration that makes our Nation of immigrants possible. If we allow illegal immigration, then legal immigration becomes pointless, the process of assimilation that our immigration laws assure breaks down, and the bonds of allegiance that hold a country like ours together begin to dissolve." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (

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  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "Marriage is an institution that exists in nature and ultimately is beyond the power of any government or court to redefine. It is the union of a man and a woman to summon new life into the world." (

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  • "Until we are prepared to put the full might and resources of our Nation behind a war against the Islamic State, we can at least act to contain IS advances, protect our people, and restore the martial strength and national will that will certainly be needed in the years ahead." (
  • "[...] committing insufficient force in any conflict is self-defeating, and air strikes alone cannot win a war." (

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  • Rated 3% by the Alliance for Retired Americans (


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Congressional Election 1992 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

1. Which of the following tax measures, if any, will you support if elected to the Congress in 1992?

XReducing the capital gains tax rate on profits from the sale of stocks, bonds and real estate.
XPermitting tax-free withdrawals from IRAs in limited circumstances.
XProviding some kind of middle-class tax break.
Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000.
XProviding a tax credit for first-time home buyers.
XRepealing luxury taxes on limited items.
XProviding a temporary investment tax credit.

Please evaluate the following general program areas and indicate the level of federal funding that you will support if you are elected to Congress.

Decrease SpendingHealth Care
Decrease SpendingUnemployment
Decrease SpendingAIDS Research
Decrease SpendingEnvironment
Keep Spending The SameDefense
Keep Spending The SameEducation
National Debt Payments
Keep Spending The SameDrugs

If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt?

XReduce governmental defense spending.
XReduce governmental domestic spending.
Raise personal income taxes for all citizens.
Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000.
Raise corporate taxes.
Do nothing at the present time.

Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose?

Strongly OpposeExtending unemployment compensation further.
OpposeFederal support of job retraining programs.
OpposeFederal grants to states for creating jobs in inner cities.
Strongly SupportMandating workfare for welfare recipients.
Strongly SupportMinimizing governmental intervention and letting the market take a more natural course.
SupportFederal investment in America's infrastructure.

Which of the following policies, if any, should be pursued by the federal government in the area of the United States/Japenese trade?

Restricting the overall volume of goods entering the United States from Japan.
Imposing tariffs on goods entering the United States from Japan.
Requiring Japan to eliminate its trade surplus with the United States over a period of five years.
Requiring reciprocal trade agreements between the United States and Japan based on equal dollar values.
XImposing no restrictions on trade between the United States and Japan.

Which of the following defense proposals do you support or oppose?

Strongly SupportReduction of the number of American military troops.
SupportContinued funding of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).

Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor?

Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada.
XOffering tax incentives to all small employers in return for guaranteed health insurance coverage of all employees and their families.
Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage.
Creation of a fund designed to provide health insurance to the unemployed and supported by additional tax levies on large employers.
XA system of tax credits and vouchers to provide health insurance for the working poor and people of moderate income.
No reform necessary at this time.

If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support?

Increased federal funding.
Increased state and local funding.
Improved teacher recruitment and training.
National curricula and standards.
Smaller classes.
Increased national testing.
XA "choice" or "vouchers" program.
No major changes are necessary at this time.

If elected to Congress, how will you confront the War on Drugs?"

Provide federal funds to educate people about the dangers of drugs.
Provide federal funds to help drug addicts overcome their addictions.
Work with foreign governments to stop the export of drugs to this country.
XImpose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug dealers.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug users.
Legalize the possession and use of drugs.

What is your opinion on the following environmental proposals?

SupportOpening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
Strongly SupportAmending the Clean Water Act's section on wetlands to provide landowners with greater rights.
OpposeReauthorization of The Endangered Species Act in its current form.

Please indicate which of the following positions you support or oppose.

Strongly SupportParental or spousal notification prior to permitting an abortion.
OpposeAbortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
OpposeFederally funded abortions should be permitted.
OpposeWomen should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason.
SupportAbortion should be legal only in limited circumstances, for example, when the life of the mother is endangered or in the case of rape or incest.

Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose?

Strongly SupportExpansion of the number of federal crimes punishable by death.
Strongly OpposeA mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
OpposeIncreased federal spending for state and local police programs.
Strongly OpposeA ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons.
Strongly SupportA limitation on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.

Whare are your two top priorities if elected to the Congress?

a. What will you do about each priority?

1. TAX AND SPENDING CUTS. The federal government is now consuming the largest percentage of family income since World War II, and has amassed a debt for which the interest alone consumes half of all income taxes. In Sacramento, I have led the fight for a dramatic reduction in state government expenditures, and intend to undertake the same effort in Washington. 2. REGULATORY RELEIF. In addition to the enormous drain on family and business incomes created by the federal government, oppressive regulations have sapped the productivity of the business secotr and destroyed our competitiveness as a nation. I want to see a freeze on all new regulations, and the elimination of existing restrictions which have proven to be uneconmical.

b. How will you finance (when necessary) each priority?

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