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David Schweikert's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 6, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (AZ) - District 6


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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "As the child of a birth mother who gave him up for adoption, David Schweikert understands more than most the importance of the sanctity of life. 100 percent pro-life throughout his career, David Schweikert is committed to protecting and defending the rights of the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe through stopping wasteful government spending, bringing forward measures that help create well-paying jobs and shrinking our debt, we can build a healthier economy and secure the economic future of America's children. In 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law, becoming our country's most sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code in over three decades." (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Rated 95% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "Unlike his opponent, David Schweikert does not support raising your taxes and never will vote to increase taxes. David knows that one of the best ways to stimulate our economy is to keep taxes low and let Arizona families keep more of what they earn." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "There is a path to help us manage our debt and keep our promises like SS & Medicare. WATCH: The full segment of my floor speech focused on the importance of creating incentives for individuals to join & stay in our labor force." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 20% by Alliance for Retired Americans (2019). (votesmart.org)
  • "As one of the leading proponents of smaller government in Congress, David Schweikert has consistently voted to reduce the size and cost of government. Throughout his term, David has also sponsored real reforms like a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that would mandate that Congress balance the budget each year. He has fought tirelessly to cut wasteful spending and reduce the red tape of bureaucracy of the federal government. David understands that if we do not commit to shrinking government and reducing out of control spending, we risk jeopardizing our economic future." (davidschweikert.com)
  • "Treasury Receipts are UP since tax reform. My Democratic colleagues continue to argue against the benefits of tax reform, but my question is, how can you argue against math? We must continue this growth to pay for promises like SS & Medicare." (twitter.com)
  • "I am proud to cosponsor the #JUSTICEAct which will serve as a foundation in strengthening the relationship between police and our communities. This is vital to improving officer training while increasing transparency processes and safety in our communities." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "As your representative in Washington, I work tirelessly to ensure our service members are properly trained and equipped to effectively execute and accomplish any mission we call on them to carry out. This includes fighting to protect the A-10 Thunderbolt, which continues to provide crucial and lifesaving close-air support (CAS) for our war fighters on the ground, from being needlessly retired by the Air Force. For over twenty years, the A-10 has proved its unsurpassed capabilities for protecting our service members from the enemy fire. While CAS is the A-10 primary role, it is far from its only role. The A-10 also assists in combat search and rescue operations, escorting helicopters and assets in and out of combat zones." (votesmart.org)
  • "Keeping our country safe from those around the world who would harm us is a fundamental obligation of the federal government. David Schweikert is a committed supporter of a strong and robust national defense. David opposes any policies to weaken our national defense and believes we cannot waver from our commitment to our brave servicemen and women, as well as their families." (davidschweikert.com)
  • "Congress has no greater responsibility than providing for America’s national defense. Whether it is the growing asymmetrical threat from radical Islamic terrorism, an emboldened Russia, or a potentially nuclear Iran, America faces dynamic and evolving threats and must have the military capabilities to respond to these threats." (schweikert.house.gov)
  • "David understands that if we do not commit to shrinking government and reducing out of control spending, we risk jeopardizing our economic future." (davidschweikert.com)
  • "Happy #InfrastructureWeek! Arizona's economy is strong when our infrastructure is strong. We must invest in our public roads, airports, public rail and more, as they are a large component of the positive job growth we have seen in monthly jobs reports. #BuildForTomorrow" (twitter.com)
  • "David Schweikert knows that the politicians in Washington don’t create jobs. A strong economy creates jobs. In Congress, David has focused his efforts on getting government out of the way of job creation with their burdensome regulations and out of touch policies. David Schweikert understands that the best thing Washington can do to help strengthen the economy is to keep taxes low on business and keep the government out of the way of the job creating businesses that we need to keep our economy strong." (davidschweikert.com)
  • "Government overspending is creating a huge burden of debt that threatens the economic well-being of our children. Our national debt now exceeds a record-breaking $22 trillion, saddling every adult and child in America with liabilities of over $67,000 Arizona families understand the need for budgetary restraint as do households all across the nation. One of my top priorities is to protect citizens from unnecessary and wasteful government spending and force Washington to live within its means." (schweikert.house.gov)
  • "This tax reform is so much more than just tax cuts. This is designed to create economic growth. As a society, we have trillions and trillions of unfunded liabilities and promises we have made to our seniors and others, and we do not have the money. The only way we can get close to it is we must grow economically and that means American businesses have to stop leaving our country and moving their headquarters overseas. This demonstrates that by fixing the problems in our tax code. Businesses from around the world are coming back home. It's a great message." (votesmart.org)
  • "David Schweikert understands that the best thing Washington can do to help strengthen the economy is to keep taxes low on business and keep the government out of the way of the job creating businesses that we need to keep our economy strong." (davidschweikert.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act is signed into law! I was a proud cosponsor of this legislation which will deliver relief to Arizona small businesses by making #PPP loans more flexible." (twitter.com)
  • "I consider them--well, I can't say that word in front of a microphone. We all have these moments in our political lives where we walk up in front of this microphone and we are going to say: I am going to have to vote for something that has things in it that break my heart. But we must do the right thing. We must get back to that economic growth. We must get back to that prosperity that was enveloping this country. And, hopefully, we will look back, do a great postmortem, understand the things we did wrong, and fix them in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • "The #PPPloan allowed @DLPmktg to continue serving loyal clients, provided peace of mind to support the livelihood of the marketing team, and helped support other businesses impacted by #COVID19. Thank you, Lori Anna Harrison, for sharing your success story with the #PPP!" (twitter.com)
  • "As one of the leading proponents of smaller government in Congress, David Schweikert has consistently voted to reduce the size and cost of government." (davidschweikert.com)
  • "In order to accomplish this goal, we need an education policy that provides options and gives schools, parents, and local communities the flexibility to meet the needs of students." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe Washington must embrace a sound "all of the above" energy solution and take this approach to factories, power plants, and businesses across the country. Not only should we optimize the use of our traditional energy reserves, but we also should expand into renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro-electric and geothermal power. All of these are vital to the economic welfare and national security of the United States. However, the government must stop picking winners and loser in the industry. Each of these sources must stand on their own in the marketplace, without governmen-sponsored interference." (votesmart.org)
  • "The free market has led to an incredible growth in technologies that has led America to become a net-exporter of energy for the first time in our history, while also reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. As pro-growth, market-based solutions have led to exciting new techniques in soil health, water sustainability, and agricultural research that reduces land-use while increasing crop yields, allowing us to feed our ever-growing planet, I will continue to work with my colleagues to identify new sources of power that will lower our families’ monthly bills and allow our economy to grow." (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Rated 91% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • "The free market has led to an incredible growth in technologies that has led America to become a net-exporter of energy for the first time in our history, while also reducing our greenhouse gas emissions." (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Rated 3% by League for Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • "The EPA is continually burdening energy businesses with an onslaught of mandates based in theory and rhetoric--not science. This amendment is a continuation of the efforts we've put forth in the House to create transparency in the EPA and push for fair efforts to measure emissions from our energy producers," said Chairman Schweikert." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today I joined @GOPLeader and @RepBradWenstrup in introducing legislation to permanently extend the 45Q tax credit. This will incentivize direct air capture resulting in a cleaner environment and reduced emissions. Proud to be a part of this GOP effort to address climate change." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress, David is a consistent and unwavering supporter of the 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms." (davidschweikert.com)
  • "As Arizonans, we understand the fundamental right for a citizen to be able to protect themselves and their loved ones. It is for this reason that I was a prime sponsor for the Concealed Carry Law while serving as an Arizona state legislator. I continue advocating for these policies on the national level." (schweikert.house.gov)
  • "In 2016, Arizona had eight health insurers offering plans on the Obamacare exchanges. By the end of the year, four insurers had entirely exited the market, leaving many uninsured or unable to afford coverage altogether. The fact is Obamacare devastated Arizona’s insurance market instead of allowing for increased competition, innovation, and access." (schweikert.house.gov)
  • "Imposing mandates on individuals and businesses while taxing procedures, payment plans to doctors, and everyday medical devices is not a recipe for improved healthcare access, affordability or quality." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3762 - Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. (votesmart.org)
  • "If the Supreme Court will not repeal ObamaCare, then I stand ready to fight until every ounce is repealed and replaced." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "In reality, the fence remains unbuilt and the Department of Homeland Security only has operational control of 56 percent of our border. The continued flow of illegal border entries, drug smuggling, and the influx of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) is proof that our border is not secure." (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Rated 97% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "David Schweikert is committed to seeing that Arizona’s border with Mexico is secured." (davidschweikert.com)
  • "Washington’s continued failure to secure our border and stem the flow of illegal entries threatens both the security of our people and the sovereignty of our nation. This is why earlier this year; I introduced the Build the Fence Act. This legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize building the southern border fence and gain operational control of our border as is mandated by the 2006 Secure Fence Act." (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Rated 97% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "A strong supporter of tough laws to crack down on illegal immigration, David does not support amnesty and fought against former President Obama’s policies to incentivize illegal border crossing. In Congress, David has been consistent in his belief that the federal government has a moral obligation to our state to secure our border and get tough on illegal immigration." (davidschweikert.com)
  • "The people of Iran continue to suffer under the theological authoritarian regime that rules that country. Iran cannot be allowed weapons of mass destruction, with its continued commitment to the destruction of Israel, long commonplace chants of death to America, and the funding of proxy-militias that sow chaos and bloodshed throughout the region and beyond. It is imperative the United States continue to support strict sanctions on the Iranian regime as long as they continue to be bad actors in the international order, while supporting the Iranian peoples’ desire to live in a free and transparent democracy." (schweikert.house.gov)
  • "Congress has no greater responsibility providing for America's national defense. Whether, it's the growing asymmetrical threat from radical Islamic terrorist, an emboldened Russia, or a potential nuclear Iran, America faces dynamic and evolving threats and must have the military capabilities to respond to these threats." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "We are about to hand billions and billions and billions of dollars to a regime that is committed to destroying our way of life, but also to destroying their own neighbors. That is what is on the line right now. We are about to execute a vote here that is going to kill, maim, destabilize not only the region; the world. Those who are about to vote for this, I expect you to step up and be responsible for what you have done." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H J Res 37 - Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Increase pressure on Iran and Russia with respect to activities in Syria. Working with our allies and partners, we urge you to maintain and increase pressure on Iran and Russia to constrain their destabilizing activities. America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia's support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • "I also believe there is no greater power that Congress has than the ability to declare war. The power to declare war rests exclusively with Congress, not the Executive branch. I am a firm believer that we must obey our Constitutional duty when deciding to send our servicemen and women to war, and Congress must vote to do so. I have voted in favor of War Powers resolutions that cut off U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition currently engaged in Yemen, and have also voted in favor of similar amendments regarding military engagements with Iran." (schweikert.house.gov)
  • "In order to expand our economy and create jobs like those that comprise our local economies, we must increase American exports to growing and prospering nations." (votesmart.org)
  • "Expanding access to emerging markets is crucial for creating opportunities for U.S. manufacturers and service providers to sell more American-made goods and services around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "Headed to the @WhiteHouse to join @POTUS @realDonaldTrump for the signing of #USMCA! This trade deal will bring incredible growth to Arizona and I look forward to seeing this be implemented. Ballot box with check176,000 new jobs Ballot box with check$68 billion in economic growth Ballot box with check 43,000 new manufacturing jobs". (twitter.com)
  • "I am a strong supporter of free trade, and as a border state, Arizona understands the importance of strong trading relationships with its neighbors. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created a great step in the right direction for trade with our neighbors – but now it is time to pass the updated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that will grow our economy and further strengthen our relationship with neighbors Mexico and Canada." (schweikert.house.gov)

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