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David McKinley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I just finished speaking to West Virginians for Life, who are here in Washington for The March for Life. In just a moment we will be voting on a bill I cosponsored, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act. This bill is simple, and shame on anyone who votes against it." (twitter.com)
  • "It is completely unacceptable to use the tax dollars of hardworking Americans to fund abortions and today, the House took a very important step towards protecting and promoting the sanctity of life. As a father and grandfather, I know this bill will help protect many unborn children while respecting the personal convictions of taxpayers all across the country." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (votesmart.org)
  • "Tax reform and pro-growth policies are working well!" (twitter.com)
  • "Our tax code is broken. It's been more than 30 years since we last updated the tax system, and the time is now to fix it. With more than three quarters of American workers living paycheck to paycheck, we need to ensure middle class families keep more of what they earn." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our hospitals continue to be stretched thin & face financial challenges as a result of #COVID19. @RepSchneider & I introduced legislation to suspend Medicare payment cuts. Delaying these cuts is critical to making sure our hospitals stay open & patients continue receiving care." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Last night Democrats passed a bill that would make communities less safe & prevent police from effectively serving their communities. There's room for reform in our law enforcement policies, but it can only be done with bipartisan legislation like the JUSTICE Act" (twitter.com)
  • "Certainly, there are a number of areas where we can find common ground, such as dealing with chokeholds, expanding accountability and transparency, and improving training and law enforcement data. After listening to input from county sheriffs and local police chiefs across West Virginia it was abundantly clear that an unintended consequence of adopting the bill would subject law enforcement officers to frivolous lawsuits and decimate recruitment and retention. Simply put, it would put the safety of our communities in jeopardy." (votesmart.org)
  • "Disappointing to see the Senate Democrats block the #JUSTICEAct. There is room for common ground on police reform but they are demanding my way or the highway. Its upsetting they would rather play partisan politics than actually legislate." (twitter.com)
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "This budget agreement will also provide critical long-term funding for our national security and will enable our military to recruit more soldiers, give much-needed pay raises, upgrade aging equipment, and bolster our missile defense system," McKinley said." (votesmart.org)
  • "Passage of the #NDAA today ensures we will rebuild and strengthen our military, and give our troops the pay raise they deserve!" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by the Center for Security Policy (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Through additional investments proposed in this bill, the U.S. can take significant steps towards reducing its carbon emissions by developing a program that will support the construction of CO2 pipelines across the country and create countless jobs." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I joined @RepAnnaEshoo in introducing "Dig Once" broadband legislation. This bipartisan legislation makes it easier to deploy state-of-the-art broadband infrastructure, which will provide a major lift to rural communities nationwide." (twitter.com)
  • "The bipartisan plan that passed the House will help transform West Virginia, resulting in better roads, reliable internet across our state, and needed upgrades to water systems that were built a century ago. We’ve all heard stories of children in West Virginia sitting in parking lots to do their schoolwork because their homes are not connected to reliable broadband internet. Tonight, I voted for those kids, and to give the next generation of West Virginians hope for a brighter future," added McKinley." (mckinley.house.gov)
  • "We must also lower the corporate tax so that American companies return to the United States instead of keeping their operations overseas." (mckinley.house.gov)
  • "#FACT _ The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act lowers the corporate tax rate to 21%, beginning at the start of the new year! This means real tax relief to Main Street job creators. #2059more" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "We must make our code simpler and fairer, and this bill removes special interest loopholes, reduces rates, and makes it so that most families can file their taxes on a postcard. It will also increase America's competitiveness on the world stage, and open the door for private sector job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • "This emergency legislation is an unprecedented response to a public health and economic crisis unlike any we've seen before. Americans are worried and hurting as a result of the Coronavirus. This bill will give the health care professionals and researchers on the front lines the resources they need to fight the virus and ultimately develop a vaccine and cure. It will help individuals feeling financial hardship by providing economic assistance and expanding unemployment benefits for those who have lost their job. It will help small businesses stay alive and maintain payroll during this period of distress. It will ensure children receive the nutrition they need while schools are closed." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, in times of crisis the American people look to their elected officials to step up and work together to do what is best for the country. The CARES Act is an unprecedented response to a public health and economic emergency unlike any we've seen before." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our hospitals continue to be stretched thin & face financial challenges as a result of #COVID19. @RepSchneider & I introduced legislation to suspend Medicare payment cuts. Delaying these cuts is critical to making sure our hospitals stay open & patients continue receiving care." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • ".@RepCarolMiller and I sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education @BetsyDeVosED regarding the rigid timelines and standards in the Individuals with Disabilities Equality Act (IDEA) and the need for more flexibility during this pandemic." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 75% by National Education Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Let's be clear: parents exercising their First Amendment rights to have a say in their children's education are not "domestic terrorists." They simply want the best for their kids. Proud to sign on this letter to the Attorney General led by @RepLisaMcClain." (twitter.com)
  • "The legislation would make significant investments in energy innovation and infrastructure, including carbon capture, advanced nuclear, renewables, efficiency, and storage. After a decade of innovation, it establishes a technology-neutral clean energy standard that would reduce CO2 emissions 80% by 2050. The legislation has bipartisan broad support from utilities to environmental groups to labor. "America needs energy policy that can endure, rather than one that changes after each election and judicial decision," said Rep. McKinley. "Our bipartisan approach will not only reduce carbon emissions while ensuring affordable and resilient electricity, it will position the United States as a global leader in clean energy innovation. By working together and making investments we will be able to export technology to the rest of the world and provide a global solution to this problem."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Our CRA has been signed by @SpeakerRyan. Now, on to @POTUS! It's time to end the war on coal! #Coal #WV #Jobs #Reform #CutRedTape" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. McKinley understands our country needs to make new homes and commercial buildings more energy efficient. In addition, the Department of Energy (DOE) needs to work with the private sector to encourage research, development, and commercialization of innovative energy efficient technology. Advancing energy efficiency technology will not only save energy, but will save money for the consumer and create jobs." (mckinley.house.gov)
  • "The Paris Climate Agreement is a flawed deal that puts America's energy needs and economic growth on the back burner, while transferring money and power to unelected international bureaucrats" (votesmart.org)
  • "No funds shall be used to implement the EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) or New Source Performance Standard." (votesmart.org)
  • "Since coming to Congress in 2010, the Congressman has introduced and co-sponsored over 40 pieces of legislation to support coal miners and push back on cumbersome regulations. Key Legislation: Coal Ash Legislation Rep. McKinley's legislation to ensure safe storage and recycling of coal ash was signed into law in December 2016. This legislation protects the 316,000 jobs that rely on the coal ash recycling industry." (mckinley.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 "SENSE Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 38 "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017." (votesmart.org)
  • "House just passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Ensures that citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights do not end when they cross state lines. Provides certainty to law-abiding gun owners by setting one set of rules nationwide for concealed carry regulations." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • "We all agree that terrorists should not be able to purchase guns but we can't jeopardize people's Constitutional rights or threaten due process." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today we passed a resolution that gives Congress the necessary tools to repeal & replace Obamacare. The American people deserve a #BetterWay" (twitter.com)
  • "This agenda must include the repeal and replacement of Obamacare" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our hospitals continue to be stretched thin & face financial challenges as a result of #COVID19. @RepSchneider & I introduced legislation to suspend Medicare payment cuts. Delaying these cuts is critical to making sure our hospitals stay open & patients continue receiving care." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "It's disappointing that Senate Democrats are so focused on playing politics they won't vote for anything that includes funding for a wall or fencing. On Thursday, the House voted to keep the government open AND fund the wall." (twitter.com)
  • "Stand with Trump to Build the Wall" (davidforwv.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4760 "Securing America's Future Act of 2018." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law." (votesmart.org)
  • ""America is a nation of laws, and it's vital that public safety not be subverted in order to make a political statement," said McKinley. "These two bills are a step to restoring faith in our broken immigration system."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "It's time to restore faith in our broken immigration system. Passing #KatesLaw & #NoSanctuaryForCriminalsAct will #SaveAmericanLives" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Center for Security Policy (votesmart.org)
  • "A staunch opponent of the Iran Nuclear Deal, Congressman McKinley has voted numerous times to oppose the Obama Administration's ill-conceived attempts to appease one of the world's foremost state sponsors of terrorism." (votesmart.org)
  • "McKinley does not think highly of the Iran deal." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against 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 the Center for Security Policy (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S J Res 7 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (votesmart.org)
  • "Today marks a new beginning for trade in North America! #USMCA provides a level playing field for our workers. I'm proud to have voted in favor of the #USMCA and look forward to seeing it help our nation grow." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "For far too long, NAFTA has allowed other countries to take advantage of American workers, USMCA will level the playing field for our workers. I'm proud to have voted in favor of the USMCA and look forward to seeing it help our nation grow." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)

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