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David Valadao's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (CA) - District 22


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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • "Taxpayer dollars shouldn't be used to fund abortions, & the Hyde Amendment has prevented just that through decades of bipartisan consensus. Inclusion of Hyde is critical to the millions of Americans that oppose abortion & believe all life is precious. #CA21" (
  • "This bill removes nearly all pro-life protections for the unborn and overrides existing laws against late-term abortions. It is the responsibility of those of us in government to give unborn children a voice and protect them from harm. #CA21" (
  • ""Today's government spends, borrows, and taxes its people too much." (
  • Rated 80% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "Since implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act earlier this year, American's have been able to keep more of their hard-earned money and employers have been able to expand their businesses and hire even more workers." He continued, "We have seen the impacts of our tax reform right here in the Central Valley and by making these tax cuts permanent, we can continue to create jobs and help middle-class families." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Rated 8% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Our nation's financial situation requires that we carefully examine the future of programs our seniors depend upon like Medicare and Social Security. Without improvements, both Social Security and Medicare will be unable to fully meet the promises made to the next generation of retirees and will burden future generations with reduction in services and crushing tax increases. Both programs risk complete collapse before our children and grandchildren ever receive a single benefit. This is simply unacceptable to David, who believes we must act in order to strengthen and preserve these vital programs." (
  • Voted against S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (
  • "I rise today in opposition to H.R. 1, the For the People Act. This piece of legislation undermines State authority over voter registration and election procedures while federally mandating practices we have seen fail in California during the 2018 and 2020 election cycles." (
  • "I strongly oppose H.R. 1, For the People Act. This bill undermines state authority over voter registration and election procedures while federally mandating practices we have seen fail in California during the 2018 and 2020 election cycles. #CA21" (
  • Voted against HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • "George Floyd and his family deserve justice for his unnecessary and tragic death. As many stand against inequality and remember George Floyd, it's important these protests remain focused on bringing needed change to our country without destroying communities. " (
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • "The FY2017 Budget includes $10.5 billion for the F-35 program, and yet the services have still identified a number of unfunded requirements to include 5 F-35As forthe US Air Force, 2F-35Cs for the Navy, and 2 F-35Bs and 2 F-35Cs for the US Marine Corps. I would urge that the committee fully fund this program and support the unfunded requirements. These F-35 aircraft will be critical to ensuring that when operating in a contested airspace our men and women can return home." (
  • "Our military is suffering from years of slashed funding. We need to have the strongest, smartest, and best equipped military possible. Support increased military spending to better protect America." (
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "There is no greater responsibility in Congress than to provide resources for our national defense. This Subcommittee is always thoughtful about the decisions it makes. Even in these times of fiscal austerity, we must ensure that our men and women in uniform receive the training and equipment they need to defend the freedoms we as Americans enjoy every day." (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "Our nation's infrastructure plays an integral role in our economic growth, and developing bipartisan solutions is key to making real progress. Improving water infrastructure is vital to the Central Valley to ensure families and farmers have access to clean, reliable water. It is critical Congress comes together to craft a comprehensive infrastructure package, and I am proud of all the work that has gone into drafting this bipartisan proposal to address the needs of so many Americans. The Problem Solvers Caucus's infrastructure plan proposes essential investments in water, highways, bridges, and railways, and I am pleased to play a role in developing this meaningful framework," (
  • "Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy and needless regulations and a greater tax burden make it harder for them to hire." (
  • "Without sufficient transportation infrastructure, Central Valley farmers would be unable to ship their goods throughout the world. Our nation's transportation infrastructure plays an integral role in the United States' economic growth as it facilitates the safe movement of people and goods from place to place, making it incredibly critical we repair our nation's aging roads, bridges, and tunnels." (
  • "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act fundamentally changes our system to deliver meaningful tax relief to Americans across the country--especially those in the Central Valley. #TaxReform." (
  • "As a result of the new #taxreform law, MEC Aerial Work Platforms, a local Fresno County business, was able to give their employees bonuses & are hiring even more workers. The new tax code is already creating jobs right here in the Central Valley." (
  • "Responsible spending reductions that reduce the national debt will strengthen the U.S. economy and create economic opportunity for families in the Central Valley. These spending cuts, coupled with the implementation of a fairer tax code and strong incentives to work and invest, will lower the tax burden for all Americans, while providing increased support for necessary federal programs." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Voted against HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (
  • "Small businesses and their workers need help in the Central Valley. It is unacceptable for Congress to yet again delay emergency aid for those in need. Our representatives from both sides of the aisle need to put politics aside and find a compromise. Small businesses are in dire need, and it is imperative Congress approves this funding now." (
  • "It is critical that small businesses can keep their employees on payroll amid this crisis. As of today, small business owners can apply for the #PaycheckProtectionProgram which provides fully forgiven loans to keep workers on payroll." (
  • "The "one-size-fits-all" approach to education often favored by Washington, D.C. bureaucrats only interferes with our local schools. The United States must cut the red-tape tying the hands of local educators. Parents and educators should have the resources and flexibility available to implement individualized K-12 educational strategies that meet the needs of their community and ensure a high-quality educational experience for every student." (
  • "As a father of three, I understand that parents know the needs of their young students best. School choice empowers parents to make important decisions to support their children's education that reflect their family's needs. #CA21" (
  • Signed a letter stating: "As Members of Congress representing communities in every region of the United States, we urge the EPA to continue to acknowledge that the RFS has significant pitfalls and costs in future rulemaking." (
  • "Burdensome government regulations and failed policies are increasing energy costs for families in the Central Valley and across the country. We need to cut the red tape and allow the U.S. to once again become energy independent." (
  • "David supports expanding our domestic energy potential such as the Keystone Pipeline, so that we may end our dependence on foreign energy and reduce costs here at home. California can play an instrumental role in energy production. In additional to renewable energy sources, our State has the potential to produce oil and natural gas, solar energy and hydro-power. Developing California's energy resources will create jobs in our communities while lowering our national demand for energy by supporting innovation to improve our economy's energy efficiency" (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "The original intent of the Clean Air Act was for individual states to regulate their own electricity systems. This new regulation is tantamount to a federal government power grab that would impose onerous carbon emissions standards at and outside the fence line of existing power plants. The CPP would require approximately a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2030; a goal that will have a negligible impact on global temperatures. These costs will ultimately be borne by consumers, many of whom could see double-digit percentage increases in their monthly electric bill." (
  • "Burdensome government regulations and failed policies are increasing energy costs for families in the Central Valley and across the country. We need to cut the red tape and allow the U.S. to once again become energy independent." (
  • ""Burdensome regulations continue to prevent communities in my district from getting the water they desperately need. The reservoirs are currently extremely low because of disastrous policies that force us to waste water during wet years. The severity of the effects of this drought could have been lessened by commonsense actions during years with more rain. The lack of rain this year is exacerbating the ongoing drought, and my constituents are in desperate need of immediate relief," said Congressman David Valadao (CA-21). "While the NEED Water Act is not a long-term solution, it would provide temporary operational flexibility for the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project to reduce water supply shortages in Valley communities."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 "SENSE Act." (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (
  • ""Ensuring schools have the resources they need to identify and prevent potential threats is absolutely imperative. This bipartisan bill will reauthorize the Secure our Schools program, ensuring law enforcement and educators have the tools they need to keep students safe." He continued, "This bill is another step in the right direction as we continue our work to improve public safety throughout the country. In December, the House passed legislation to strengthen reporting requirements for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Senate must follow in our footsteps and take action on these critical initiatives."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 38 - Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (
  • "David supports repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with a market-based approach to healthcare reform that provides individuals with competitive choices and addresses the needs of those unable to afford healthcare insurance." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • ""This bill began the process of repairing our broken immigration system from the ground up while also strengthening our border and providing Dreamers with a pathway to citizenship. It is incredibly disappointing the bill failed to pass in the House." He continued, "It is clear, the only way to implement comprehensive reform legislation is if Republicans and Democrats put aside political objectives and work together to repair our broken system."" (
  • "Fixing our nation's broken immigration system shouldn't be a partisan issue. That's why, I signed a discharge petition to force the House of Representatives to vote on critical immigration policy. We must repair our system, protect DACA recipients, and secure our borders." (
  • "H.R. 6136 began the process of repairing our broken immigration system while strengthening our border & providing a solution for Dreamers. It's incredibly disappointing the bill failed but it's clear the only way forward is through bipartisan compromise." (
  • "While we must work to reduce the occurrence of illegal border crossings, it is unacceptable to separate young children from their parents. This is exactly why passage of a compromise solution is absolutely necessary." (
  • "Fixing our nation's broken immigration system shouldn't be a partisan issue. That's why, I signed a discharge petition to force the House of Representatives to vote on critical immigration policy. We must repair our system, protect DACA recipients, and secure our borders." (
  • "David supports a reasonable and responsible pathway to citizenship for those wishing to enter our country and those already here. This will allow many undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows, get involved in their children's education, find employment, and raise their families." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act." (
  • "Following the vote, Congressman Valadao stated, "My number one priority is the safety of the American people -- something the current Iran Nuclear Agreement does not guarantee." He continued, "Not only should we stop this agreement, we must not reward the Iranian regime for their dangerous nuclear pursuits. Lifting sanctions would only encourage Iran to continue engaging in illicit activities that put the entire world in danger."" (
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "While I am pleased to see the House of Representatives pass the U.S.- Mexico -- Canada Agreement today, I am disappointed such a critical victory for Central Valley farmers was delayed for more than a year. Each day this deal was delayed, TJ Cox failed countless farmers, ranchers, businesses, and workers in his district." (
  • "Today, I sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative urging the Administration not to implement broad tariffs that will have a long-lasting negative impact on hardworking Central Valley farmers who are already struggling." (
  • "Ensuring our dairy farmers are paid fairly for their product and have access to foreign markets will create jobs, promote innovation, and expand opportunities for all Americans, especially those right here in the Central Valley." (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (

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