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Martha McSally's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Issue Positions

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  • "Today, I voted to move the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act forward in the Senate. There’s no situation in which killing a newborn child should be legal, including when a child is born alive during an attempted abortion." (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • "Every human life has God-given worth and value. As thousands march in the streets of our nation’s capital, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting ALL American lives—especially those of the unborn." (
  • "Getting our fiscal house in order is not just about budgets; it's an economic imperative. A government that spends within its means spurs growth, protects investments in critical government functions, and ensures we hand future generations a strong and secure country. Instead, our current bloated, inefficient government stifles small business growth and chokes off opportunity for the middle class. Plain and simple, this is a failure of leadership, and we need new leaders in Washington, D.C., willing to put the concerns of hardworking Americans ahead of their next reelection. It's time we go line-by-line through the federal budget, eliminating waste and duplication wherever it exists." (
  • Rated 80% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "The @WaysandMeansGOP released the Tax Reform 2.0 package to build on the successful #TaxCutsandJobsAct. I led the effort to include a two-year extension of the medical expense deduction to protect AZ residents from a harmful ObamaCare tax hike." (
  • "Nearly 490,000 Arizonans were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2018. This week, I sent a letter to ask the Administration to further strengthen affordable options available to seniors using these plans." (
  • "However, I am against any effort to privatize Social Security because seniors have paid into this program their entire lives and are relying on it for retirement security. We cannot violate our promise to them." (
  • "Martha on Medicare: "Our seniors have been working their whole lives and saving for retirement. They deserve the benefits that they've been paying into." #AZSEN." (
  • "Our nation’s seniors shouldn’t have to choose between buying groceries & buying insulin. Capping insulin costs through Medicare is a huge step in the right direction as we look to reduce drug pricing across the country." (
  • "I fully support Arizona's upstanding police forces and the individual officers who protect and serve our neighborhoods. Instead of defunding the police, I am advocating to pass the Thin Blue Line Act to increase penalties for cop killing, along with increased funding for COPS and Byrne-JAG grants and direct Covid-related relief to local first responders. Our police officers deserve our thanks, praise and support, even as we all work together to ensure that individual acts of police brutality meet swift justice and the perpetrators driven out of the profession."
  • "Only 5 of the Army's 58 brigades are combat ready. Less than half of the Navy's aircraft can fly. 80% of the Marine Corps aviation units lack ready basic aircraft. The Air Force is short 2,000 pilots. We MUST rebuild our military! The #NDAA authorizes the biggest boost in years." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "This is a pivotal funding year for our nation's defense. The previous administration atrophied the effectiveness of our country's military. Because of the Trump Administration's partnership with Congress, we are reversing this dangerous trend and are providing our troops with the tools they need to be ready to fight at a moment's notice. This legislation injects desperately needed resources for training and equipment while investing in the modernization and development of the U.S. armed forces," (
  • "The world is too dangerous to neglect our military. That's why we are sending a bill to #POTUS to increase military strength & authorized defense spending. It contains each provision that I fought to include for AZ: A-10, Compass Call, Ft Huachuca, & Raytheon missiles." (
  • "Getting our fiscal house in order is not just about budgets; it's an economic imperative. A government that spends within its means spurs growth, protects investments in critical government functions, and ensures we hand future generations a strong and secure country. Instead, our current bloated, inefficient government stifles small business growth and chokes off opportunity for the middle class. Plain and simple, this is a failure of leadership, and we need new leaders in Washington, D.C., willing to put the concerns of hardworking Americans ahead of their next reelection. It's time we go line-by-line through the federal budget, eliminating waste and duplication wherever it exists." (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
  • "It also enables federal funding for important trade routes like the I-19 network and I-11 system. This is what getting things done looks like, and I'm proud of the bipartisan work in the House and Senate to move this bill forward." (
  • "Millions of Arizonans rely on aging federal water infrastructure in desperate need of repair. My bill would allow water managers to access the funds they need to repair these facilities without driving up Arizonans' water bills." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "Employers will be able to compete and win by spending less time and money on paying and filing taxes--and more time and money on growth, bigger wages, and new hires." (
  • Rated 80% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "After years of struggling to get ahead, Arizonans are taking home more of their paychecks & seeing falling unemployment. Solid retail sales in June suggest strong growth in the second quarter. GOP tax reform is working! #BetterOffNow." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 748 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (
  • "Legislation strengthening the Paycheck Protection Program was just signed into law. The PPP has already saved millions of American jobs and will continue to save more as small businesses receive greater flexibility to use their PPP loans." (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • "It is not right to deny children stuck in failing schools the option for a better education that focuses on local control, parent involvement, choice, and competition. Taxpayer dollars should be going to improving education, not paying for federal bureaucrats to dictate mandates and standards from D.C." (
  • "We must ensure we have a strong K-12 education system to prepare our children to enter the workforce, grow our economy, and keep America strong. Right now, our system is failing us." (
  • "We advanced key legislation out of @EnergyGOP today that will boost solar energy innovation & increase renewable energy jobs!" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • "Instead of picking energy winners and losers like the Green New Deal tries to do, Senator McSally supports an all-of-the above-energy strategy and has championed commonsense policies to advance clean energy" (
  • "If we’re serious about reducing our carbon emissions, we need to get serious about nuclear energy. My bill invests in our future by increasing the efficiency of our nuclear power plants." (
  • Rated 92% by United States Chamber of Commerce. (
  • "EPA's proposed mandate on Arizona, which was the second most extreme in the country, would have devastated our rural communities and many low-income families who can least afford it." (
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " (
  • "U.S. Representative Martha McSally today introduced legislation that would help prevent mentally ill individuals from obtaining firearms, while expanding funding for the identification and treatment of mental illness. The bipartisan bill is endorsed by a wide range of groups including the National Rifle Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the National Association of Police Organizations." (
  • "It helps prevent mentally ill individuals from obtaining firearms by providing incentives to strengthen our background check system while empowering communities to better treat and identify mental illness. If we want results, we'll have to work together on areas of common ground, and this bill is a great example of that." (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (
  • "The mass shootings that have taken place across our country are heartbreaking," said Sen. McSally. "We can and should do more to prevent these awful tragedies. The RESPONSE Act would give law enforcement additional resources to identify potentially dangerous people, improve access to mental health treatment for those who need it, and make our schools safer." (
  • "A vote for Obamacare is a vote against small businesses and a vote against fiscal responsibility." (
  • "Our health care system has been broken for a long time, but the president's health care law is not the solution to fix it." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" (
  • "The new tax code is better than our old tax code because it repeals Obamacare’s individual mandate, giving families the freedom to buy the healthcare plan that is right for them. It also provides relief from an Obamacare tax hike affecting the medical expense deduction. #TaxDay." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "Paid family leave brought a great group of senators & @IvankaTrump together at the @WhiteHouse ’s Child Care and Paid Family Leave Summit today. We talked about how any paid family leave plan must give working families the flexibility they need." (
  • "I have been leading the effort to modernize our legal immigration system, close legal loopholes that the cartels exploit, and build President Trump’s wall." (
  • "We need a comprehensive border wall system, but if even we perfectly seal the border yet don’t close glaring loopholes, dangerous gangs will continue to take advantage of us. Of 267 gang members arrested by DHS & DOJ last yr ~25% entered as unaccompanied minors. Let’s fix this!" (
  • "Arizonans live every day with the challenges and opportunities that come with being a border state. The new border wall system and a new port of entry will improve security and the economy for our community, state, and country." (
  • "Pleased that President @realDonaldTrump endorses my legislation to secure the border, end chain migration, build a wall, enforce our laws, and provide a lasting solution to the DACA problem that the last Administration created." (
  • "I voted for a proposal to immediately re-open the gov't, secure our southern border, and provide humanitarian assistance. This compromise plan also would have provided legal status & stability for those covered by DACA & TPS while we work to find a permanent solution." (
  • "I’ve fought many times in Congress to provide a legal status for DACA recipients while enhancing border security, closing loopholes in our laws, and modernizing our legal immigration system. I stand ready to continue that work in a bipartisan way." (
  • "I believe in law and order. America has a right to enforce its sovereign border. We are not just a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws. And we don’t have to choose between the two." (
  • "Sanctuary Cities are only Sanctuaries for criminals." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Iran and North Korea--brutal regimes that show complete disregard for the value of human life-- have made it abundantly clear that they are focused on developing nuclear weapons to threaten the safety of the United States and our allies, including South Korea, Japan, and Israel. These bills, passed by the House this week with my support, will increase economic pressure and tie the hands of their enablers-- aiming to cut off their funding sources. Congress and the President must work together in a bipartisan fashion to protect the United States and our allies. This is an important first step," said Rep. McSally." (
  • "I wholeheartedly support President Trump in his decision to reimpose all sanctions on Iran that were relieved under the awful so-called nuclear deal President Obama agreed to without appropriate approval from Congress." (
  • "We must use all elements of power to crank up the pressure on Iran and cut off their flow of resources, so this is absolutely the right path to take." (
  • "Erdogan needs to be a true NATO ally instead of invading Turkey's neighbors. We need to use our diplomatic & economic power—alongside our European allies—to stop the aggression Turkey is showing in Syria." (
  • "If you think we're going to declare victory over Islamic extremism in three years, I don't think that's going to happen," Ms. McSally said. "I'm not advocating that we start deploying large battalions over the Middle East, but we do want to make sure that the military can use all elements in any domain in order to meet our military objectives." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Under President @realdonaldtrump we are destroying ISIS safe havens in Iraq and Syria, and finally standing up to North Korea--as well as revisionist powers like China and Russia. #SOTU." (
  • "This excited because @POTUS just signed the #USMCA into law! This is a historic victory for all American workers, especially our Arizona farmers, ranchers & manufacturers." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We strongly oppose the inclusion of any agriculture seasonality provisions in USCMA implementing legislation, as they would run counter to consumer preferences, undermine the spirit of the trinational free trade agreement, and harm U.S. industries in order to artificially support a small segment of regional growers' interests." (
  • "The USMCA opens doors for Arizona. Let's pass this trade deal NOW! #USMCAnow" (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (

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