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John Cornyn's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2020.

  • Endorsed by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • "I take seriously my responsibility to fight for legislation that protects and defends all human life." (
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "Thanks to @POTUS for his gracious congratulatory call on #TaxReform win for American people in Senate last night. Tax cuts, a surging economy, rising wages, more take-home pay, and a flood of jobs and investment to US from overseas will result. @realDonaldTrump" (
  • "Today we're another step closer to reforming the nation's antiquated, complex tax code for the first time in more than three decades. I appreciate the support and hard work of my colleagues over the last few days, and soon we'll vote to let hardworking folks keep more of their money and provide greater economic opportunity for all." (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "'Medicare for all' means choice for none" (
  • "Under House Repeal and Replace bill, Medicaid spending would grow by 4% rather than 6% a year. Major entitlement reform." (
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (
  • "Repeal the 1st Amendment? Never. "@Fishgot2swim: @UniteWomenTX @Eykis The Senate votes to repeal Citizens United tomorrow, Monday, Sept 8"" (
  • "As we all know by now, thanks to our friend Senator Tim Scott and others who worked with him, we introduced the JUSTICE Act to enact real and lasting reform so we can begin to restore the broken trust between minority communities and our law enforcement agencies. This package of bills addresses some of the most pressing changes that Americans have been calling for--ending choke holds, better training for our police officers, accountability for body cameras, more diverse police forces, and the list goes on and on. We know it wasn't the only bill that has been introduced in this Senate. Our Democratic colleagues introduced a bill of their own, which would address many of the same issues. While there are some important differences between the two, what to me is more important is that there was a lot in common, a lot of overlap between those two bills. That should have, in a normal time, when people were logical and reasonable, put us on a strong footing to begin debating the ultimate product, which is what our Democratic colleagues actually asked us to do." (
  • "But @KamalaHarris and Senate Democrats blocked a mainly bipartisan police reform bill - refusing to even debate and vote on it! I guess they wanted the issue for their campaign and are not interested in addressing racial injustice after all." (
  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Defense: The NDAA is the greatest investment in our military in decades, and includes the largest troop pay raise in nearly ten years, support for 77 F-35s, and authorization of $140mil for military projects in Texas #GOPaccomplishments" (
  • "Spending deal: include $21B increase in defense spending and increased border security funding" (
  • "Texas tries to keep taxes, government spending, and regulations at a rational minimum to give people and businesses the freedom to dream big – The #GreenNewDeal would do the opposite" (
  • "After losing both House & Senate, POTUS should try listening to Texans and all Americans by cutting spending" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "Texas has reduced taxes, cut red tape in favor of sensible regulations, and encouraged business to grow and create new jobs." (
  • "Bloomberg: 4.1% growth announcement gives Trump and Repulican lead Congress a chance to highlight the success of their policies, including the biggest tax overhaul since the Reagan era, which probably boosted consumer spending and business investment." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "This legislation, negotiated with Democrats, would provide immediate relief to folks who've lost their paychecks, small businesses running low on cash, and healthcare providers putting their lives at risk to treat this virus." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 748 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (
  • "Washington needs to relinquish power to states, parents, teachers & local control on K-12 education, which is why I support Betsy DeVos." (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • "Happy National #SchoolChoice week! I'm co-sponsoring the CHOICE Act with @SenatorTimScott to expand education opportunities for TX families." (
  • "Today's #KeystoneXL decision by @realDonaldTrump will boost the economy, strengthen national security & improve access to affordable energy" (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • "A "Green New Deal" that includes a proposal to move 100 percent of U.S. electricity production to renewable sources would require at least $5.7 trillion of investment in renewable energy and storage." (
  • "WSJ: Market forces, such as cheap natural gas, will have a bigger effect on greenhouse gas emissions than the Paris agreement would have." (
  • "Innovation, like the Texas plan to capture CO2 and use it to boost oil recovery, can cut global emissions" (
  • Rated 7% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "Proud to join my friends at @tsra_outreach today in defending Texans' Second Amendment rights" (
  • "Great to be with so many of my fellow Second Amendment advocates at #NRAAM in Dallas today @NRA" (
  • Rated 100% by the National Rifle Association. (
  • "The foundation of Obamacare is a fine by government for not buying federally mandated insurance. Prediction: today we will repeal it & more" (
  • "It's time to deliver on our promise to repeal Obamacare, and we'll have that chance next week." (
  • "The House has now passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which we are in the process of taking up and will hopefully finish this week, and then I expect there will be a third installment--a stimulus package that Treasury Secretary Mnuchin will be up here on the Hill talking about today to try to help employees and employers and entire industries survive this economic trauma. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will help protect both the physical and financial health of our country by supporting workers and their families impacted by the virus. It will remove financial barriers for Texans who need access to coronavirus testing, regardless of income or insurance coverage." (
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "But if we just built a wall!Nope: Feds find 140-foot, US-Mexico border tunnel in California - Fox News" (
  • "The "wall" is one piece of an integrated border security system, including technology and border patrol. Secure Fence Act, essentially the same thing, passed 80-19 in 2006, w 23 Senate Ds a yes : Opinion | Take a deal for the dreamers. Build the wall." (
  • "The "Gang of Six" deal to fix DACA will not get a vote in the House or the Senate because POTUS will not sign it. Let's go back to the drawing board and get this done: Border Security, end Diversity Visa Lottery, limit chain migration, and fix DACA" (
  • "Opposition to zero-tolerance to illegal immigration = tolerance of illegal immigration without a plan to enforce the law. We will provide both a way to enforce the law and a humane and compassionate family unification proposal for Congress to vote on soon." (
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "Only a few years ago a prominent Democrat firmly and unequivocally rejected the idea that the President of the United States could singlehandedly enact an amnesty for millions of immigrants who entered the country without legal authorization. In 2011, for example, this same person reminded us that ``there are laws on the books that Congress has passed'' and that therefore it should not be permissible for the President to ``suspend deportations through executive order.'' Then in 2013 this same individual noted that granting a unilateral amnesty for adults who came to the United States illegally was ``not an option'' because it would amount to ``ignoring the law.'' A few months later this same individual was speaking at an immigration event and was interrupted by a heckler who urged him to stop the deportations by Executive fiat." (
  • "Why would POTUS say something so demonstrably false? Obama says only alternative to a nuclear deal with Iran is war" (
  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (
  • "#USMCA is a big win for Texas farmers, ranchers, and employers across the state." (
  • "Mexico is far and away our top trading partner. In 2018, Texas exported nearly $110 billion in goods to Mexico, and imported more than $107 billion from Mexico. USMCA is a big win for Texas, it’s time to pass it. #USMCAnow" (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (

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