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Darrell Issa's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (CA) - District 48


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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • "As a Member of Congress, I earned a 100 percent voting record from the National Right to Life Committee -- and a zero percent rating from Planned Parenthood. I voted to defund Planned Parenthood and supported numerous pro-life measures like the partial-birth abortion ban and the Pain Capable Unborn Child Act. You don't have to wonder whether I'll stand for life in Congress, because I have a solid Pro-Life voting record throughout my entire career in Congress. I have never supported government funding for abortions and I never will." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • Rated 5% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Medicare provides essential services for millions of seniors and vulnerable Americans through a strong network of providers and suppliers. As we continue reopening during COVID recovery, local Medicare providers have asked for additional time to begin repayment of certain Medicare loans, and my legislation will provide this reasonable flexibility." (
  • Voted against HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (
  • "Mistrust of election integrity is at an all-time high. Rather than tackling the flaws in the system that we know exist, H.R. 1 is an end-run around common sense laws and a full sprint to give Democrats an unfair and illegal advantage. If signed into law, this strictly partisan legislation will only ensure that tens of millions of Americans will lose even more confidence that our elections are as fair as they are said to be free." (
  • "I oppose painting the serious wrongdoing of a few as representative of all. This false narrative has led directly to the destructive movement of defunding the police and the misleading denunciations that undermine law enforcement's effectiveness." (
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • ""This year's NDAA helps rebuild America's military and ensures our forces are ready to take on the threats of our ever-changing world," said Congressman Darrell Issa. "It provides funding for long-overdue modernization efforts, a well-deserved pay raise for our troops, all while providing crucial increases for our missile defense and cyberwarfareprograms. I'm also thrilled the bill included our measure to extend key provisions from the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act." (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • Voted agaisnt HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • "None should call this responsible, and it is not time to begin to make it a habit to provide open-ended debt increases. While emergency measures have been taken in this fashion -- including during COVID -- the government has an obligation to know what it is spending, to know what is owes and exercise care and caution with the money that taxpayers send us." (
  • "Reckless federal spending has a real cost, and it isn't the billionaires who are hurt by it. Families will spend more to heat their homes this winter because of inflation." (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • Voted against HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (
  • "Combatting COVID-19 is a national imperative that must include allowing access to the vaccine to all Americans who choose to receive it, rebuilding our economy and reopening our schools right away. Even though all five previous COVID spending bills of 2020 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, the new Democratic majority abandoned this positive approach and instead used a special process specifically designed to avoid consensus. Still, Republicans offered more than 600 amendments to the bill, but their goodwill participation was comprehensively rejected." (
  • "COVID-19 has caused historic disruption to our agricultural markets, and while our growers and producers continue to heroically endure and feed our nation, they have experienced tremendous economic hardship. This bill will enhance their ability to access the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) small business loans." (
  • "It's not the time to reopen California's shoreline to new drilling. Secretary Zinke has said that the "states and local communities' will have a voice, but Californians have made themselves clear: they do not want new drilling off our coasts. I will work to ensure that voice is heard and that California's coastal areas are taken out of consideration." (
  • "The truth is, the Biden Administration had already plunged this country into an energy crisis before Vladimir Putin mobilized soldiers for this invasion of Ukraine. From his first days in office, President Biden stopped advanced energy infrastructure and sent an unmistakable message to the energy industry: no to pipelines, no to drilling, no to the financing of oil and gas projects. This was a stunning reversal of the energy independence policies that were working when he took office as oil production exceeded consumption for most of 2019 and 2020." (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • Voted in favor of H Con Res 119 - Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. (
  • Rated 97% by Independent Petroleum Association of America. (
  • Signed Letter to Secretary Haaland: "We write requesting your urgent attention to potential fuel shortages that if realized leave California and the Western United States without full aerial capabilities to address wildfires. Leading into what all available data indicates is likely to be a severe season for wildfires, key officials are reporting that they are facing the real possibility of severe jet fuel shortages. This would mean they would have to wave off and decline the service of specialized planes and helicopters that drop fire retardants -- endangering millions of Americans across a substantial number of communities." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (
  • "I support safe and responsible gun ownership. I've never received lower than an "A' rating from the NRA and I have been a proud recipient of their endorsement. I was honored to speak at the NRA's national convention detailing my work to hold Eric Holder accountable for his Fast and Furious "gun walking" scandal, which factored in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Gun Owners of America called me a "Second Amendment Hero."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 38 - Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. (
  • "With a six-month deadline before the administration officially begins unwinding DACA, now is the time for Congress to step up and craft a meaningful solution. It would be neither fair nor feasible to expel all of the dreamers from the country. First of all, hundreds are currently serving in the military, defending our nation. Others are decades into a life in America -- educated, hardworking and law-abiding. Brought here by their parents as children, they spent their formative years in the U.S. where they learned their first words, attended school, graduated and obtained their first jobs. Still more are following the process outlined by their government: When asked to register for DACA status, they stopped hiding, came out of the shadows and did the right thing. The hundreds of thousands of dreamers are none other than the victims of their parents' actions and hope to find some way to be brought into the system so they can legally stay in the only home they've truly known. At the same time, it would be a mistake to simply declare blanket amnesty and grant full citizenship to anyone with a DACA designation. This would be a clear violation of the spirit of our legal immigration ideal, punishing those who have carefully complied with the law and patiently waited their turn." (
  • "I applaud the Trump administration and cities and counties throughout California, including San Diego County and the City of Escondido, for standing up to Sacramento and taking legal action to fight California's Sanctuary State law in order to keep our communities safe. I will continue working with President Trump to fight this lawlessness and hold our elected leaders accountable for enforcing the law." (
  • "The children of illegal immigrants brought here in their youth are in a precarious position through no fault of their own, but DACA did not fix this problem. At a time when we are enduring a historic humanitarian crisis on our border, this expansive immigration bill will worsen, not fix, the challenges we face. We must secure our border, enhance enforcement of our laws, address the DACA group in a bipartisan manner, and act purposely to prevent this problem from happening again." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 - Kate's Law. (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (
  • "Negotiating a deal with Mexico on revised #NAFTA is a win for the United States and Mexico both economically and environmentally." (
  • "USMCA is good for our country and good for San Diego County, which is getting a better deal under USMCA than we did under NAFTA." (

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