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Doug LaMalfa's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

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  • "I rise today in strong support of the sanctity of human life. I know we have, as a society, an obligation to protect life in all its forms, especially the unborn. We are confronted today by a culture that takes human life for granted and the sanctity of it." (
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee. (
  • "We do not need more tax rate increases we need more taxpayers." (
  • "America already has some of the highest capital gains tax rates in the world and last year had the largest tax revenues in our history. Raising Americans' taxes will only move investment overseas where taxes are lower and inhibit domestic job growth." (
  • "In December, 2017 I was proud to join with my Republican colleagues to support H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided across the board tax cuts for individuals and corporations, while also increasing the standard deduction and child tax credit to specifically support lower income families." (
  • "Today, we passed legislation strengthening the Medicare system to ensure our nation's seniors have access to quality health care, while also providing much needed stability and predictability to our physicians," said LaMalfa. "By repealing and replacing the flawed, costly sustainable growth rate with patient-centered reforms, we can transition to a value-based payment system that rewards quality and efficiency. This bill will also put in place the structural entitlement reforms that will produce significant savings and help put Medicare on a more fiscally sound path." (
  • "In Washington I will work to ensure that Social Security and Medicare continue to be viable programs that are stable and self-sufficient." (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Social Security and Medicare represent a promise that the federal government has made to its workers and elderly population since 1935 and 1965. It is the responsibility of Congress to ensure that the trust funds underpinning those systems remain stable and healthy in the long-term." (
  • "Now, under Democrat leadership, H.R. 1 is a bill designed to re-elect more Democrats to Congress using billions of taxpayer dollars. It weakens election security, promotes shady practices like ballot harvesting, further weakens voter ID laws, impedes free speech, and gives convicted felons the right to vote. None of these things are a good idea -- even the ACLU says this bill is unconstitutional. This bill is not for the people, but rather, is full of self-serving policies that only benefit the politicians who authored it. H.R. 1 says a lot about the priorities of Democrat leadership this Congress -- themselves." (
  • "The Democrats' proposal, the Justice in Policing Act does mirror large portions of the Republican bill, but also includes dangerous provisions that would allow frivolous lawsuits against good officers. Ultimately many of the provisions in the Democrat bill are designed to punish law enforcement, resulting in low morale of officers in retention, or recruitment of new ones. This is not the way to speed positive reforms." (
  • "This funding bill achieves significant goals of investing in our military and enhancing border security, while also providing for our rural district by including $465 million in payment to offset the vast ownership of our local lands by the federal government that is eroding our local tax base, as well as significant increases in funds for firefighting." (
  • "This week, the House Budget Committee released its budget. Standing in stark contrast to the President's proposal, our plan balances the budget over ten years without raising taxes, fully repeals Obamacare, boosts defense spending above the President's levels, cuts waste, and implements reforms to the regulatory system to improve transparency, efficiency and accountability." (
  • "A second common-sense step is to limit the duplicative duties of many federal agencies, which often conflict and can be counterproductive. For example, in Siskiyou County, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Environmental Protection Agency all believe that they have a role in the regulation of water supply and use. These agencies provide conflicting direction, fight amongst themselves and generally fail to provide the area's farmers and ranchers with any clear path to profitable operation. Add in the regular disputes these agencies have with similar entities in California's state government and there is a wide array of government workers doing essentially the same job - an incredibly expensive and counterproductive way to operate." (
  • "One way to deal with it is to scale back the federal government and return to the private sector any job done by the federal government that is duplicated by a business." (
  • "Tax cuts are already beginning to work. They will help produce jobs and raise wages in the North State. Theses tax cuts mean people will keep more of their hard earned money. According to the left leaning Tax Policy Center over 80% of Americans will see a tax cut." (
  • "America needs to promote growth in our economy and that means keeping taxes low." (
  • Voted in favor of the HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (
  • "The Paycheck Protection Program has become a lifeline for millions of small businesses across the country. However, the program has also shown that Congress needed to provide more flexibility as businesses across the nation begin to safely re-open. Today's legislation achieves these reforms and helps reinforce the clear national directive that we will support our small businesses during this pandemic." (
  • "This bill is disaster relief to help American businesses and families quickly recover from the effects of this virus, but it does so in a fiscally irresponsible way. We have spent billions -- now trillions -- of taxpayer dollars, tripling our debt incurred this fiscal year. Our country is experiencing a once in a lifetime disaster, and Speaker Pelosi has delayed this bill for days in an effort to include her partisan wish list while Americans wait and worry. The cost associated with this bill is extraordinary, but the most vulnerable in our area need this support while they isolate and recover." (
  • "Coercing states and school districts to follow a Washington knows best policy only serves to limit opportunities and silence the exact people who should have a seat at the table: parents, teachers, and education leaders who understand their children and students' concerns" (
  • "For over forty-five years, the federal government's role in education has been expanding, yet it has repeatedly failed to improve the outcome for our students. I strongly believe parents should have control over their children's education, and they should have the opportunity to send their children to a high-quality charter or private school, or chose home-schooling." (
  • "We like green power. We like renewable power. When it rains behind a dam, you have renewable power and it is reliable. And it is low cost, much more so than windmills and solar panels that require government assistance to put them in and keep them going." (
  • Signed a letter stating "We appreciate your attention to this issue and look forward to working with you to promote geothermal energy production and provide support for the surrounding communities." (
  • "Hydroelectric power is the cheapest, most reliable and cleanest power available. I support wind, solar, biomass and geothermal where and when cost competitive." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.2042 "Ratepayer Protection Act" (
  • "Expand exploration of natural gas, oil, and coal by removing restrictions and opening new land Promote clean coal-to-liquid and remove outdated regulations restricting our vast oil shale reserves." (
  • "The Clean Power Plan has a nice sounding name, but in reality, it's a prime example of burdensome and unnecessary regulation on America's energy industry. The Obama Administration repeatedly overstepped its authority and ignored the longstanding limits to Executive power, and now we must right the ship." (
  • "Voting now on a silly Dem motion to adjourn the House because we're not putting out yet more gun control bills. Enforce the laws in place." (
  • "I am an ardent defender of our Second Amendment rights. I believe firmly in the individual right to keep and bear arms. I will fight any attempt to water down or weaken our rights, while pushing to ensure our rights to hunt and defend ourselves are expanded. I am proud to have earned an A rating and the endorsements of the NRA and Gun Owners of America." (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (
  • Voted in favor of HR.38 "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017" (
  • "I support repealing Obamacare and replacing it with reforms that lower the cost of care and put patients back in charge of their health care decisions." (
  • "We've known for years that the Affordable Care Act is unsustainable." (
  • "At the exact same time, Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats used this crisis and its media circus to cram through a new paid leave program that will undoubtedly serve as a pilot for Democrats' future plans to massively expand the American government. I am unhappy with how this bill came together and its open-endedness on cost. But, I also see the virus as open-ended with expensive effects on the health of our economy and our families. We cannot let it run rampant in expansion of infection. Our efforts last week and this week, I pray, will flatten the growth curve of the virus and head-off debilitating our economy." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "It doesn't matter if you want to call it a wall, a fence, a physical barrier, or anything else. It is long past time to do something about the crime, violence, drugs, and human trafficking." (
  • "I support President Trump's swift and decisive action to deliver on the promises he made to the American people to enforce our nation's immigration laws. None of these are more important than securing our southern border and combating illegal immigration. These executive orders will start the process of constructing a wall along our porous southern border with Mexico, as well as tripling the number of immigration enforcement agents and providing them with the necessary resources to do their job." (
  • "No more to illegal immigration, no more to sanctuary cities, no more to the sieve of a border that we have, which endangers our security and endangers the values we have in this country" (
  • "America needs a clear and enforceable policy that promotes legal immigration and doesn't reward illegal immigration. Amnesty is not an acceptable option. Everyone who enters the country needs to have legal documentation." (
  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Iran and North Korea are also nations that both threaten key allies and friends of the United States. The sanctions we are contemplating are an important reminder to the world that the United States will not look the other way when reckless and aggressive regimes pursue the most deadly weapons in the world." (
  • "Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles capable of delivering them -- not only in the Middle East, but also across the Atlantic to the United States -- is a serious threat to both the U.S. and our allies. Unfortunately, the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal struck by John Kerry and the Obama Administration does little to curb this pursuit. While it may sound good, there are not nearly strong enough measures in place to actually hold Iran accountable for compliance with the deal. If we cannot guarantee that Iran follows the rules, then it's pointless. The Obama Administration traded billions of U.S. and foreign dollars in exchange for promises Iran clearly has no intention of keeping. To make matters worse, the current agreement does nothing to prevent Iran from testing ballistic missiles and much of the money Iran has received has been funneled directly to active terrorist organizations. This deal was a disaster from the start and it lets Iran off the hook. I support the President's decision to withdraw the United States from this agreement." (
  • "The legislation we passed earlier today will impose new sanctions to cut off funding for North Korea's nuclear program by discouraging foreign financial institutions from continuing to do business with the nation altogether." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "America should not fund our enemies. I find it unconscionable that Americans should sacrifice from their families as well as our courageous military members to support those who oppose our way of life and freedom. If a country cannot stand with America publicly, defend our embassies, oppose terrorists, and be a partner on the world stage we should not give financial or military aid. Given recent attacks against American interests around the world we should cut off all foreign aid to those countries." (
  • "Mr. Speaker, this week this House passed two important measures dealing with the problems we have in the Middle East. One measure on extending the Iran sanctions, the ability for the President to authorize those that would have expired at the end of this year, was passed by this House in order to give this administration and the next one tools needed for the bad behavior of Iran that it continues to exhibit. We cannot trust that they will continue to adhere to the bad agreement that was made. Also an important measure was that for Syria to cause sanctions against their proclivity to bring violence upon their citizens. We need both of these measures for this President and this administration currently and, very importantly, going into the next one to be able to enforce against these bad activities that are happening in the Middle East. I urge the Senate to take up these measures. I urge this President to pass these measures, so we have these important tools to prevent this kind of violence in the Middle East using our sanction ability." (
  • "Our nation is strongest when we work together, and the only way we can defeat these barbaric killers is if the President follows through on his commitment to destroy ISIS. That's why I've cosponsored H.J.Res. 123, which requires the President to work with Congress to develop a detailed strategy to end the ISIS threat. As this effort moves forward, it is critical for the Obama Administration to collaborate with Congress, and our allies, to ensure ISIS is soundly defeated." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Farmers are the bedrock of our rural economy, representing one of our nation's top industries. They are navigating declining commodity prices and unstable trade markets all the while net farm income continues to fall. Our farmers deserve predictability in national trade policies, especially given the impact of trade deals on the agricultural economy. As these trade negotiations and tariff issues persist, it is important to ensure the needs of fruit, vegetable and tree nut producers are heard and reflected in these policies." (
  • "Since the Manufacturing Enhancement Act expired in 2012, American manufacturers have had to pay billions of dollars in unnecessary tariffs just to buy the supplies they need to make their products in here at home. We have the finest manufacturing in the world, but we shouldn't be putting them at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world. This only serves to hold American manufacturing back. With the unanimous passage of this bipartisan legislation, we're leveling the playing field for American producers, and I'm glad we were able to get this done." (
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

X a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
X f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
X g) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as partial birth abortion.
X h) Support amending the California Civil Code to state that human life begins at conception.
X i) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Maintain Funding Status a) Education (Higher)
Maintain Funding Status b) Education (K-12)
Greatly Decrease Funding c) Environment
Maintain Funding Status d) Health care
Slightly Increase Funding e) Law enforcement
Greatly Increase Funding f) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Funding g) Welfare
Greatly Increase Funding h) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decrease b) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decrease c) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decrease d) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decrease e) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decrease F) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decrease g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminate h) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decrease i) Property taxes
Greatly Decrease j) Sales taxes
Eliminate k) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
No m) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Undecided n) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
No o) Should California legalize gambling in specific cities in order to generate tax revenue?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform.e) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

Yes a) Do you support the current two term, eight year limit for California governors?
Yes b) Do you support the current two term, eight year limit for California state senators?
Yes c) Do you support the current three term, six year limit for California assembly members?
No d) Do you support amending the term limit law to allow voters to place a current legislator on the ballot who would otherwise be ineligible to run for re-election?
No 1) Individual
No 2) PAC
No 3) Corporate
No 4) Political Parties
Yes f) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
No g) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
No h) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Undecided i) Do you support voting on-line?
Yes j) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
No k) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in California are closed?
No l) Do you support allowing voter registration on Election day?
No m) Should California recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yes n) Should California restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
o) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

X a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
X b) Increase state funds for the construction, renovation, and expansion of local jails and juvenile detention centers.
X c) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
X d) Support the use of the death penalty in California.
e) Support placing a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in California.
f) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
X g) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
X h) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
X i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
X j) Support .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
X k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
l) Support funding for alternative sentencing programs for juvenile offenders.
m) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
n) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
o) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
p) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
q) Amend the "three-strikes" law so that it is applied only when the third offense is a serious or violent felony.
r) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
X b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
c) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
X f) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Support public schools administering high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase state funding for Head Start programs.
k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
X m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Increase the length of the public school year to provide additional hours of classroom instruction.
o) Other or expanded principles

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.Affirmative Action: Should the following state agencies take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
X b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Create a state "living wage" standard.
X h) Other or expanded principles
No a) College and university admissions
No b) Public employment
No c) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

X a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
c) Support a bond for clean air, parks, and water conservation programs.
No d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
No e) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
No f) Should California purchase the utility lines of power companies?
No g) Should California sell state bonds to create an emergency fund for the purchase of energy?
X h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

X a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
X b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
X c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
e) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
X f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in California.
h) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
i) Require labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered products.
X j) Eliminate the requirement that health care facilities must provide non-emergency medical assistance to illegal immigrants.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

X a) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
c) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
d) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
X g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Support tax credits to developers for the construction of low income housing.
j) Other or expanded principles
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