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Michael McCaul's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Michael McCaul did not provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2022 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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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 2022.

  • "New findings reveal a majority of employers think Medicare for All will increase the cost of healthcare AND hurt the quality of care. 40% of employers believe Medicare for All will actually leave Americans with less access to healthcare." (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Instead of pushing Medicare for All to force 150 million citizens off employer-based health insurance, I propose that we start where we can find common ground. Let's protect people with pre-existing conditions & bring down the price of prescription drugs." (
  • "McCaul's focus is on free market solutions to lower costs, improve access and stop socialized medicine and other proposals that would eliminate employer-provided health insurance. Michael McCaul is deeply committed to protecting Medicare for seniors." (
  • Voted against HR 7120 "George Flloyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020." (
  • "Over the last several weeks, our country has grappled with how to best lift up underprivileged communities, hold police accountable and incentivize change at the state and local levels. While the House Democrats put forth a bill, they did not allow any input from their Republican colleagues across the aisle. I am concerned this legislation would undermine our law enforcement officials' ability to serve their community. I believe there is a better and more holistic way to reform. The JUSTICE Act would empower our local police departments to make reforms that best fit their diverse population while also tackling issues like homelessness, mental health, and drug addiction. We will completely miss the mark on reform for our districts if we do not also address these critical issues. It is my hope that during that House leadership can put aside politics so we can put forth a real solution for the American people." (
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Flloyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy.
  • "The recent rise of groups like ISIS only underscore the dangers we face. We must also remain a step ahead of the terrorists as they turn to recruiting American citizens to carry out their mission of Jihad in smaller scale attacks. President Trump is paying attention to these threats and is taking steps to protect our national security, such as increasing military funding." (
  • "Today, @POTUS signed the FY2019 NDAA into law. This legislation fulfills our pledge to rebuild our nation's military. We need to ensure that at a moments notice, our brave men and women have the tools they need to defend our nation." (
  • "With a host of competing priorities, we MUST pass a #budget that provides for the national defense & reduces #taxes." (
  • Voted against HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act" (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act" (
  • "Michael McCaul worked with Democrats and Republicans to introduce the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act and has worked to mitigate the effects of future storms through better infrastructure. McCaul is committed to providing the federal infrastructure funding and working with the Corp of Engineers to prevent the type of flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey from happening again." (
  • "The U.S. economy runs on innovation, not government spending." (
  • "The Paycheck Protection Program helped retain more than 220,000 jobs in the 10th Congressional District of Texas. Understanding what this program would mean for Texans back at home, I was a strong supporter of the PPP in Congress and again voted to replenish its funds so more small businesses could stay afloat amid the pandemic. I will continue to advocate on behalf of the constituents of the 10th District as Congress looks for new ways to help Americans during this time." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • "The failed policies of the Biden administration have made everything Americans purchase more expensive. While inflation skyrockets and wages remain stagnant in the Biden economy, Americans are struggling to fill up their gas tanks, pay their rent, and put food on their tables. In response, President Biden and Congressional Democrats are proposing trillions more in spending -- which will only exacerbate inflation -- and further regulations on American energy production. Now is the time for real leadership and real solutions." (
  • "Biden’s economic policies have caused rampant inflation, and now he’s trying to blame Republicans. We warned him that his spending was reckless, and now the American people are paying the price." (
  • Voted against HR 5376 "Inflation Reduction Act of 2022" (
  • "Once again, @POTUS is taxing hard working Americans by forgiving student loans for families that make 250K. This is reckless spending that will exacerbate inflation, raise the cost of tuition and is a slap in the face to those who worked hard to pay their loans off." (
  • Voted against HR 2547 "Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act" (
  • "McCaul supports efforts to eliminate ballot harvesting and other practices that undermine election integrity and supports photo ID at the polls. McCaul also supports maintaining up-to-date voter rolls." (
  • Voted against HR 5746 "Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act" (
  • "In order to advance a well-functioning global energy market with diversified energy sources, we need our diplomats on the front lines promoting American energy interests," Ranking Member McCaul said." (
  • Voted against HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • Voted against HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • ""In order to advance a well-functioning global energy market with diversified energy sources, we need our diplomats on the front lines promoting American energy interests," Ranking Member McCaul said." (
  • Voted against HR 1146 "Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • "#ICYMI Rightwards arrow Democrats voted in support of a natural gas tax, which was included in their massive spending bill. This means Texans could pay significantly more to keep their homes warm this winter." (
  • Rated 0% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • Voted Against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 83% by the National Rifle Association. (
  • "Once again president Obama has overstepped his constitutional boundaries and bypassed the elected representatives of the American people and their will. His executive orders will do nothing to stop those who seek to commit acts of violence as we tragically saw with the San Bernardino terror attack late last year. The president's failure as a leader on national security has led him to hide behind a political maneuver designed to rally his base in an election year." (
  • Voted against HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act" (
  • "Instead of pushing Medicare for All to force 150 million citizens off employer-based health insurance, I propose that we start where we can find common ground. Let's protect people with pre-existing conditions & bring down the price of prescription drugs." (
  • "We need to replace #Obamacare with a #betterway for health care." (
  • "The Families First #Coronavirus Response Act will: ?Ensure that coronavirus tests are free for all Americans. ?Provide 2 weeks of paid sick leave and up to 3 months of paid family and medical leave for those affected by Coronavirus. " (
  • "Texans, whether they are uninsured or insured, should have access to free #coronavirus testing during this national health emergency. In addition, during this crisis, paid emergency and sick leave is a necessary step for all of those either sick or quarantined." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" (
  • Voted against HR 3 "Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019" (
  • "Instead of pushing Medicare for All to force 150 million citizens off employer-based health insurance, I propose that we start where we can find common ground. Let's protect people with pre-existing conditions & bring down the price of prescription drugs." (
  • Voted against HR 6833 "The Affordable Insulin Now Act" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018" (
  • "As Chairman of Homeland Security, McCaul worked with President Trump to build the wall and opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants. Now, McCaul is working to hold President Biden accountable for the open borders disaster his policies have created." (
  • "Our bill brings a generational change that prevents us from revisiting these problems down the road. But this isn't just about closing loopholes and fixing broken laws. Border security is a national security issue. Violent gangs like MS-13, human traffickers and smugglers sneaking into our country infect our neighborhoods, and too many lives are at risk, and opioids come across the border." (
  • "This bill does many things, but it sticks to the four pillars we talked about in the White House: border security, by building a wall barrier system, technology, and personnel; the visa lottery system, a random lottery system, to be more merit based to bring in talent rather than a random system; chain migration is reduced so that it is not just based on family but rather on merit; and then, finally, we provide the solution for DACA. We legalize the DACA kids. We give them legal status to stay in the United States." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law." (
  • "As a former prosecutor and Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, one of my top priorities is and has always been public safety, and today the House took a major step forward in that direction by passing Kate's Law and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (
  • Rated 100% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4695 "Protect Against Conflict by Turkey (PACT) Act" (
  • "Comprehensive economic sanctions must degrade Putin's capacity to wage war. Some highly efficacious sanctions have not yet been imposed, however. Russian oil revenues help fuel Putin's aggression in Ukraine. Not a drop of Russian oil exports should reach our shores." (
  • "Emerging technologies like cryptocurrency offer many positive applications like humanitarian relief, but the administration has not kept pace in ensuring this novel form of currency is not used to the detriment of U.S. national security. Punishing criminals is a good first step, but I urge the administration to develop a robust strategy to stop bad actors from using cryptocurrency to evade U.S. sanctions." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6968 "Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act" (
  • "President Zelensky has pleaded for a no-fly zone, and we can give that to him without NATO aircrafts going across the skies of Ukraine. If we send in the correct aid like S-300's, we can turn the tide and give Ukraine what they've been asking for." (
  • "It is vital that the U.S. does everything possible to get the necessary weapons to Ukraine and our eastern European partners to defend against Russia's unprovoked war of aggression. With this bill, we are standing with the generations of Ukrainians impacted by this devastation. I commend Rep. Joe Wilson for introducing this important legislation and Senator John Cornyn for leading this effort in the Senate." (
  • Voted in favor of S 3522 "Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (
  • "Our tax code has not been updated in 31 years. A lot has changed since then and our tax code must reflect that in order for our country to remain competitive. That is why, today, the House took an important first step in fulfilling the promise Republicans made to the American people to create a fairer, simpler, and more competitive tax code that benefits working-class families. I voted with 226 of my colleagues in support of this bill which will create over 70,000 new full time jobs in Texas and provide an increase of $2,210 to the average Texan family. I commend my fellow Texan, Chairman Kevin Brady, for his diligent work on this historic bill." (
  • Voted against HR 5377 "Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act" (
  • "We also need to reform our outdated and antiquated tax code. Nobody understands it except the IRS, and they use their employees to target conservative political groups. The corporate tax burden needs to be lowered to make our companies more competitive . Right now, the tax rate for American corporations is the highest in the world which puts our companies at a competitive disadvantage. We also need to simply the tax codes for individuals and families and lower overall rates for all hardworking Americans." (
  • "Honored to attend the #USMCA signing ceremony at the @WhiteHouse this morning. With nearly 1M Texas jobs that are supported by trade with Mexico and Canada, our state will greatly benefit from this trade agreement. This is a huge win for Texas!" (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (
  • "I applaud the Trump administration for bringing our close ally Canada into the fold to reach a trilateral agreement that expands market access for our exporters to further grow our economy. There is no doubt that we need improved trade agreements for the 21st century to promote the best interests of America's small businesses, farmers, and workers. Now, it goes to Congress to approve and ratify this agreement. I look forward to reviewing the agreement in full so we can ensure robust trade for Texas and the country." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (

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