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Paul Cook's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Paul Cook has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 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 2018.

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R.7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always been Pro-Life, and I always will be. I am against abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • "I will oppose any increases in taxes, and I will oppose any new tax. As a local lawmaker, I have earned a 100% anti-tax rating six years in a row, and that proven record will not change in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • "As always, I stand for lower taxes, a simpler tax system, and no new taxes." (www.joinpaulcook.com)
  • "Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. Too often, government gets in the way of job creation. We can get this economy moving again by simplifying the tax code; lowering taxes; encouraging investment; getting wasteful spending under control; developing energy resources in America; and reducing government red tape and bureaucracy." (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I have consistently opposed efforts to reduce American troop strength and underfund vital national defense capabilities." (www.joinpaulcook.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. Too often, government gets in the way of job creation. We can get this economy moving again by simplifying the tax code; lowering taxes; encouraging investment; getting wasteful spending under control; developing energy resources in America; and reducing government red tape and bureaucracy." (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal budget should be like a family's budget. You shouldn't spend more than you take in. I support making significant cuts in spending that will reduce the budget deficit and enforce spending caps that will put spending on a path to balanced budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (votesmart.org)
  • "As always, I stand for lower taxes, a simpler tax system, and no new taxes." (www.joinpaulcook.com)
  • "I will oppose any increases in taxes, and I will oppose any new tax. As a local lawmaker, I have earned a 100% anti-tax rating six years in a row, and that proven record will not change in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have a record, and I will stick by it in Congress. I'm working to create jobs and fix our economy, and the clearest path to a recovery is through lower taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • "As a former educator, I support parental involvement and local control in education. That's why I'm opposed to Common Core. Parents and the local schools that serve our communities should design curriculum, not bureaucrats in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • "Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. Too often, government gets in the way of job creation. We can get this economy moving again by simplifying the tax code; lowering taxes; encouraging investment; getting wasteful spending under control; developing energy resources in America; and reducing government red tape and bureaucracy." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) today voted for H. Con. Res. 112, expressing the sense of Congress in opposition to the President's proposed $10 tax on every barrel of oil and H. Con. Res. 89, expressing the Sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be harmful to the United States economy. Both measures passed the House." (votesmart.org)
  • "H. Con. Res. 89 expresses the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to American families and is not in the best interest of the United States. A study by the National Association of Manufacturers found that a carbon tax would have a negative effect on consumption, investment, and jobs. The study also found that the tax would lead to lower real wages, lower labor productivity, and an increase in the cost of coal, natural gas, and petroleum products." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by the National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • "The Second Amendment is a constitutional right and should not be infringed." (www.joinpaulcook.com)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.38 "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to repeal Obamacare and start with a fresh approach to solving our healthcare crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • "I support a better physical barrier – a wall – and better electronic surveillance." (www.joinpaulcook.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (votesmart.org)
  • "Rather than ignoring Congress and the wishes of the American people, the President should work with Congress to secure our borders and find real lawful solutions to the challenges facing America. Real reform must strengthen our border security, reward only those who played by the rules and came here legally, and punish those who break America's laws." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ours is a nation of laws. I am opposed to illegal immigration. The federal government has failed in its duty to secure our borders. I'll do what's necessary to make our borders secure." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Signed a letter stating: "We greatly appreciate your efforts to advance U.S.-Israel defense cooperation--a critical investment that provides security and stability to the Middle East. Israel will require significant investment in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 to defend itself against aerial threats posed by a wide array of hostile adversaries" (votesmart.org)

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