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Steve Scalise's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (LA) - District 1, Republican Minority Whip

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Steve Scalise has refused 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

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  • "Congressman Scalise has fought to promote traditional marriage and the right to life and continues to fight against attempts to weaken these values." (scalise.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • "We should all work together to promote a culture that respects life at every stage, including in the womb, and I will continue fighting for the American values that make our country the greatest in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "He has also co-sponsored legislation to repeal the death tax and to make the Bush tax cuts permanent (H.R. 143 and H.R. 2734, respectively)." (scalise.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Scalise firmly believes that we can create good, high-paying jobs and encourage personal savings by lowering the tax burden on our families. Congress must restore fiscal discipline and promote a tax policy that is fair to our families and small businesses. Congressman Scalise will continue to support and fight for legislation that lowers taxes, cuts wasteful government spending and strengthens our economy." (scalise.house.gov)
  • "This budget deal will help conservatives accomplish key parts of what we came here to do: […] strengthen our national defense so America remains strong and free in the face of increasing threats around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "Importantly, this bill significantly increases support for our defense and troops, giving the largest pay raise to our military men and women in six years, and providing an additional $25 billion in defense funding to protect against threats from radical Islam and rogue regimes throughout the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: " In the two election cycles since the draft was released, nearly half a billion dolars of undisclosed money has flooded
  • "Congressman Scalise firmly believes that we can create good, high-paying jobs and encourage personal savings by lowering the tax burden on our families. Congress must restore fiscal discipline and promote a tax policy that is fair to our families and small businesses. Congressman Scalise will continue to support and fight for legislation that lowers taxes, cuts wasteful government spending and strengthens our economy." (scalise.house.gov)
  • "Washington has a spending problem and this has led to a tax code that is hurting American families, small businesses, and our nation's economy." (scalise.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Scalise firmly believes that we can create good, high-paying jobs and encourage personal savings by lowering the tax burden on our families. Congress must restore fiscal discipline and promote a tax policy that is fair to our families and small businesses. Congressman Scalise will continue to support and fight for legislation that lowers taxes, cuts wasteful government spending and strengthens our economy." (scalise.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by American's for Prosperity (votesmart.org)
  • "He understands that parents, teachers, and administrators are keys to student success. As a former board member of Teach for America of New Orleans, Congressman Scalise supports programs and incentives that recruit good teachers and helps them successfully educate our young children. He is in favor of education reforms that empower teachers and encourage students to succeed. Scalise is also working to ensure that schools have the tools and flexibility they need to effectively educate students." (scalise.house.gov)
  • "The Student Success Act also protects the autonomy of state school boards and prohibits the federal government from forcing states into adopting Common Core academic standards." (votesmart.org)
  • "In addition to producing more domestic oil and natural gas, Congress must encourage newer, cleaner, and reliable sources of energy like advanced nuclear and next generation coal, while promoting clean power from renewable sources of energy such as wind and hydroelectric power. It is equally imperative that Congress work to cut federal bureaucratic red tape that has limited necessary refinery capacity in the United States. Our nation must also encourage greater energy efficiency. Congressman Scalise continues to fight for this 'all of the above' energy strategy that will reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, improve our energy security, and create good jobs here at home." (scalise.house.gov)
  • "I will continue fighting for full repeal of the RFS so that we finally get the government out of the detrimental business of picking winners and losers in the energy marketplace." (scalise.house.gov)
  • "The Obama Administration’s radical global warming agenda is devastating to American energy, and these unobtainable proposals will lead to more electricity plants being shuttered and higher costs for families. The findings of the study show that President Obama and his liberal lieutenants will pursue their radical agenda regardless of the devastating impact on our economy, including thousands more good jobs being shipped overseas, and they must be rejected!'" (scalise.house.gov)
  • "House Republicans will not stand by while unelected bureaucrats at the EPA wage war on American jobs and reduce our quality of life." (votesmart.org)
  • "A strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Scalise has sponsored and cosponsored legislation protecting citizens' right to keep and bear arms. In the 112th Congress, Scalise introduced H.R. 58, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, which improves law-abiding citizens' ability to purchase firearms. The bills Scalise has recently cosponsored include H.R.645, a bill to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia and the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, H.R.822, which would ensure national reciprocity for concealed carry permit holders. Congressman Scalise's pro-gun stance has earned him an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association." (scalise.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Scalise supports a full repeal of the unconstitutional job-killing Obamacare law. He is a co-sponsor of H.R. 2, repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, which passed the House on January 19, 2011. Obamacare is not reform, and Congressman Scalise is working with his colleagues to replace this law with real reforms to health care in America." (scalise.house.gov)
  • "American families deserve better than President Obama's broken promises and hollow apologies. It's time for action. It's time for President Obama to admit his broken health care law has failed, and join with House Republicans to stop this train wreck before it's too late." (scalise.house.gov)
  • "I think that the President is taking the right approach by saying, number one, he is going to secure the American border. Building the wall is part of that. That's what's in our bill, the Goodlatte-McCaul bill in the House. It secures the border, builds the wall, uses technology to secure different parts on the border, as well as giving our ICE agents the tools they need." (votesmart.org)
  • "Scalise is opposed to giving amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants currently living in our country. He does not want to reward those who have committed a crime." (scalise.house.gov)
  • "Steve believes amnesty is not an option. He will fight to take amnesty off the table. Washington lawmakers need to realize that amnesty is a get-out-of-jail-free card that will only encourage more illegal aliens to cross our borders and drain our nation's resources. Congress granted amnesty to illegal aliens over 20 years ago, and since then 12 million more illegal aliens have entered the United States. Amnesty failed then and it will fail now." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "We should be wanting to make sure that Iran can't get a nuclear weapon, that North Korea cannot move towards a nuclear weapon." (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] look, we're going to go destroy ISIL. That's what we're going to do. We're going to destroy Islamic terrorists in the world because they want to come and do us harm. Don't tell them how you're going to do it. Don't tell them what you're not going to do." (votesmart.org)
  • "To defeat these terrorists and win the War on Terror, Congressman Scalise believes we must remain vigilant, determined, and united in support of the armed forces." (scalise.house.gov)

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