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Steve Scalise's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood. (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Rated 88% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • ""The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will put more money in the pockets of hard-working families, create jobs to get our economy moving again, and simplify the tax code so much that more than 90% of Americans will be able to do their taxes on a postcard." (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Just like when Ronald Reagan worked with Tip O'Neill to save Social Security from bankruptcy, they did it in a way that actually strengthened the program. So for those people who want to hold their head in the sand and say, don't do anything, not doing anything means those two vital programs--Medicare and Social Security--would go bust for seniors today. We can't let that happen." (
  • "Seniors were promised the safety net of Medicare, and yet, if we do nothing--and there are some suggesting that we leave Medicare where it is today--it actually goes bankrupt, Madam Speaker, in the next 8 years. It would be irresponsible for us, as Members of Congress, to sit back and say we are afraid to confront these important issues, because failing to confront them literally would lead to a bankrupt program for seniors today and a broken promise by the Federal Government to those seniors." (
  • "The JUSTICE Act is the most ambitious and significant reform to law enforcement in decades. Above all, the bill promotes transparency and accountability, with a focus on rooting out bad apples while also recognizing the important role law enforcement officers play in keeping our communities safe. Americans have called out for change and it is our responsibility as legislators to make sure that this change is effective and lasting, instead of chasing the empty and dangerous rhetoric coming from those who demand we defund and dismantle police departments. We cannot turn our backs on our police officers -- the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe, and we must protect their ability to do that brave and heroic work." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "America faces enemies on several fronts, from terrorism in the Middle East to nuclear threats in Asia to cyber warfare, and our men and women in uniform are our first line of defense. Last week, we passed the #FY2019 Defense Funding Bill to give them the tools to be effective." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • "By cutting wasteful programs, and focusing on strategically important transportation and infrastructure projects, this bill ensures that our nation's transportation infrastructure priorities are met in a fiscally responsible manner," Scalise said. "I commend Chairmen Diaz-Balart and Rogers for their leadership on this legislation and guiding the fifth appropriations bill across the finish line." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Rated 88% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "With the passage of our Tax Cuts and Jobs Act this time last year, we kicked off huge economic growth across this country. Businesses have finally been able to grow and expand, leading to record job openings and the lowest unemployment since 1969." (
  • "BREAKING: Critical Coronavirus relief PASSED the House. Next stop → @realDonaldTrump's desk. America, targeted help is on the way: Major resources for hospitals Direct checks to families Small biz loans to cover payroll Expanded unemployment benefits" (
  • "Clearly, you're concerned about the cost of it. And, you know, you talk about a 2.2 trillion-dollar package, largest package we've ever passed, the whole federal budget is a little over three and a half trillion dollars. But if you also look at the other side of that, when you talk about over three million people on the unemployment rolls in one week with like you said, more to come, those are people that aren't paying payroll taxes, they're not paying Social Security taxes, we need to get this economy back up and running. We have to have an economy for people to go back to, and that's really what this bill that was passed today in Congress was all about is making sure we can have jobs for people to go back to so that we can have an economy that can fund what was the greatest economic engine in the world." (
  • "Today the House passed strong, conservative reforms to improve K-12 education by reining in the Department of Education and empowering parents -- not Washington bureaucrats -- to make the best decisions for their children's education," (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (
  • "There’s an assault on American energy production from the left, so I took a group of my House colleagues to an offshore oil platform 100+ miles off Louisiana’s coast to see an industry that employs hundreds of thousands of people and helps maintain America’s energy dominance." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • "Our federal lands and waters have abundant natural resources that we are capable of harnessing in a safe and environmentally-conscious way. Through streamlining regulations and opening more areas to energy exploration, we can create thousands of new high-paying jobs, generate billions of dollars for local communities, and lower energy costs for American families and small businesses. By encouraging not just conventional energy development, but renewable and alternative sources like geothermal, wind, and solar, the American Energy First Act is an all-of-the-above solution that truly puts all American energy first. I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing this important bill, and encourage all members to help us advance this sensible energy policy." - Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.)". (
  • "The Squad is the face of the Democrat Party now. They stand for socialism, open borders, the anti-Semitic BDS movement, free healthcare for illegal immigrants, & the job-killing Green New Deal. Republicans & @realDonaldTrump won't stop battling this radical, anti-American agenda." (
  • "But some Washington special interest groups are seeking to undo all of this progress and are calling for a costly, job-killing carbon tax. Some estimates show this tax would cost American families nearly $2,000 per year by increasing costs on everything from food and clothing to electricity. A carbon tax would be devastating to hard-working families, and is not the direction we need to be moving." (
  • Rated 0% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association. (
  • "When there are breakdowns in the background check system and the existing laws designed to prevent mass shootings, the solution is to fix those breakdowns and properly enforce those laws--not confiscate the guns of law-abiding citizens." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (
  • "And what President Trump talked about last night is you shouldn't have to get permission from the federal government to buy a plan that works for you; you should be able to make that choice on your own, and that's what we're going to do in this bill." (
  • "RT to tell Nancy Pelosi that America has had ENOUGH of her putting her petty partisan games and ridiculous liberal wish list over Americans in crisis. Families and small businesses need real relief NOW!" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "Our southern border is in crisis, and our brave border patrol agents are being attacked. We need to give them the tools to stay safe while keeping us safe. We need to build the wall." (
  • "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." (
  • "The crime caused by open borders has to stop. We need the wall." (
  • "We are a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. Sanctuary cities promote lawlessness and put Americans at risk." (
  • "I don't want to see the DREAM Act come to the floor, which is pure amnesty with no border protection, no wall. That is not the answer. Amnesty is not the answer." (
  • "We must secure our borders, put an end to so-called "sanctuary cities," and prevent the kind of injustice suffered by Kate Steinle and her family." (
  • ".@realDonaldTrump is absolutely right to continue applying maximum sanctions on the Iranian leadership responsible for supporting terrorism and taking action to destabilize the Middle East. We must make sure Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon." (
  • "North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile capabilities is a direct threat to America and all of our allies. The Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act will further cut off Kim Jong-Un's ability to access additional financial resources, and will sanction anyone who is complicit in the regime's provocative and destabilizing actions. This legislation also provides the additional economic and diplomatic tools and leverage to enforce existing sanctions to restrict the regime's illicit activities. I urge the Senate to swiftly pass this important bill and send it to President Trump's desk so we can continue working to combat this rogue regime." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Today, President @realDonaldTrump reimposed the tough sanctions on Iran lifted under the Obama Administration's horrible deal. I applaud President Trump's action to stand up to the Iranian regime’s sponsorship of terrorism, and its aggression in the Middle East.". (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "I am pleased that the Administration has decided to delay the withdrawal of our forces and not prematurely pull out of Afghanistan in order to meet an arbitrary deadline." (
  • Voted in favor of H J Res 77 - Opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria. (
  • "Enjoyed welcoming Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau to the Capitol today! Flag of United StatesFlag of Canada The #USMCA trade deal is a big win for both the United States and Canada. It’s time for Congress to ratify it" . (
  • The Senate just overwhelmingly voted to send #USMCA to @realDonaldTrump's desk to be signed. Second major victory on trade in just two days. President Trump continues to deliver results for American workers and farmers!" (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (

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