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McSally on Equal Pay for Women

McSally on Equal Pay for Women

Equality
Jun 6, 2017 While campaigning in 2014, Martha McSally promised to vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act: “As someone who has fought for women my entire life, I know first-hand that women are still not treated equally in the workplace, and if I was in Congress, I would vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act because it's the right thing to do… Sometimes the 'best man for the job' to fight for women is a woman. When I replace Congressman Barber, I'll wake up fighting for women in this community everyday."[1]   She ran ads with the line: “Martha is standing up to her own party - supporting equal pay for equal work.”[2]   But in April of 2015, McSally voted to block consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act.[3] The bill…
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McSally on Gun Control

McSally on Gun Control

Gun Control & Rights
UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS Jun 5, 2017 Martha McSally not only opposes universal background checks, she considers them unconstitutional.   When asked about the “gun show loophole” that allows buyers to purchase guns without a background check at gun shows or on the Internet, McSally had this to say:   “That’s not a loophole. It’s freedom. And absolutely, it needs to stay that way, because any restrictions on that, at gun shows or other places, is just absolutely unconstitutional.”[1]   The Supreme Court disagrees with her on that. In the DC vs. Heller ruling, Justice Scalia specified that laws intended to prohibit felons and the mentally ill from purchasing guns are “presumptively lawful.”[2]   A majority of her district disagrees with McSally, too. A 2014 survey of likely voters in AZ…
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McSally on LGBTQ rights

McSally on LGBTQ rights

Equality
WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS Jun 5, 2017 Rep. McSally has a score of 48 from the Human Rights Campaign. To put that in context, all the Democratic representatives from Arizona have a score of 100, and all the other Republican representatives have a score of zero. [1]   A representative from the HRC explained the mixed results to us this way: generally McSally will vote in favor of workplace protections for LGBTQ people, but then will vote for broad religious exemptions that undercut those same protections.   For example, in May of 2016, McSally was one of only 29 Republican members who voted for the Maloney amendment to prohibit LGBTQ discrimination by federal contractors in military construction.   But she also voted for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that…
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McSally on Education

McSally on Education

Education
EDUCATION Jun 5, 2017 It can be a little difficult to pin down where Martha McSally stands on education. In general, her public statements reflect a desire to reduce the federal footprint and increase local control.  The amount of involvement (and in particular, funding) that she’d be willing to accept from the federal government seems to have shifted over time.   For example, in her 2012 campaign, she appeared to indicate that she didn’t want any federal funding of education at all, telling KGUN9 that she saw “no reason why we should keep having money be sent from here to Washington, D.C. to be sent back for education. So I think we need to go back to the federal government being minimally involved and this being state and local driven…
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McSally on Legal Abortion

McSally on Legal Abortion

Abortion
Jun 3, 2017 It has sometimes been difficult for the press to pin Martha McSally down on her views on legal abortion.   During her 2012 campaign, Martha McSally’s web site stated plainly, “I believe in the sanctity of every human life.”[1] In February of that year, she dodged when the Tucson Weekly asked whether that meant she would oppose legal abortion in the case of rape or incest: “legislators are not really involved in this issue right now.”[2]   The next month, however, she checked the box on a Center for Arizona Policy questionnaire to indicate her opposition to legal abortion, “except where it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother.” Soon afterward, she spoke on the subject at a Young Republican Club Debate: “I believe that…
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McSally on Trump

McSally on Trump

National Politics
Jun 3, 2017 Martha McSally played it safe in her 2016 campaign, refusing to endorse or disavow Donald Trump.  She would only say that she “might” vote for him, insisting it was a private decision between “me, God and the ballot box.” She told local press she “hadn’t been paying that much attention” to Trump’s campaign: “I just don’t have the time.”[1] She said the outcome of the presidential race wouldn’t impact the way she did her job: “I’m going to continue to be that independent voice for Southern Arizonans regardless of who wins the White House.”[2]   Pre-election, she demonstrated a willingness to criticize Trump when it was called for.  She said she “utterly disagreed” with his proposed withdrawal of support from NATO, and after Trump was caught on…
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McSally on Healthcare

McSally on Healthcare

Healthcare
McSally voted for Trumpcare Jun 2, 2017 Martha McSally votes 100% in line with Donald Trump’s positions. That includes her May 4th vote to pass the Republican health care bill. [1] She was apparently eager to do so. At the GOP “pep rally” prior to the vote, she stood up and blurted out, “Let’s get this fucking thing done!”[2] The bill McSally voted for effectively eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.[3] Previously, she had promised her constituents she would never do that. At her Town Hall in February: "We've got to make sure that people with pre-existing conditions get access to health care. They should never be denied."[4] And again, in March, in a statement to the Tucson Weekly: “Rep. McSally is committed to ensuring…
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McSally on Planned Parenthood

McSally on Planned Parenthood

Healthcare
Jun 1, 2017 Martha McSally’s longtime opposition to federal funding for Planned Parenthood is out of step with her district.   Recent polling showed that 54% of her constituents would be more likely to oppose her if she voted to defund Planned Parenthood.[1] This is unsurprising, as Planned Parenthood has a 60% favorability rating in Arizona (71% among Hispanics).[2]   There are two Planned Parenthood clinics in McSally’s district, which provide health care services such as cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control. (One of the clinics also provides abortions, but federal dollars don’t cover those services.)   In 2012,  McSally marked “opposed” on a Center for Arizona Policy survey that asked about federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Then in 2015, she dangled the possibility that she might…
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