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McSally on Gun Control

McSally on Gun Control

Gun Control & Rights
UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS   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 02 showed…
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McSally on LGBTQ rights

McSally on LGBTQ rights

Equality
WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS   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 would allow…
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McSally on Education

McSally on Education

Education
EDUCATION   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 and funded.”[1]…
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McSally on Legal Abortion

McSally on Legal Abortion

Abortion
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 life begins at…
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McSally on Trump

McSally on Trump

National Politics
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 tape making lewd…
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McSally on Healthcare

McSally on Healthcare

Healthcare
  McSally voted for Trumpcare 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 that individuals…
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McSally on Planned Parenthood

McSally on Planned Parenthood

Healthcare
  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 have softened…
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McSally and Commerce with Mexico

McSally and Commerce with Mexico

Immigration & Border
COMMERCE WITH MEXICO  *from Feb 23, 2017 town hall event*    CD2 takes in a $1 billion in revenue from Mexican tourism. This is a bipartisan issue. Rep. McSally has said, “The number one priority I hear about from Southern Arizonans is creating more economic opportunity for our region.” She’s given speeches to to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Southeast Arizona Hospitality Association, and told both she wanted Arizona to capitalize on the booming Mexican economy. She pushed for funding to renovate the Douglas Port of Entry, and introduced a bill to fund the Sonoran Corridor to improve the flow of goods between AZ and Mexico. In May of 2016, she hosted a panel of speakers in Sahuarita to talk about border issues.  The focus was on security,…
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McSally on DACA Dreamers

McSally on DACA Dreamers

Immigration & Border
DACA / “DREAMERS” *from Feb 23, 2017 town hall event* According to the Pew Research Center, there were 27,000 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applications approved in Arizona. There may be several thousand more young people eligible. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that there are 97,000 people in Arizona who would have qualified for DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans). Moreover, there may be 212,000 U.S. citizens (mostly children) living in the same households with them. That’s over 300,000 Arizonans who are deeply affected by Congress’s unwillingness to address this issue. Rep. McSally has tried to split the difference here. She thinks creating the program was executive overreach. When a federal judge blocked the DAPA program, and an expansion of the DACA program, she issued a statement of…
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