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Party R
State AZ
Years in DC 30
Next Election 2022

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F 32%

Key Issues

The following issues detail the member’s votes during their time in Congress on the most important issues facing our nation. Please click on the issue on the left side-bar, or on the dropdown menu on your mobile device, to scroll through the issue slides. Interspersed within the votes are comments made by the member regarding these issues. 

The thumbs up or down position following a vote or statement compares the member’s action to the conservative position on that issue. These positions, along with a member’s Liberty Score™, comprise an in-depth view of a member’s conservative record, or lack thereof.

Agriculture

  • Voted against the Farm Bill in 2002 containing subsidies[1] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of limiting subsidies to millionaire farmers in 2011[2] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment establishing an average gross income limit to receive benefits under the Farm Bill in 2012[3] conservative position
  • Voted against the Farm Bill in 2012[4] conservative position
  • Voted against the final $940 billion Farm Bill in 2014, which failed to reform food stamps or agriculture programs in a meaningful way [5] conservative position  

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=2&vote=00103
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00183
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00131
[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00164
[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00021

Bailouts

  • McCain voted in favor of the Bush stimulus in early 2008, which also expanded the role of FHA in mortgages[1] liberal position
  • He also voted in favor of TARP, the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street, in 2008[2] liberal position
  • McCain was absent during the vote on the Freddie/Fannie bailout.  However, he supported the Bush stimulus in 2008, which contained a provision expanding the loan limit of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.  liberal position
  • Instead of placing blame where blame is due and crediting government regulations and housing mandates, in the 2008 presidential debates, McCain blamed Wall Street and greed for the sub-prime crisis.
    • I think there are some greedy people on Wall Street that perhaps need to be punished.'' -Senator McCain (Bloomberg News, 1/31/08) liberal position
  • Voted against a $14 billion auto industry bailout in 2008[3] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of additional $10 billion stimulus spending in early 2010[4] liberal position
  • Voted against a $41 billion bailout of the United States Postal Service in 2012[5] conservative position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00010
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00213
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00215
[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00032
[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00082

Budget & Spending

  • Voted in favor of an amendment capping non-defense or trust fund discretionary spending at previous fiscal year levels in 2005[1] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment providing for discretionary spending control in 2006[2] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment freezing spending at the previous level if spending bills are late in 2007[3] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment providing for true deficit reduction in appropriation bills in 2007[4] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of a short-term “Do Nothing” continuing resolution in 2011[5] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of Obama’s Budget Control Act in 2011, which granted him $2.4 trillion in new debt authority[6] liberal position
  • Voted against emergency spending with no offsets in 2011[7] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of a continuing resolution that violated the agreed upon Ryan Budget levels by $24 billion in 2011[8] liberal position
  • Voted against a 1200-page budget-busting Omnibus spending bill in 2011[9] conservative position
  • Voted against advancing the Lee Budget cutting the size of government in half by 2025 and balancing the federal budget by 2017 [10]liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment cutting spending in a Sandy relief bill and offsetting the remaining cost in 2012[11] liberal position
  • Voted against $50 billion for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief with no offsetting spending cuts in 2012[12] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment offsetting Sandy disaster relief with a 0.49 percent cut to discretionary spending over time in 2013[13] liberal position
  • Voted against Hurricane Sandy disaster relief appropriations in 2013[14] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment balancing the budget within five years without raising taxes in 2013[15] liberal position
  • Voted against the $12.2 billion Water Resources Development Act in 2013[16] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of the Senate negotiated spending and debt deal to end the government shutdown in 2013, which raised the debt limit and funded Obamacare[17] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of the Ryan/Murray budget deal in 2013[18] liberal position
  • Voted against the Omnibus Spending Bill following the government shutdown in 2014[19] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of a motion to waive budget points of order allowing spending in the Veterans' bill to occur outside existing federal budget caps in 2014[20] liberal position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00286
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00065
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00006
[4] [4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00099
[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00044
[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00123
[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00135
[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00153
[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00235
[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00101
[11] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00244
[12] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00248
[13] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00003
[14] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00004
[15] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00069
[16] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00124
[17] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219
[18] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00281
[19] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00013
[20] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00186

Civil Liberties

  • McCain consistently votes against conservatives on civil liberty issues. One of his most notorious strikes against conservatives came in the form of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill in 2002[1] liberal position
  • He supports coercing taxpayers to publicly fund campaigns in lieu of private funding[2]. He also voted for a bill providing taxpayer-funded discounts for financing mailing and television buys for candidates[3]  liberal position
  • During McCain-Feingold debate, he voted against requiring unions to disclose to its members the information on its political expenditures[4] and to require consent from its members to donate to political causes or candidates[5]. liberal position
  • He voted to require states to criminalize driving without a seatbelt in 2004[6]  liberal position
  • Despite McCain’s support for limiting the ability of private citizens to fundraise for candidates, he opposed efforts to bar federal employees from engaging in political activities, pursuant to the Hatch Act[7]   liberal position
  • Voted in favor of prohibiting the use of eminent domain to forcibly take private land in 2009[8]  conservative position
  • Voted in favor of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in 2012[9] liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment ensuring Fourth Amendment protection in data collection by requiring warrants for all wire-tapping of U.S. citizens (FISA) in 2012[10] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in 2013[11] liberal position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=2&vote=00054

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=102&session=2&vote=00082

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=104&session=2&vote=00168

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/vote_menu_107_1.htm

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=1&vote=00043

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=2&vote=00009

[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=101&session=2&vote=00090

[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00103

[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00087

[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00234

[11] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00019

Debt Ceiling

  • Voted in favor of TARP which included an increase in the debt ceiling in 2008[1] liberal position
  • Voted against Obama’s Budget Control Act which raised the debt limit by $2.4 trillion, the largest increase in history[2] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of increasing the debt ceiling in January of 2013[3] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of the negotiated spending and debt deal to end the government shutdown which included an increase in the debt ceiling in 2013[4] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of increasing the debt ceiling following the government shutdown in early 2014[5] liberal position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00213
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00123
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00011
[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219
[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00033

Earmarks

  • McCain was one of only 15 senators to oppose funding for the “Bridge to Nowhere” in 2005[1].. In 1988, he voted against cutting funding for the wasteful legal services corp[2]Voted in favor of including federal entities in the definition of earmarks in 2006[3] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment instituting an earmark moratorium for FY 2009[4] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of establishing an earmark moratorium for fiscal years 2010 and 2011[5] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment prohibiting earmarks in years with a deficit in 2010[6] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of establishing an earmark moratorium for FY 2011, 2012, and 2013[7] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment to prohibit earmarks in 2012[8] conservative position


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00262

[2] https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/100-1988/s680

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00081

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00075

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00050

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00060

[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00255

[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00008

Education

  • In 2001, McCain voted to support President Bush’s centralized education-reform plan, No Child Left Behind[1]. liberal position
  • Voted against extending student loan interest rates for undergraduate Federal Direct Stafford Loans in 2012[2] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment making federal education dollars portable in 2013[3] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of maintaining federal subsidies for student loans in 2013[4] liberal position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=1&vote=00371

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00172

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00063

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00185

Energy & Environment

  • In 1987, he voted to override President Reagan’s veto of the Clean Water Act, which places an onerous burden on industry[1] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of amendments to the Clean Air Act limiting emissions from coal in 1990[2] liberal position
  • In 2003, McCain was one of a few Republicans to vote to join the Kyoto protocols, which called for reducing energy output in order to comply with global warming standards[3].  In 2005, he proposed an amendment to further impose global warming restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions[4] and supported a resolution imposing mercury emissions standards on electricity generating power plants[5].   liberal position
  • McCain has voted to block drilling in ANWR[6].  liberal position
  • In 2007, McCain was absent for the vote on the energy bill that mandated the use of ethanol and placed standards on producers of fuel, cars, and appliances[7]
  • Voted against the Cash for Clunkers program in 2009[8] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment repealing the ethanol import tax subsidy in 2011[9] conservative position
  • Voted against requiring the military to purchase “green fuels” in 2012, when conventional fuels are cheaper and more efficient[10] conservative position
  • Voted to confirm Gina McCarthy to be Administrator of the EPA in 2013. [11]  She has since promulgated job-killing energy regulations on power plants.  liberal position
  • When McCain was running for president in 2007, he gave an energy policy speech[12] in which he called our use of oil “a serious threat to our security, our economy and the well-being of our planet.”  He also said that global warming was "a serious and urgent economic, environmental and national security challenge" and “not a Hollywood invention.”  liberal position

[1] https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/100-1987/s19
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=101&session=2&vote=00324
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=1&vote=00420
[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00148
[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00225
[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00288
[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00430
[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00270
[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00090
[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00206
[11] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00180
[12] http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/23/AR2007042300786.html

Foreign Policy & Defense

  • Voted against the International Cooperation Act expanding various foreign aid programs in 1991[1] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment providing for an $18 billion bailout of the International Monetary Fund in 1998[2] liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment providing for sanctions against Iran in 2006[3] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment striking increased funding for the International Monetary Fund from a 2009 continuing resolution[4] conservative position
  • Voted against the new START treaty in 2010 with Russia which weakens our missile defense capabilities[5] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of repealing the authority to provide loans to the International Monetary Fund in 2011[6] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2012[7] liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment cutting foreign aid to hostile nations in 2013[8] liberal position
  • Voted against cutting funding to Egypt for FY 2014[9] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of advancing the International Monetary Fund bailout attached to the Ukraine foreign aid bill in 2014[10] liberal position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=102&session=1&vote=00219
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=105&session=2&vote=00044
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00172
[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00201
[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00298
[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00099
[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00219
[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00082
[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00085
[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00079

Free Markets

  • Voted in favor of expanding the FDA’s oversight over tobacco products in 2009[1] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment providing the GAO with the authority to audit the Federal Reserve, including the Federal Open Market Committee in 2010[2] conservative position
  • Voted against an FDA takeover of the food industry 2010[3] conservative position
  • Voted against patent reform in 2011[4] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment increasing loan limits for the FHA and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2011[5] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment providing tax credits for natural gas vehicles and refueling infrastructure 2012[6] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of a 2012 amendment phasing out the Export-Import Bank[7] conservative position
  • Voted against a 2012 amendment prohibiting the Export-Import Bank from providing financing to a person or project in a country that holds U.S. debt[8] liberal position
  • Voted against reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank in 2012[9] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment prohibiting mandatory or compulsory participation in government marketing programs 2012[10] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment reforming the sugar subsidy program in 2012[11] conservative position
  • Voted against a "Buy American" amendment in 2013[12] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of repealing the sugar price support program in 2013[13] conservative position
  • Voted against delaying key reforms to National Flood Insurance Program in January 2014[14] conservative position
  • Voted against delaying key reforms to National Flood Insurance Program in March 2014[15] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of extending the termination date of the Terrorism Insurance Program under TRIA in 2014[16] liberal position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00207
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00138
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00257
[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00129
[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00180
[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00041
[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00091
[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00092
[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00096
[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00138
[11] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00151
[12] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00123
[13] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00134
[14] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00019
[15] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00078
[16] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00231

Health Care

  • Voted against Medicare Part D in 2003[1] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment allowing for the interstate sale of health insurance in 2007[2] conservative position
  • Although he did not support the passage of Obamacare,[3] Senator McCain has not voted with conservatives on the issue of health care. In fact, it is the opposite. In October of 2013, McCain voted to keep funding for Obamacare[4]. liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment opposing Medicare reform that includes vouchers in 2013[5] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of a procedural vote that gave Harry Reid the ability to strike Obamacare defund language from a spending bill in 2013[6] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of offsetting the cost of the Miller-Sanders Veterans Bill[7] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of the Miller-Sanders Veterans Bill creating a new entitlement set to cost $500 billion over the next decade in 2014[8] liberal position
Social Security: 
  • Senator McCain’s big-government view of entitlement programs is another example of his destructive path away from conservative principals. Instead of fighting for less government and free market-solutions, McCain makes it clear that he will never be in favor of privatization. On June 12, 2008, when fielding a question in a town hall meeting about privatizing Social Security accounts, McCain said, "But I'm not for quote ‘privatizing Social Security’, I never have been, I never will be."[9]  liberal position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=1&vote=00459
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00305
[3] http://www.nationaljournal.com/health-care/mccain-introduces-bill-to-repeal-and-replace-obamacare-20131218
[4] http://www.heritageactionscorecard.com/votes/vote/s219-2013
[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00048
[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00206
[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00253
[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00254
[9] VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyBwMy27Aoc

Immigration

  • As a member of the House, McCain voted against amnesty for 3 million illegal immigrants in 1986[1] conservative position
  • In 1992, he voted to extend the law requiring bilingual ballots[2] liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment striking sections from the 2006 amnesty bill legalizing the status of most illegal aliens[3]liberal position
  • Sponsored and voted in favor of the 2006 amnesty bill including a path to citizenship[4] liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment providing extra funds to construct fencing along the southwest border with a spending offset in 2006[5] liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment barring gang members, terrorists, and other criminals from obtaining legal status in 2007[6] liberal position
  • In 2013, McCain was a leading member of the bipartisan working group known as the “Gang of 8,” who unveiled a massive immigration overhaul and amnesty package.
  • Voted in favor of the Gang of 8 Amnesty Bill in 2013[7] liberal position


[1] https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/99-1986/h872
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=102&session=2&vote=00180
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00127
[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00157
[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00200
[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00187
[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00168

Judiciary & Nominations

Tort Reform: 
  • He was one of only a few Republicans to vote against the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act in 1995.[1]  This bill helped preempt frivolous lawsuits by requiring plaintiff investors to gather stronger evidence of deliberate fraud before proceeding with a case.  The bill was signed into law over President Clinton’s veto. [2] liberal position
Nominations:
  • Voted against confirming Sonia Sotomayor as a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit[3] conservative position
  • Voted against confirming Timothy Geithner for Secretary of the Treasury[4] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of confirming Eric Holder for Attorney General[5] liberal position
  • Voted against confirming Sonia Sotomayor as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice[6] conservative position
  • Voted against confirming Elena Kagan as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice[7] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment enhancing accountability and transparency among various Executive agencies in 2011[8] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of eliminating confirmation for 200 presidential appointees, maintaining/reducing oversight of the Executive Branch in 2011[9] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment establishing term limits for senators in 2012[10] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of shortening the duration of all Senate debates, weakening the minority in 2013[11] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of confirming John Kerry for Secretary of State[12] liberal position
  • Voted against confirming Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense[13] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of confirming Jack Lew for Secretary of the Treasury[14] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of confirming Richard Cordray for Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau[15] liberal position
  • Voted to confirm Fred Hochberg as President of the Export-Import Bank in 2013, even after conservatives agreed to get rid of the bank. [16] liberal position
  • Voted against confirming Stanley Fischer for Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors[17] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of confirming Sylvia Mathews Burwell for Health and Human Services Secretary[18] liberal position
  • Voted against confirming Julian Castro for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development[19] conservative position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=104&session=1&vote=00589
[2] https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/104/hr1058
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=105&session=2&vote=00295
[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00015
[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00032
[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00262
[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00229
[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00100
[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00101
[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00011
[11] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00001
[12] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00005
[13] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00024
[14] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00025
[15] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00174
[16] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00176
[17] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00160
[18] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00175
[19] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00219

Labor

  • Voted in favor of increasing the minimum wage in 2007[1] liberal position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00042

Sanctity of Life

  • McCain is a not only a disappointment but is a threat to the pro-life movement. Instead of standing with conservatives and his early support of the movement, political pandering has navigated his position – flip-flopping on the issue both years he was in the running for president. liberal position
  • McCain also voted against an amendment barring funding to the UN as long as China keeps its policy of forced abortions for women[1]. liberal position
  • Voted in favor of allowing federal funding for research on stem cells in 2006[2] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of expanding federal funding for stem cell research in 2007[3] liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment preventing funding for the United Nations while any member nation forces involuntary abortions in 2013[4] liberal position

[1] http://www.heritageactionscorecard.com/votes/vote/s86-2013
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00206
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00127
[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00086

Second Amendment

  • Although he voted against the Biden Crime Control Act of 1991 which included a handgun waiting period and an assault weapons ban,[1] McCain has held a consistently counter conservative record when it comes to upholding the Second Amendment. liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment requiring guns be sold with trigger locks in 1999[2] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment expanding background checks on private sales in 1999[3]  liberal position
  • Voted to regulate the sale of firearms over the internet in 1999[4] liberal position
  • In 2004, McCain voted for a bill that renewed the assault weapons ban.  It also contained mandatory trigger locks, prohibiting the sale of any firearm not equipped with approved safety devices[5],[6].  He supported a similar amendment in 2005[7].  liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment limiting gun sales without trigger locks in 2004[8] liberal position
  • Voted against a 10-year extension of the assault weapons ban in 2004[9] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment blocking the usage of the PATRIOT Act to access firearms records of law abiding citizens in 2011[10] liberal position
  • In 2013, McCain was part of a minority group of Republicans who voted for the procedural motion to proceed with a bill that was designed to implement gun control[11] and the Toomey-Manchin amendment that expanded mandatory background checks.[12] liberal position
  • Voted to advance the nomination of anti-Second Amendment ATF Director B. Todd Jones in 2013[13]  liberal position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=102&session=1&vote=00125
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=106&session=1&vote=00122
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=106&session=1&vote=00133
[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=106&session=1&vote=00119
[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=2&vote=00030
[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=2&vote=00017
[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00207
[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=2&vote=00017
[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=2&vote=00024
[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00082
[11] http://www.heritageactionscorecard.com/votes/vote/s95-2013
[12] http://www.heritageactionscorecard.com/votes/vote/s97-2013
[13] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00196

Taxes

  • McCain has consistently voted for higher taxes throughout his time in office. 
  • In 1998, he voted in favor of a tax increase on tobacco[1] liberal position
  • Voted against President Bush’s 1990 tax increases[2] conservative position
  • McCain was one of only 4 Republicans to vote against the $150 billion in tax cuts in the FY 2001 budget targeting the marriage penalty in 2000[3] liberal position 
  • In 2001, he was the only Republican to oppose Bush’s $1.35 trillion tax cut[4].  During the same debate, he opposed an effort to further cut the capital gains tax rate[5]. liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment increasing tobacco user fees in 2007[6] conservative position
  • Voted against extending the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits in 2012[7] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment terminating certain energy tax subsidies and lowering the corporate tax rate in 2012[8] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of the “fiscal cliff" deal in 2013, which raised taxes by $630 billion and including $230 billion in new spending [9] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment creating an internet sales tax scheme[10] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of the internet sales tax[11] liberal position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=105&session=2&vote=00161

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=101&session=2&vote=00326

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=106&session=2&vote=00068

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=1&vote=00170

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=1&vote=00115

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00105

[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00022

[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00040

[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251

[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00062

[11] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00113

Trade

  • Voted against an amendment extending the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for workers who lost their jobs due to free trade in 2011[1]
  • Voted against extending the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program[2]
  • Voted against penalizing foreign countries that manipulate currency despite U.S. manipulation, with the potential to start a trade war in 2011[3]

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00149
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00150
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00156

Traditional Family Values

  • Voted against a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004[1] liberal position
  • Voted against a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2006[2] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA in 2013[3] liberal position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=2&vote=00155
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00163
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00232 

Transportation

  • Voted against the SAFETEA-LU highway spending bill in 2005[1] conservative position
  • Voted against a $550 million earmark for Amtrak in 2006[2] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of repealing subsidized airline tickets to sparsely populated airports, the Essential Air Service Program, in 2011[3] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment limiting highway trust fund spending to gas tax receipts in 2011[4] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of temporarily extending federal highway spending above its gas tax revenue source outlined in the ‘Ryan Plan’ House budget in 2011[5] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment returning transportation spending authority to states in 2012[6] conservative position
  • Voted against temporarily extending federal highway spending above its gas tax revenue source in 2012[7] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment dramatically reducing the federal gas tax and returning transportation authority back to the states in 2014[8] conservative position
  • Voted against a $10.8 billion highway trust fund bailout in 2014[9] conservative position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00220
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00052
[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00021
[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00136
[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00138
[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00036
[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00048
[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00246
[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00248

Welfare

  • Voted in favor of providing states with the flexibility to save money on runaway food stamps spending, SNAP in 2012[1] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment replacing the food stamp program with state block grants in 2013[2] conservative position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00120
[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00132