Debbie Lesko

Debbie Lesko

  • R-AZ, 8th District2018 – present
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Score (Avg: 94%)

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2018: 115th Congress 94%

  • 10: On Passage: Indirect Auto Lending CRA Resolution of Disapproval, S.J.Res. 57Yea

    Key Vote 10: On Passage: Indirect Auto Lending CRA Resolution of Disapproval, S.J.Res. 57

    The passage of this CRA would do nothing to change the prohibition against discrimination in the Equal Credit Opportunity Act that the guidance cites. It would simply roll back the gross regulatory overreach of the CFPB in claiming for itself -- behind closed doors and a screen of smoke -- a power that Congress, in the law that created the CFPB, explicitly banned the CFPB from having. As Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) said prior to the Senate vote, the CFPB “had to work its magic to find a way to regulate auto dealers.” Good governing is done through accountable and transparent processes, not magic.

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  • 11: On Agreeing to the Amendment: Foxx Sugar Modernization to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2 Yea

    Key Vote 11: On Agreeing to the Amendment: Foxx Sugar Modernization to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2

    Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) and a group of nine other bipartisan legislators, this amendment reforms U.S. sugar policy. Raw sugar in the U.S. currently costs 84 percent more than it does on the world market. This is because of almost Soviet levels of government controls placed on the domestic sugar market that limits imports and production. This increases prices on consumers and makes it difficult for candy companies to maintain operations in America. The sugar modernization amendment is a long overdue reversal of this disturbing, protectionist trend.

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  • 12: On Agreeing to the Amendment: McClintock Phase Out of Agriculture Subsidies in the Farm Bill, H.R. 2Yea

    Key Vote 12: On Agreeing to the Amendment: McClintock Phase Out of Agriculture Subsidies in the Farm Bill, H.R. 2

    Sponsored by Rep. Tom McClintock, this amendment would phase out agricultural subsidies over a ten to twelve year period. A large portion of the agricultural community currently exists with minimal or no subsidies. The subsidies that do exist are wasteful, and prop up the top farms, and people who aren’t actually farmers. This proposal is a big step towards getting our agriculture policy in line with the free market, and towards a more fiscally responsible government.

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  • 13: On Agreeing to the Amendment: Massie Raw Milk Freedom to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2Yea

    Key Vote 13: On Agreeing to the Amendment: Massie Raw Milk Freedom to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2

    Sponsored by Reps. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), and Jared Polis (D-Colo.), this amendment prevents federal officials from interfering with the sales and transportation of unpasteurized milk across state lines. This ensures that nothing will get in the way of people who want fresh, unpasteurized milk, and those farmers who want to sell it to them.

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  • 14: On Agreeing to the Amendment: Banks WOTUS Repeal to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2Yea

    Key Vote 14: On Agreeing to the Amendment: Banks WOTUS Repeal to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2

    Sponsored by Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), and a coalition of over a dozen other lawmakers, this amendment repeals the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Rule, which loosely defines “waters of the United States.” This rule violated private citizens’ property rights by giving the EPA authority to regulate waterways as small as a ditch in someone’s backyard. Repeal of this rule would be a victory for individual liberty.

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  • 15: On Passage: Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act, S. 204Yea

    Key Vote 15: On Passage: Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act, S. 204

    This bill would allow terminally ill patients to have access to potentially life-saving drugs when no other alternatives exist. It would ensure Americans, currently hampered by the bureaucracy of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have the most fundamental right of all: to fight to save their own lives.

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  • 16: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass: FIRST STEP Act, H.R. 5682Yea

    Key Vote 16: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass: FIRST STEP Act, H.R. 5682

    The FIRST STEP Act would provide a modest incentive structure to eligible prisoners to earn time credits for successfully completing this programming and showing concrete progress toward reducing their risk of recidivism. Prison reform, and criminal justice reform more broadly, have been tried and proven effective at the state level since the “war on drugs” laws of the 1990s have proven ineffective. The lower recidivism rates resulting from these policies enhance public safety, while simultaneously saving taxpayer dollars and returning dignity and sense of worth to all Americans. This movement has been largely led by traditionally conservative states with similarly conservative governors, such as Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina and in more recent years Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kentucky. The FIRST STEP Act brings many of these reforms to the federal level with the goal of reducing recidivism and enhancing public safety.

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  • 17: On Passage: Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, S. 2155Yea

    Key Vote 17: On Passage: Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, S. 2155

    The bill would provide targeted relief in the banking industry from onerous regulatory overreach into the financial sector created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly known as “Dodd-Frank.” Having passed the Senate already, passage in the House would send the bill directly to President Trump’s desk to provide regulatory relief from this onerous law, affecting millions of Americans.

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  • 18: On Agreeing to the Amendment: McKinley Dinnerware Sourcing to the NDAA, H.R. 5515Nay

    Key Vote 18: On Agreeing to the Amendment: McKinley Dinnerware Sourcing to the NDAA, H.R. 5515

    Sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-W.V.), this amendment would create a domestic sourcing requirement for dinnerware products. This is a protectionist amendment that would increase costs of dinnerware, therefore taking money out of the pockets of taxpayers. Sourcing requirements such as these should be used only in the most dire circumstances. Dinnerware does not meet that threshold.

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  • 19: On Agreeing to the Amendment: Tenney Flatware Sourcing to the NDAA, H.R. 5515Nay

    Key Vote 19: On Agreeing to the Amendment: Tenney Flatware Sourcing to the NDAA, H.R. 5515

    Sponsored by Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), this amendment would create a domestic sourcing requirement for flatware. Like the Mckinley Amendment, this protectionist amendment would cost taxpayers additional money for products that are not vital to national security.

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  • 20: On Passage: Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, H.R. 3Yea

    Key Vote 20: On Passage: Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, H.R. 3

    Approving this initial $15 billion rescissions request in full -- pulling back funds sitting in useless accounts that can only otherwise be used to spend more in the future -- is a task that conservatives in Congress should wholeheartedly endorse. It is one of few opportunities to exercise any semblance of fiscal discipline. It is only one small step towards actually tackling Washington’s out-of-control spending addiction, but it represents a chance to begin this fight.

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  • 21: On Agreeing to the Norman Amendment to H.R. 5895Yea

    Key Vote 21: On Agreeing to the Norman Amendment to H.R. 5895

    Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), this amendment would reduce the total amount of appropriations made available by $1.5 billion to match the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. Increasingly high spending levels appropriated by Congress year after year have buried our country in unsustainable debt. This amendment would realize the fact that our country needs to spend less and certainly cannot afford to spend any more than it did in fiscal year 2018.

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  • 22: On Agreeing to the Blackburn Amendment to H.R. 5895Yea

    Key Vote 22: On Agreeing to the Blackburn Amendment to H.R. 5895

    Sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), this amendment would provide for a one percent across the board cut to the discretionary spending levels in Division A of the bill.

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  • 23: On Agreeing to the Gosar Amendment to H.R. 5895Yea

    Key Vote 23: On Agreeing to the Gosar Amendment to H.R. 5895

    Sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), this amendment would eliminate funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), as requested in President Trump’s budget proposal both this year and last year. As the administration has explained, ARPA-E overlaps with research and development being carried out that should be done by the private sector and is therefore not only unnecessary, but wasteful.

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  • 24: On Passage: Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act, H.R. 2851Yea

    Key Vote 24: On Passage: Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act, H.R. 2851

    The bill overcriminalizes drug offenses by broadly expanding penalties for drug offenses and also concerningly concentrates unilateral power in the Department of Justice, with little congressional oversight. As has been evidenced by decades of “war on drugs” policies, it is clear that steep penalties do not deter drug use. People who use drugs continue to do so because they have become addicted to the chemicals in them. Introducing lengthy sentences for drug users and low-level dealers will not solve this addiction problem.

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  • 25: Signers to the Discharge Petition for H.Res. 873Nay

    Key Vote 25: Signers to the Discharge Petition for H.Res. 873

    If passed, this petition would pave the way for the return of the Obama administration’s heavy-handed Internet regulations, which were overturned by the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. FreedomWorks will key vote the signers of this petition, treating signatures as an anti-freedom position for the purposes of our 2018 Congressional Scorecard.

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