Washington Reformer

Congressman McCaul proudly carries a 96% conservative voting record, determined by the American Conservative Union for consistently voting to stand up for conservative principles.  He believes Washington needs to be refomed and has shown he is not afraid to take unpopular stands on behalf of the American taxpayer. 

During our nation's economic recession, McCaul showed fiscal restraint and stood his ground when President Bush asked him to support the Wall Street Bailout.  McCaul's voting record during the recession includes:

  • Voted against the $700 billion Bailout
  • Voted against the $787 billion Stimulus
  • Voted against the Omnibus
  • Voted against the $3.6 Trillion Budget
  • Voted against the Cap & Trade (National Energy Tax)
  • Voted against the Government Takeover of Healthcare
  • Voted against Increasing the Debt Ceiling 


No Earmarks
At the beginning of 2008, as it became clear that too little was being done to hold Washington's biggest pork spenders accountable to the People, McCaul stopped requesting earmarks until the system is made 100% transparent as to the sponsor and recipient and subject to an up or down vote in the House. Until that happens, McCaul continues to ask his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join him and not take part in the system.  

"I was elected to exercise common sense judgment on issues to which the average American feels Washington has become completely self-serving and tone-deaf."

 - Michael McCaul

No 'Monuments to Me'
McCaul believes funding projects named for a sitting member of Congress is the height of hypocrisy.   Therefore, McCaul was successful in banning funding of certain projects bearing members' names and continues to pursue expanding the ban.

 

Citizens Against Government Waste praises Rep. McCaul's success: "In a small, yet important victory, the House passed Rep. Michael McCaul's (R - Texas) amendment to the fiscal year 2009 Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act to bar funding for projects named for individuals currently serving as a House member, delegate, resident commissioner or senator. This amendment set a precedent for future appropriations spending..."

"It is a problem of perception that these projects receive special treatment because of the names they bear. When the American people see this it feeds the belief that members of Congress are arrogant and out of touch with the people we represent." 

 - Michael McCaul