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Tom McClintock has been a disaster for the residents of California Congressional District 4. Here is an expanded list of his failures to act in the best interests of the district.

  • McClintock voted for the tax giveaway that is exploding the national debt and will force cuts to Social Security, Medicare and education.  Despite a career as a professed debt hawk, in 2017 McClintock voted for the cut in federal taxes which, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will add nearly two trillion dollars to our nation’s debt in ten years. McClintock then said on the House floor, “Concerns over the deficit are legitimate and must be addressed by spending reforms this coming year,” code for what independent experts say almost certainly will mean cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
  • McClintock is a rubber stamp for Trump.  McClintock has voted with Trump 90% of the time and provides no independent check against the administration.
  • McClintock voted to deny medical coverage for district residents with pre-existing conditions. In an interview from last year, McClintock called pre-existing health issues “nuisance conditions” that didn’t need to be protected by law; he later voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would have kicked 300,000 residents of the 4th district off their health plans for having pre-existing conditions.
  • McClintock voted against rural internet and funding for local jobs.  Fast, reliable internet access is vital to today’s economy and the education of our children.  Unfortunately, barely half of residents in rural portions of the district have access to broadband internet. Despite this sobering fact, McClintock was one of only 11 members of the House who voted against a 2018 bill that would have improved rural broadband internet access and provided funding for rural jobs.
  • McClintock voted against help for wildfire victims.  In December 2017, McClintock voted against a supplemental spending bill to provide relief to areas struck by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as victims of the 2017 wildfires in California.  He also opposed the bipartisan budget deal Congress struck in February, which included tax relief provisions for wildfire victims and other wildfire recovery funding. Further, the Republican Tax plan he supported includes a provision limiting the deduction for losses due to wildfire – a continual threat to rural communities in CD4.
  • McClintock voted to slash clean air and water protections.  McClintock has aligned himself with corporate polluters by voting repeatedly against clean air and water protections. The League of Conservation Voters gives McClintock an abysmal 4% environmental voting record overall, and he voted with the environment 0% of the time last year. Since first running for Congress, McClintock has taken $208,300 from oil and gas interests.
  • McClintock voted against children’s health insurance and school lunches. In 2009, McClintock voted against the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization and Expansion. CHIP was passed with bipartisan support in 1997 to help children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford private insurance. In 2010, McClintock was one of 13 Republicans who voted against supporting the National School Lunch Program. The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to millions of children each school day.
  • McClintock voted to shut down the Federal government costing local businesses and jobs. McClintock voted for the 2013 government shutdown that cost our economy an estimated $24 billion dollars. Local communities surrounding national parks in the district lost millions in tourist revenue.  McClintock was unmoved by the economic pain in the district and even voted against the continuing resolution that finally ended the shutdown after 16 days.
  • McClintock is a career politician who has been a professional office-seeker since 1982.  McClintock was first elected to the California Assembly from a district in Southern California. He ultimately served 14 years in the California Assembly and 8 years in the California Senate.  Along the way he took breaks to run losing races for the US Congress, State Controller (twice), Lieutenant Governor, and Governor. McClintock has spent his entire career insisting that government can’t help people while simultaneously collecting a government paycheck.
  • McClintock doesn’t live in the district and doesn’t personally experience the challenges that residents of the district face.  It is unclear if, during his time in the State Assembly and Senate, McClintock ever lived in the communities he was paid to represent. When McClintock ran for US Congress in 2008, he promised to relocate to the Sierra Foothill district he was running to represent.  However, McClintock instead purchased a home in suburban Elk Grove, 32 miles from the closest edge of the district, which continues to be listed as his legal address.