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22nd District: Rep. Devin Nunes and Andrew Janz

California’s 22nd Congressional District is seen as a safe seat for Republicans, even though there’s been more of a push this year from a Democratic challenger who’s pulled in millions in donations. Republicans have a nine-point voter registration advantage, and the district within Fresno and Tulare counties went for President Trump by 10 percentage points in 2016.

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But its seven-term incumbent, Rep. Devin Nunes of Tulare — chairman of the House Intelligence Committee — has faced criticism for his handling of the investigation into Russian meddling in the election and the Trump campaign’s ties with Moscow.

Fresno County prosecutor Andrew Janz, who has drawn praise from locals for his moderate positions on gun control and immigration, is trying to unseat Nunes.

Although Nunes’ support for Trump helped Janz raise a record-setting $4.3 million last quarter, the incumbent holds a eight-point lead in the district, according to a recent poll from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.

District voters are most concerned about water, the economy, taxes and healthcare, according to the IGS poll.

Devin Nunes
Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talk during the House Intelligence Committee hearing on "China's Threat to American Government and Private Sector Research and Innovation Leadership" on July 19. (Bill Clark / CQ-Roll Call,Inc.)
Andrew Janz
Fresno County prosecutor Andrew Janz contemplates discussion on a case in court, Friday morning, Aug. 16, 2018. (John Walker / Fresno Bee)
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), left, and Democratic challenger Andrew Janz. (Bill Clark / CQ-Roll Call; John Walker / Fresno Bee)

Water policy

Nunes

  • Proposes returning pumps to normal operations, fixing the San Joaquin River Settlement, and expediting new water projects.
  • Opposed efforts by the California State Water Resources Control Board to increase unimpaired water flow requirements on the San Joaquin River.
  • Claimed "extreme environmentalists" in California are responsible for the water crisis.
  • "The Valley should be getting a 100% allocation," Nunes wrote on his blog.

Janz

  • Wants to increase above- and below-ground storage in the Central Valley.
  • Proposed raising the Shasta Dam and returning pumps to normal operations, in an interview with Valley Public Radio.
  • Said he will seek federal funds for projects such as the Temperance Flat Dam and other water and transportation projects in the Central Valley.
  • Said he's willing to work with President Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency to obtain the funds necessary to help farmers.
Well water is pumped from the ground in April 2015 in Tulare during the drought.
Well water is pumped from the ground in April 2015 in Tulare during the drought. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Taxes

Nunes

  • Voted for the 2017 tax plan.
  • "If you make under $250,000, which is almost everybody in the San Joaquin Valley, the code’s going to be much more simplified, and you’re going to have a lot more money in your pocket," Nunes told the Fresno Bee.
  • Asked if he was worried the tax cuts would add to the budget deficit, he told the Bee, “the healthcare problem,” including Medi-Cal and Medicare, needs to be fixed. “That’s the driver of our budget deficit.”

Janz

  • Criticized the 2017 tax bill in an interview with the Fresno Bee, saying the removal of the health insurance requirement will cause premiums to rise.
  • Calls for reducing taxes on families and small businesses and simplifying tax filing. Says corporations must pay their "fair share" of taxes.

Proposition 6

Janz is among the Democrats who support the repeal of the recent increase in California's gas tax. “The gas tax is particularly bad for Valley families. Andrew believes we can get a better deal," Janz's spokeswoman told the Hill. Nunes also opposes the gas tax increase: He has donated to the Yes on Proposition 6 campaign and run ads in favor of it.

Russia Investigation

Nunes

  • The congressman has been a harsh critic of the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump campaign links to Moscow.
  • Nunes was recorded at a private fundraiser talking about the Mueller probe: “If [Atty. Gen. Jeff] Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones. Which is really the danger. … We have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.”

Janz

  • "Traditionally, the prosecution of crimes has been a nonpartisan activity, so I'm really disappointed to see my opponent and the Trump White House attacking federal law enforcement agencies and officials. It really undermines our criminal justice system, which is a cornerstone of our democracy,"Janz told USA Today

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act hold up signs outside the Supreme Court in June 2015.
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act hold up signs outside the Supreme Court in June 2015. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

Healthcare

Nunes

  • Voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and supported the Republican American Health Care Act, which a Congressional Budget Office report said would undermine coverage for people with preexisting conditions.
  • Says he favors free-market healthcare reforms and that Medicaid is "broken."

Janz

  • Is opposed to any cuts to Medicare.
  • Wants to improve "flaws in the design" of the Affordable Care Act and address what he calls a pharmaceutical monopoly over prescription drug pricing.

Climate change

Nunes

  • Nunes scoffs at the scientific consensus that climate change is human drive and a threat.
  • “Global warming is nonsense," Nunes said in the New York Times
  • “I mean no offense to the global warming prophets of doom, but I welcome more offshore energy exploration and want to see it move ahead quickly,” Nunes wrote in a blog post on his House website.

Janz

  • “We’re already experiencing the effects of climate change in the Central Valley and around the world. Protecting the environment and ensuring clean air and water are priority issues in my campaign. Climate change threatens our snowpack, which is the best type of water storage for our Valley farms. We can’t afford a member of Congress who ignores the threat of climate change," Janz wrote on his website.
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