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