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Robert Dold

Robert Dold's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Robert Dold
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 10
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 18, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Danielle; 3 Children: Harper, Bobby, Honor
Birth Date: 06/23/1969
Birth Place: Winnetka, IL
Home City: Chicago, IL
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Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Dold, Seals Spell Out Differences. 14 September 2010. ""Let me be clear, I'm pro-choice, while I may be more moderate than (Seals) is on this issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Video: Robert Dold “ Public Affairs. 8 February 2010. "Jeff Berkowitz: But in general you favor a women's right to choose? Robert Dold: Yes. JB: And so in general you wouldn't like to see roe v wade overturned, at least not completely? RD: That's correct." (www.youtube.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Robert Dold in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Social Issues. 10 November 2011. "I am pro-choice and believe that this very personal and difficult decision belongs to each individual woman. I support access to common-sense family planning and comprehensive sex education. I oppose partial-birth abortion procedures, except in cases of where the health or life of the mother is in danger. Further, I do not believe that federal taxpayer money should be used to pay for abortion procedures. Most important, I will support preventative initiatives and family planning aimed at reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies, to ultimately reduce the number of abortions. Preventing unwanted pregnancies and births while protecting the health of women should be our shared goal." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Robert Dold voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Robert Dold voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Come on, Mr. Seals. 25 October 2010. "Let's be clear. I'm pro-choice. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I don't believe that should be a decision that the government gets in between a doctor and the patient." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Robert Dold. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Robert Dold voted Did Not Vote on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: America's Safety."Afghanistan would again become an unfettered terrorist training ground capable of perpetrating gross atrocities around the world if NATO and America withdrew now. I therefore support President Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. The President must provide clear objectives to his military commanders, and follow their recommendations about how to achieve those objectives as quickly as possible. President Obama should not have publicly announced the date to begin withdrawing troops. In doing so he undermined the mission. The enemy in that region is certainly capable of going underground for a defined period of time and reemerging after our date for departure. We must set benchmarks for success instead of timelines for withdrawal." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs. 1 January 2012. "The American people have grown weary of the tremendous cost of the 11-year war in Afghanistan. While I will always support our military and ensure that our fighting forces have the resources that they need to achieve their objective, I believe that it is essential that we work with our military commanders on the ground to achieve our objectives as quickly as possible. We need to ensure that Afghanistan is never again used as a base from which to attack the U.S. homeland, but this must be matched with the reality that we cannot and should not remain fighting there forever." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Make it better: Candidate Questionnaire: Robert Dold. "I support the U.S. presence in Afghanistan and President Obama's decision to send more troops. I am encouraged that the Commander of U.S. and NATO troops, General Petraeus, has indicated that the momentum of the Taliban in several regions of the country has been reversed, and I would defer to his leadership on the appropriate military strategy on the ground." (www.makeitbetter.net)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "If the President no longer believes that the mission in Afghanistan warrants U.S. involvement, then bring our troops home." (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. Veteran Republicans Fear Tea Party, Liberal Democrats Will Unite to Cut Defense. 22 February 2011. 'Hours after Hunter's comments, the full House voted last Wednesday to strip funding for the F-35 alternate engine from a 2011 defense spending measure. Only a handful of new GOP members voted to keep funding for the controversial effort alive. More than 70 new Republicans sided with Rooney and fellow Tea Party-affiliated Reps. Tim Griffin of Arkansas and Robert Dold of Illinois to vote against the engine funding. 'Spending an astounding $2.5 billion on a program that is unwanted and unnecessary is a violation of the trust the American people have placed in their congressional representatives. This is an easy budget cut that needs to be implemented quickly,' Dold said in a statement. 'The taxpayers are fed up with their money being spent in this manner.'' (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Robert Dold voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Robert Dold voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Andrew Taylor. Washington Times: F-35 engine battle breaks out on GOP spending bill. 16 February 2011. "We have to step forward, we have to cut back on areas, and this [f-35 engine appropriations in H.R. 2219] is an area that the secretary of defense said we need to cut back on." (www.washingtontimes.com)
  • Robdert Dold. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs. 1 January 2012. "I have stated that everything must be on the table for discussion as part of our efforts to reduce the Federal debt -- and this includes defense spending. This is why I have promoted a number of efforts to identify and eliminate billions of dollars in wasteful spending in the defense budget, and why I voted for $487 billion in defense cuts as part of a larger deficit reduction package that has been signed into law." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013. 18 July 2012. " Mr. Chairman, we're focused on finding savings in every area of government spending. Without a doubt, the Defense Department has made significant and painful contributions to our efforts to reduce the debt, and I want to make sure that we recognize that. The Defense budget actually accounts for roughly 17 percent of all Federal spending, yet it has contributed over 50 percent of the deficit reduction. I do want to recognize that we're already cutting a significant amount of money, Mr. Chairman, out of the Department of Defense. We need to be looking at commonsense ways for us to be able to save money. This amendment is about promoting efficiency in the Department of Defense and achieving valued savings wherever possible. The amount of funds provided in this bill for these ships is $1 billion above the Navy's own budget request. In the spirit of seeking to achieve cost savings throughout this government, I believe it's appropriate for us to act consistent with the Navy's view of allowing the competitive bidding process to play out, which, as the Navy acquisition executive has testified, may very well allow the Navy to acquire its 10th ship at lesser amounts included in the Navy's budget request. If these bids come back and a 10th ship cannot be realized this year, I'm certainly supportive of providing additional resources next year for the 10th ship. But I do believe we should allow the Navy to operate and try to maintain at lower costs while achieving our Nation's security." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Illinois and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.." (atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. Electrical Contractors' Association Endorses Robert Dold. 14 July 2010. "The $787 billion stimulus package hasn't helped put people in the electrical construction industry back to work, because credit is still too hard to get and projects cannot move forward. Couple that with uncertainty over the health care bill and a massive tax hike scheduled for January 1, 2011, and you have a perfect storm that prevents businesses from growing and hiring...Washington must do a better job in helping small businesses grow and hire." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 11 November 2011. "The limited recovery to date has been largely subsidized by the massive spending on the part of the federal government. The stimulus and other Congressional spending have not served to address the fundamental challenges facing our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013. 28 March 2012. "We've got $15.5 trillion in debt; we borrow 42 cents of every single dollar. It's time that we put people before politics and progress before partisanship so that we can get something done. It's about providing solutions for our country so that we can come together, have a document that we can use to be able to move the country forward. We need to cut back and rein in spending. We need to be able to provide that certainty for American businesses that are out there." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. The National Debt. 22 March 2012. "Madam Speaker, our national debt now exceeds $15.5 trillion. I think it's fair to say that Washington has a spending problem. Republicans and Democrats alike have overspent over the years. In the past 4 years, Washington has spent over $5 trillion of taxpayer money that we don't have. The degree of how much this actually means to the American public, I think, is incomprehensible. Most people that I talk to just say that's a heck of a lot of money. I talk about the deficit of $1.5 trillion that we spent this last year and they say I just think it's a lot of money. It works out to be about $3.4 million a minute in deficit spending [¦] Madam Speaker, that's what we're facing. We must pass a budget that takes the step necessary to rein in the out-of-control spending that our country has today and put ourselves on a path to economic prosperity. We have no other choice." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Government Spending. 5 September 2012. "I believe we need to bring down our debt and rein in spending to put America back on a path to prosperity." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. Reps. Sanchez and Grimm Introduce Startup Act 2.0 to create U.S. Jobs and Reform High-Skilled Visa Policy. 4 June 2012. "The bill also creates tax incentives for the creation of new businesses. Research shows that startups create 3 million jobs per year, on average. In addition, over the past 30 years, companies less than five years old have created almost all the new net jobs in America.[...] The one thing we can all agree on is the need to jumpstart our economy and create jobs here at home. Startup Act 2.0 is a bipartisan, commonsense bill that will help to spur the economy and empower job creators by recognizing the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, empowering small businesses, and rethinking burdensome regulations that prevent job growth" (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Job Creation. 11 November 2011. "We need to lower taxes and make the tax code simpler. Allowing small businesses and families to keep more of the money they earn will help create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Dold Introduces Legislation to Empower Employers to Hire Unemployed Workers. 9 September 2011. "'I was pleased to hear tonight President Obama supports payroll tax relief for employers that are putting Americans back to work,' said Dold. 'I introduced H.R. 2868, a temporary payroll tax suspension, so that we can jumpstart our economy, empower businesses to hire more workers and provide an opportunity for the millions who have been searching for jobs.' [¦] Background Information: The non-partisan Congressman Budget Office has said the following about a temporary payroll tax relief bill: 'A temporary reduction in payroll taxes- especially in the share of taxes paid by employers- would also have a significant positive short-term effect on the economy. This approach would boost output and employment both by increasing demand for goods and services and by providing an incentive for additional hiring.'" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "The bi-partisan NCLB legislation had some positive results, such as encouraging schools to recognize whether some groups of students were falling through the cracks of our educational system, but it also created several critical problems. Fortunately, there appears to be new interest in both Congressional chambers and in both parties to write a new education law that will replace NCLB. I think this reauthorization will be better for 10th District children than Race to the Top, which, Like No Child Left Behind has the capacity to do some good work, but may also give too much power over our local classrooms to Washington, D.C.. I believe that any broad education law must include a rational assessment system that is aligned from pre-school through college and values individualized student growth, as opposed to the current narrowly focused testing models. It must allow greater spending flexibility for local school districts to give them more freedom to develop innovative teaching methods inside their classrooms." (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 10: Robert Dold. 11 November 2011. Responded: "I support President Obama's goal of improving education and accountability for our schools and students. However, I am wary of federal education programs that seek to impose one-size-fits-all solutions on local schools. For example, inadequate testing models in No Child Left Behind must be improved. The re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act should include growth model testing and greater flexibility at the local level [¦] I believe that parents, school districts and teachers must be the integral part of developing a locally tailored evaluation system that works best for their own community." to the question: "Please comment on the president's education agenda, specifically on the Race to the Top competition that emphasizes core national standards and tests and the use of student test data to evaluate and reward teachers" (www.suntimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Robert Dold voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Robert Dold voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Social Issues. 10 November 2011. "The right to bear arms is a Constitutional right for American citizens. I believe we must work to balance this Constitutional right with our obligation to keep our citizens and our communities safe. I support resonable restrictions and believe the gun-show loophole should be closed. We must use the technology available today to work to remove guns from the hands of criminals." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Video: Robert Dold “ Public Affairs. 8 February 2010. "Robert Dold: I believe in the 2nd amendment [¦] Jeff Berkowitz: A person has a right to self defense and you would think own a handgun in the home? RD: Absolutely, yes JB: But your not gonna cut out all gun control. You think it's right for the state and perhaps the federal government to regulate some of that? RD: I think it's critical that there's education. I myself as a scout master, I can tell you that we go through hunter safety...I think we need to have responsible gun ownership with regional restrictions. JB: And responsible gun control? RD: Responsible, sure." (www.youtube.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Robert Dold voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. Make it better: Candidate Questionnaire: Robert Dold. 11 November 2011. "I do not believe it is realistic or logical to think we can send home the 11-12 million immigrants who have come here illegally, and we need a bi-partisan effort to find solutions. The goal of reform should be to allow those individuals who want to work and pay taxes without taking public benefits the ability to work toward legal status, and to rid our country of law-breakers or those who merely want public benefits. Any reform legislation must include enhanced border security to protect American citizens, first and foremost." (www.makeitbetter.net)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 10: Robert Dold. 11 November 2011. "I support the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and woman. I believe same-sex partners should have the ability to enter into contractual agreements." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Social Issues. 10 November 2011. "I believe that marriage is between a woman and man. However, I also recognize that gay and lesbian couples have the right to have loving, committed relationships as well. Therefore, I believe that same sex couples should have the right to enter into contractual relationships." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Robert Dold in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Russell Lissau. Daily Herald: Dold, Seals differ on gay marriage. 26 October 2010. "I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. But I do believe that same-sex couples should have the right to enter into contractual relationships that would allow for the rights mentioned above." (could not find article on daily herald website). (goliath.ecnext.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. Robert Dold: Candidate Profile. 23 February 2012. "We must continue to remain vigilant against Al Qaeda, and be aware of new regions in the world where the terrorist network is growing in strength. In the summer of 2011, I joined with other Members of Congress to send a letter to Secretary Clinton, urging the U.S. Department of State to develop a strategic plan that confronts the threat of Al Qaeda's expansion in Yemen." (www.dailyherald.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 11 November 2011. "I would propose allowing a portion of Social security payments (not more that 25%) to be put into Government authorized individual retirement accounts that would be able to be passed to heirs if not used." (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Robert Dold. Glenview Patch “ Dold, Seals Divided on Economy at Glenbrook South. 23 September 2010. "I don't want to privatize Social Security; you heard it from me." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Entitlement Crisis “ Social Security and Medicare. "For younger people, we should offer options for a portion of their payroll taxes to be put into personal retirement accounts." (votesmart.org)


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