Robert 'Bobby' Schilling's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Robert 'Bobby' Schilling
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 17
Primary March 18, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Christie; 10 Children: Terry, Aaron, Levi, Joe, Isabel, Rachel, Olivia, Sam, Sophia, Anthony
Birth Date: 01/23/1964
Birth Place: Rock Island, IL
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Bobby Schilling in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Bobby Schilling in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Illinois Elections: Q&A with Bobby Schilling. 9 October 2010. "We should promote a culture of life in America and work to reduce the incidence of abortion. I am pro-life, and I believe natural law tells us that life is sacred." (illelections.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Acceptable bigotry: prejudice against the child in the womb. 19 January 2011. "When you look at life, without life, we have nothing. A big reason that I am pro-life is that when we look at all of the doctors, all of the people who could invent something for this great Nation, I remember growing up in 1973 when this became legal, it was considered a blob of tissue. Today we pull them out by their feet first to save the life of the mother when the mother's life is in danger. And I just can't even imagine what transpires there, and sometimes don't want to. But I believe that as Americans, we need to defend life to its fullest. I believe life begins at conception and it ends at our natural death. I have talked to people who have had an abortion. The hurt goes on with women who have had abortions. I think we need to focus in on educating folks and giving them that alternative." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: Protecting Life. 22 November 2011. "Life begins at conception. Abortion takes life -- approximately 1.2 million unborn babies' lives each year in this country. The most basic rule of law tells us that it is wrong for one person to take the life of another person, no matter what stage of life they are at." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Bobby Schilling. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is to deny al Qaeda or any other terrorist group a safe haven to attack the U.S. or its allies. I support the President's decision to increase troops in Afghanistan. Success in Afghanistan is vital to our national security and it is imperative that Afghanistan emerge--similar to Iraq--as a country that can increasingly defend and govern itself. And while I support the President's decision to increase troops, I disagree with his decision to set an arbitrary timeline for withdrawal." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 14 March 2010. "I believe that Congress should not be delaying on its decision to increase or decrease troop levels in these nations. The lives and legacies of our young men and women are at stake, Congress needs to make up their mind on whether or not to pull the troops out or increase the troop levels. I would support an increase in troop levels in both countries, but primarily Afghanistan." (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Illinois Election: Q&A with Bobby Schilling. 9 October 2010. "We should not set a premature or artificially deadline for withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq. Setting such a timeline would signal to our enemies a lack of resolve in our mission and afford them costly strategic advantages in the War on Terror." (illelections.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: National Security. 23 November 2011. "We must continue to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they may be, and help those countries strengthen themselves in order to maintain peace. This will lead to the withdrawal of our troops and long term stability in these countries, the United States, and around the world." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Rep. Schilling Makes Official Trip To Afghanistan. 6 March 2011. "I am proud of the work being done by our troops in Afghanistan and I am inspired by their dedication to the mission [¦] Our troops have made great progress developing relationships with local leaders and killing or capturing terrorist cells. It is important that we do not let up in Afghanistan until the job is done." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling Statement on President's Drawdown in Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "It is of utmost importance that any drawdown of troops take place responsibly and at a strategic pace. It must take place in a manner that will not put remaining forces at risk or negate recent gains that American forces and the Afghan National Army have been able to achieve." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Bobby Schilling voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Unfortunately terrorism existed before bin Laden, and the threat of terrorism continues after him. Even as we honor this victory of justice, we must stay vigilant and unwavering in our support of our troops. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will work to ensure that they are provided with the tools and equipment they need to continue on in our larger war on terror to protect our values and freedoms." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling Named to HASC Bipartisan Defense Business Panel. 12 September 2011. "It is necessary that we work to update the defense industry to reflect our current budget restraints [¦] At a time when we are borrowing 42 cents on the dollar, we must work to enable the private sector to become more easily involved in the defense industry and promote its growth." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. 16 May 2012. "I rise today in support of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. This bill shows our support for our troops and allows them to continue their mission in defending our country. We are facing difficult fiscal choices, but we must not penalize our brave men and women who are in harm's way [¦] I look forward to continuing my work on the House Armed Services Committee with my colleagues to ensure that our organic base is ready and able to respond when our warfighters need them." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling Urges Senate Action to Save Illinois Jobs, Preserve National Security. 27 June 2012. "Although national defense accounts for 20 percent of our spending, after sequestration it will have suffered more than 50 percent of the spending cuts. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says this is "their share of the burden,' but I disagree. Our military and their families have borne their fair share.Sequestration will mean fewer personnel and therefore longer and more frequent deployments; antiquated technology on the battlefield; and permanent loss of critical civilian expertise on our assembly lines, in our labs, and on our testing ranges at facilities like the Rock Island Arsenal, all of which pose a serious threat to our nation's defense.The House of Representatives has offered a plan to avoid these devastating cuts to our national defense. But the House cannot do it alone. It is time for the Senate -- especially the leadership of the Senate -- to step up. I remember how long it took President Reagan to rebuild our military after the post-Vietnam cuts. I urge those who care about the future of the Rock Island Arsenal, our region's remarkable defense manufacturing capabilities, and our national defense to speak up and make your voices heard. These cuts are avoidable, but only if our leaders put partisan politics aside, come together, and do the job they were elected to do for our community, our state, and the security of our great nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Warren. Weekly Standard: Do They Have the Votes? 1 August 2011. "We've got to make sure that we don't put our war fighters back too far to where they can't defend themselves. If there's some wasteful spending there, don't get me wrong, that needs to be cut. But solely honing in on the Department of Defense to find cuts, Schilling said, isn't the way to go." (www.weeklystandard.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Bobby Schilling voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Bobby Schilling signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Bobby Schilling, pledge to the taxpayers of the 17th district 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)

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  • Bobby Schilling. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 14 March 2010. "I did not support the bailouts in any aspect." (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "I would have voted against the stimulus as well: not because I reject the idea that government does not have a responsibility to stimulate the economy and not because I don't believe that government cannot stimulate the economy. Rather, my complaint is that this stimulus was not particularly effective, in no small part because Congress and the administration conflated legitimate stimulus programs with their attempt to radically transform the economy. Keynes warned Roosevelt that stimulus and reform should be distinct or neither will benefit the economy in the long run, and his dictum still holds." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Rep. Schilling Reacts to State of the Union Address. 25 January 2011. "We've already seen that reckless spending doesn't create jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling: "Stimulus Hasn't Put Illinois to Work". 29 August 2010. "It's been 18 months since the passage of the stimulus, and we're still waiting for these new jobs...Actually, we've lost more jobs. We spent $787 billion our country couldn't afford on a bill that made a bad economic situation worse. People are starting to realize that raising taxes and spending excessively is not the way out of a recession. It's time for representation that will do what it takes to bring jobs to the 17th District. I will fight for low taxes, for fiscal responsibility, and for the needs of the people of this district." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Video: CCC Part 6 (What is the #1 problem in America, education). 7 October 2010. "The government can really create one thing here in Illinois and across the country is, they can create an environment that make[s] it to where people want to expand their business. You know of course they can create some tax payer funded jobs, things like that, but what we need to do is focus more on the private sector and get people back to work." (youtu.be)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling to Hare: 131,000 Jobs Lost Is Not Emerging From Crisis. 9 August 2010. "The policies that Congress has promoted simply haven't worked. It's been 18 months since the stimulus package was passed, and we have yet to see any results from it. These people don't know how to create jobs or stimulate an economy. It's time to get people back to work, yet Congress continues to promote policies that are causing people to be laid off." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling: "Rep. Hare Supports Policies That Cause Outsourcing". 10 September 2010. "We must work to keep jobs here in the United States by keeping taxes low and providing incentives for businesses to expand and hire new people." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling Laments June Jobs Report. 2 July 2010. "We need to work to get the private sector hiring again through tax cuts, employment incentives and responsible government." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Bobby Schilling. Washington Post: Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.). "Schilling is mostly in favor of the Obama administration's education efforts, especially supporting vouchers, an emphasis on teacher accountability and the Race to the Top fund." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 14 March 2010. Responded: "The number one thing that we need to do, in order to ensure that our students succeed, is make sure that they get the funding that they need. Without proper funding, schools are doomed to failure. Giving schools the proper funds will allow them a better chance at creating a productive learning environment. This could mean better books, updated classrooms or even smaller class sizes and more teachers" to the question: "The Obama administration has committed $4.35 billion for education reform through its Race to the Top program. It's not clear yet if Illinois will qualify for this money. Please give us your views on how to improve public education in the U.S. and in this state. Do you support performance pay for teachers? Charter schools?" (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: Education 25 November 2011. "Parents must take responsibility for their children's education and lawmakers must take a step back from creating more regulations that make it harder for teachers to teach. Teaching students takes place at the local level, and that is where decisions regarding instruction and funding need to be made." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Bobby Schilling. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Bobby Schilling. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Moll. Central Illinois Proud: 17th District Candidate: Gun Control. 3 October 2012. "As we count down to election day in November, we're looking at where local candidates stand on the issues. In the race for the 17th Congressional District seat Democrat Cheri Bustos faces Republican Incumbent Bobby Schilling. We asked both candidates if we need stricter gun control laws in the U.S. to prevent situations like that in Aurora, Colorado." [¦] "What we need to do is to enforce the laws that are already on the books. You know, I believe in conceal and carry. I believe that the constitution of the United States of America is very clear. It says the right to keep and bear arms, and if you look at the definition of bear, it means on your person. So, I think if we enforce the current laws, that should take care of the problems that we're having." (centralillinoisproud.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling Praises Supreme Court 2nd Amendment Ruling. 29 June 2010. "It has been proven that areas that restrict 2nd amendment rights of law abiding citizens have many more cases of violent crimes. Criminals are less likely to commit violent crimes if they know the person they are robbing might be armed." (www.votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Bobby Schilling in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Letter to Governor Quinn, Attorney General Madigan, Speaker Madigan, Representative Cross, Senators Cullerton and Radogno. 30 August 2011. "Self defenses is a fundamental right, and the Supreme court has recognized that in two recent rulings. In District of Colombia v Heller (2008) the Supreme Court rules that the Second Amendment guarantees and individuals right to possess a firearm. In McDonald v Chicago (2010), they rules that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self defense in one's home is fully applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. We agree with the Supreme Court and believe that the citizens of Illinois deserve to have the same protections afforded tot hem as the citizens of the other 49 states." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Bobby Schilling. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: Immigration. 23 November 2011. "Our nation's immigration laws must be respected and enforced. We must secure our borders to ensure illegal immigrants do not enter this country, we must not reward people who do enter illegally, and we must work with our neighbors on border law enforcement and to promote economic opportunity in their countries, in order to prevent illegal immigration for economic reasons. People who are here illegally, but otherwise have obeyed our laws, should be given the opportunity to return to their country of origin, with the option of applying for legal entry into the U.S. This is a matter of preserving our national security, protecting federal, state, and local budgets; and reducing stress on our country's job markets. I will not support any bill that contains amnesty." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Washington Post: Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.). "Schilling believes in securing U.S. borders, in partnership with neighboring nations, and not rewarding people who enter the country illegally. He thinks immigrants who have entered illegally should be given the opportunity to return to their country of origin, with the option of applying for legal entry into the U.S." (www.washingtonpost.com)

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  • Bobby Schilling. Illinois Elections: Q&A with Bobby Schilling. 9 October 2010. "I believe and support a traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman, and I support the federal marriage amendment." (illelections.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Bobby Schilling in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: National Security. "The government's greatest responsibility is to protect its citizens. Our military must continue to have superior training and equipment, and our civilian leadership must be as committed to our security as our soldiers are. We must continue to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they may be, and help those countries strengthen themselves in order to maintain peace. This will lead to the withdrawal of our troops and long term stability in these countries, the United States, and around the world." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bobby Schilling. Illinois Elections: Q&A with Bobby Schilling. 9 October 2010. "I do not support raising the retirement age, lowering benefits for seniors, increasing payroll taxes or privatizing the Social Security Trust Fund." (illelections.com)

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