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Robert 'Rob' Woodall

Rob Woodall's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Robert 'Rob' Woodall
Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 7, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 7
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 02/11/1970
Birth Place: Athens, GA
Home City: Lawrenceville, GA
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Rob Woodall voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Issues Statement on H.R. 3. 4 May 2011. "For over 30 years, a variety of policies have regulated federal funding of abortions, but thanks to this bipartisan comprehensive bill, American taxpayer dollars will no longer fund the abortion industry. I am committed to defending the defenseless and protecting the lives of precious, unborn children. During this economic crisis when the federal government is borrowing forty-two cents of every dollar it spends, surely we can agree as a nation that abortions are not a national priority requiring this borrowing. Although our fight against abortion is by no means over, H.R. 3 is a huge step in the right direction, ensuring that no American is forced to fund the abortion industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Abortion. 21 October 2011. "I am strongly pro-life [¦] Those of us who are pro-life must stand together at the family level, the church level, the community level, the state level and more to nurture and love these children as they come into this world. A nation that has created an industry for supporting the destruction of unborn human babies yet jails its citizens for the destruction of the eggs of a bald eagle or a loggerhead turtle is a nation that has clearly lost its way." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Rob Woodall voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Issues Statement on President's Speech on Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "Our military has been engaged in Afghanistan for nearly ten years, and we had great success in defeating al-Qaeda and bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. Yesterday, the President announced his decision to withdraw of 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by year's end. Where is the President taking America in Afghanistan? If America's work is finished there, let's declare victory and bring everyone home. If our work is not finished in Afghanistan, then let's define our goal, fund that mission, and see it through to conclusion. Tell me, Mr. President: How does this partial withdrawal make the American homeland safer? [¦] I need those answers from President Obama, for I fear that this half-hearted withdrawal is taking America down the familiar path of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. May God bless our troops." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Statement on 10th Anniversary of U.S. Troop Occupation in Afghanistan. 7 October 2011. "Many in America question our continued presence in Afghanistan, and I share their concerns, especially in light of the high price we ask from our troops. America and our NATO allies cannot pull the weight of Afghanistan for the Afghans forever, they must rise up and take full responsibility for their country's future themselves. That said, I strongly applaud our military and all it is doing to help the Afghan people live as free and as prosperous as we do in the United States. After all, freedom is not a uniquely American ideal, but a right bestowed upon all men by God." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Rob Woodall voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Gwinnett Daily Post - Woodall reflects on Middle East. 15 June 2011. "(The troops) can see the progress that has been made, and they just want to get the ball over the finish line. When that happens, we'll be able to pull out those troops and not leave a country in shambles." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Homeland Security and National Defense. 21 October 2011. "Our enemy is highly mobile and capable of re-inventing itself and its modes of terror, whether it be through potential threats to our transportation infrastructure, contamination of our drinking water and food systems, or bacterial pathogens introduced into the population. We are certainly more prepared to address certain forms of terrorism than we were nine years ago, but the danger remains in other areas, and that is why democracy promotion throughout the world and our continued presence in Afghanistan are necessary features of our fight to rid the world of terrorism. I strongly believe that General Petraeus will prove to be the positive guiding force that will lead us and the Afghani people toward victory in our fight on the Afghan front of the Global War on Terrorism. I greatly admire his leadership and resolve, and I will work hard to support him as he makes the tough decisions necessary to win this war. His leadership during President Bush's troop surge in Iraq brought victory, and I pray that his leadership during President Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan will bring the same." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 1 January 2011. "Some voices in Congress have long supported a dramatic decrease in our military spending as a means of moving the United States away from our role as a world superpower and into a lesser, more complementary role supporting a military on par with other Western nations, especially those in the European Union. I could not disagree more. At a time when terrorist nations and those whom they support are actively seeking to end our way of life, our national defense is as important as it has ever been [¦] That said, there are ways we can make better use of our defense budget, and I am in favor of using Congress' oversight role to look into the process by which the Pentagon procures its weapons systems and other goods and services. We must also take a look at how some in Congress have come to use the Pentagon budget as a way of channeling money into their districts through unwanted and wasteful projects. Simply reforming these two areas of the defense budget can net large savings without undermining our military needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 7 August 2012. "We have asked so much--and continue to ask more--of our men and women in uniform, and we must ensure that they have the equipment, training, and other resources they need to accomplish their missions. That said, there are ways we can make better use of our defense budget, and I am in favor of using Congress' oversight role to look into the process by which the Pentagon procures its weapons systems and other goods and services. We must also take a look at how some in Congress have come to use the Pentagon budget as a way of channeling money into their districts through unwanted and wasteful projects. Simply reforming these two areas of the defense budget can net large savings without undermining our military needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Rob Woodall voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Rob Woodall voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act. 18 May 2012. "I believe there is waste and fraud and abuse in the Defense Department, and I stand here willing to work with you to eradicate it all. I supported Ranking Member Van Hollen's amendment to put Defense on the table. The budget that this House passed--the only budget that's passed in all of Washington, D.C.--reduced defense spending by $300 billion in recognition of exactly that [¦] This bill does nothing to change that. There is $300 billion being reduced from the Defense Department, as well it should. It's not easy, but it should happen, and it is happening. This isn't dealing with that. This is dealing with even additional cuts. Again, in the words of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, a former Democratic Member of this House: The impact of these cuts would be devastating for the Department." (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

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  • Rob Woodall. The Hill - Congress Must Embrace Budget Challenges. 14 February 2011. "Some of my colleagues have likened Washington's mess to being a 'revenue problem' or the notion that if taxes are raised, deficits will be brought under control. As reflected in the bi-partisan tax agreement with President Obama, the Bush-era tax cuts were permitted to remain because the last thing our recovering economy and the American people need is more taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Facebook: Wall. 23 April 2012. "Help me keep the conversation going this election season. The tax reform iron is heating up, and we need to be certain that the FairTax is at the forefront of that conversation." (www.facebook.com)
  • Rob Woodall. The FairTax: A Bold Solution for a Better America. 17 April 2012. "H.R. 25, The FairTax, would repeal all federal corporate and personal income taxes, and replace them with a revenue-neutral personal consumption tax [¦] Seventy percent of our income tax revenue comes from the top ten percent of earners. Nearly half the nation paid nothing in income tax, and in fact millions received a check instead. The President's solution to this issue is to continue his politics of division by promoting this so-called "Buffett Rule'--a bill that will pay for less than 0.1 percent of the $4.7 trillion he proposes to spend in his 2013 budget proposal." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Federal Budget. 21 October 2011. "As your representative, I will watch out for your money. I will support fiscally responsible spending and common sense. I will not support new entitlements and I will hold the Federal Reserve accountable to Congress and to the American people. I will support lower taxes and smaller government. Each of my decisions about taxes and spending will be based on what denies the government any more of your hard-earned money and what prevents our government from mortgaging America's future." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: The FairTax. 1 January 2011. "By far, the piece of legislation that I am most passionate about is H.R. 25, the FairTax [¦] The FairTax really is the only system that shows Americans clearly and concisely exactly how much money they are sending to the Federal government: 23% on every purchase of new goods and services. It is the only proposal to completely eliminate all loopholes, exceptions, and exemptions so that all Americans know their neighbor has just as much skin in the game as they do." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. We Can All Agree on the Need for Jobs. 5 October 2011. "We don't need another stimulus bill. We don't need to spend more taxpayer money. And by `taxpayer money,' I mean, as the gentleman from Massachusetts said earlier, money we're borrowing from China to spend on stimulus programs. We can do it simply by undoing those rules and regulations that we've passed already in this House, Madam Speaker." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. We Can Do More with Less Government. 7 September 2010. "We must be vigilant against this instinctive overreaching of government every day, but during challenging economic times like these, we must be even stronger. Government cannot solve everyone's problems, and when it tries, the infallible law of unintended consequences inevitably dictates the outcome. Yesterday, President Obama announced yet another program to spend money that America doesn't have on another "stimulus" program. Forget that America has already thrown away hundreds of billions in borrowed money on the President's many "stimulus" ideas. Forget that another $250 billion has absolutely no chance of changing the direction of our $14 trillion economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Issues Statement on July Jobs Report. 8 August 2010. "We have higher unemployment now than when the Stimulus passed [¦] Government largesse is not the answer to our economic problems. The government cannot create wealth; it can only redistribute tax dollars and borrowed money from one citizen to another. Only motivated workers and American business can create wealth for this country; and wealth creates jobs. We must resist taking a government check and depend instead on our intelligence and fortitude." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Issues Statement on President's Joint Session Address. 8 September 2011. "The government does not create jobs; people do. The President has already implemented an $800 billion stimulus plan and over $3 trillion more in deficit spending, and yet unemployment remains at record high levels. Another $450 billion in new spending will be just as ineffective, and will in fact dig the hole deeper. If Washington simply steps out of the way, we will again begin to see the innovation and entrepreneurship for which this nation is known around the world. America's job creators do not need Washington to tell them how to succeed; they need Washington to get out of the way and give them the freedom to succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Votes to Tear Down Government "Red Tape." 26 July 2012. "The greatest economic "stimulus' Congress can provide will come in the form of bills like H.R. 4078 that strip away burdensome regulation and remove the federal foot from the throat of American job creators." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. 21 October 2011. "The Federal government doesn't create jobs. Small businesses and entrepreneurs do. The government simply gets in the way. I will work to repeal TARP, Stimulus, and all of the other misguided and wasteful Obama jobs proposals, and I will retarget this money at deficit reduction and across the board tax reductions." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Small Government. 21 October 2011. "I will work to repeal the stimulus bills and reclaim all of the stimulus dollars that have not yet been spent. Rather than being squandered on short-term, feel-good programs, these dollars are better used to pay down the crippling debt that our nation currently endures." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. We Can Do More with Less Government. 7 September 2010. "We don't need to spend $250 billion in borrowed money on a program to incentivize businesses to hire. We do need to eliminate the government mandated disincentives that encourage businesses to shrink or to leave. If manufacturers are trying to expand in America even in this tough economic time, how much more would they do if we got government out of the way? I think that we should find out! America's corporate tax rate is highest in the world, and government alone can change that. America's payroll tax is the largest tax that 80% of Americans pay, and government alone can change that. Our manufacturers want to lead the way back to prosperity. If you and I can get government out of their way, they can make it happen." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Positions and Views of Rob Woodall on Economy. 25 June 2010. "Most Americans in the private workforce continue to either operate a small business themselves or be employed by one. These businesses-not an expensive government program-are the the driver for new employment in this nation. Individuals with ideas and a focus on the bottom line are far more effective at creating jobs, wealth, and success than is the government, which is simply recycling stale policies that complicate business decisions and minimize profits. Small and nimble, these new enterprises can grow by quickly adapting to changing circumstances. As such, these businesses can weather recessionary business cycles. Unfortunately, the current Administration is adding additional business burdens with universal health care mandates, a 1000% increase in unemployment insurance premiums, and a punishing tax environment for small business. While my ultimate goal is to pass the FairTax in order to create the most vibrant business environment possible, if Congress is not going to commit to help our small businesses, the least it can do is get out of the way of their success. Small businesses need Congress to focus on a simpler tax code." (vote-ga.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Federal Government Needs to Quit Doing...and Start Undoing. 28 September 2010. "As we look to the future and work for solutions to our economic slump, I propose this as the role of government: quit doing and start undoing. America has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and this tax chases jobs out of America. We can quit throwing money at every sector we can find in an effort to grow jobs, and instead we can eliminate America's job-killing corporate income tax. The economic solution for the greatest capitalist nation on the planet does not lie in what we do, but rather in what we undo." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. 21 October 2011. "The Federal government doesn't create jobs. Small businesses and entrepreneurs do. The government simply gets in the way. I will work to repeal TARP, Stimulus, and all of the other misguided and wasteful Obama jobs proposals, and I will retarget this money at deficit reduction and across the board tax reductions. I will work to ensure that American products can compete on a level playing with foreign competition and that the Federal government removes the destructive disincentives that encourage American jobs to relocate overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Washington Watch Video Message “ 8.02.12. 2 August 2012. "HR 8 says give us one more year extending current law [¦] preventing largest tax increase in history and giving us time to work on that fundamental tax reform that you and I both know is the only thing that is gonna get our economy back on track." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Education. 21 October 2011. "I am a fierce advocate for more local control of education. The education of our children is far too important and far too expensive (it costs roughly $100,000 to put a child through school-kindergarten through grade 12) to hand off to bureaucrats in Washington, DC. Federal involvement has not led to better test scores from students, but it has certainly led to headaches for parents and teachers. Our communities and our families know best what our kids need, and I will protect our right to make these important and formative decisions. Congress must repeal ineffective education policy that consolidates decision-making in Washington,DC, and must return authority to the states and power to the the parents to choose the education system-be it public school, a home school, or other option-that is right for their child." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012. 22 September 2011. "I do not believe the Federal Government should be involved in education." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments 2011. 1 March 2011. "Let me just say to my friend, because I know he has a great passion for education, and it is a passion I very much respect, I have the great fortune of coming from the part of the world called Gwinnett County, Georgia. And Gwinnett County was the recipient of the Broad Prize for the single best urban education school district in America. We made it as a finalist 2 years ago, but last year we won. And we won in spite of Federal Government intervention--not because of it, in spite of it." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Speaks to Partnership Gwinnett at Annual Summit. 25 August 2010. "Everyone talks about economic development these days, but Partnership Gwinnett is actually working to put those words into action. Its members have skin in the game, and I am proud to support its efforts. To help Partnership Gwinnett succeed, I am working to increase local control over transportation, education and water infrastructure projects [¦] I am certain that Gwinnett School Superintendant Alvin Wilbanks knows more about educating Gwinnett's children than Washington does. I am certain that Gwinnett County Transportation Director Brian Allen knows more about what Gwinnett needs as far as transportation infrastructure than Washington does. If elected in November, my commitment as this district's Member of Congress is to move funding and decision making authority as close to home as possible, which is where our Founding Fathers intended for it to be." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2011. "Despite containing record amounts of natural gas--both onshore and offshore--of any developed nation, the United States continues to import 60 percent of its oil from the Middle East. With myriad untapped resources here at home, it is absolutely unnecessary to maintain such strong dependence on other countries. In order to reflect the energy wealth and stability that our land currently holds, we must develop our national energy portfolio." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Harvesting American Energy Resources. 5 May 2011. "Can you believe, Madam Speaker, that in a time of record-high gas prices that we have the second-largest shallow water drilling operation in the country going out of business for lack of work? For lack of work. Oil prices are headed back towards historic highs, and American drillers are going out of business for lack of work. And it's not just the company, Madam Speaker; it is each and every one of the American men and women who work on those drill rigs who are out of work because we can't get permits issued out of Washington, D.C. [¦] We have this national security need. We have men and women who want to go to work to solve that need, and we won't let the permits out of Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. has not been the solution here. Washington, D.C. has been the problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Votes to End Gulf Drilling Moratorium. 11 May 2011. "H.R. 1229 will do more than just end the Obama Administration's de facto drilling moratorium. This bill will re-open the Gulf Coast for oil exploration in a responsible and transparent manner. Last year's moratorium cost the Gulf Coast region approximately 12,000 jobs. Reopening the Gulf will start the process of bringing jobs back to that region of the United States and, in turn, spur economic growth throughout the nation. I look forward to working with my colleagues in pursuing all-of-the-above energy solutions that will increase domestic energy production, end our dependence on foreign oil, and relieve families of the heavy fuel prices at the pump." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Issues Statement on Passage of Bill to Restart Offshore Oil Drilling. 5 May 2011. "According to a report released Monday by the Energy Information Administration, the average price of gasoline is $3.96. Due in part to the President's refusal to allow drilling opportunities in the United States, American families and businesses continue to suffer from these terrible prices at the pump. I was proud to cast my vote in favor of H.R. 1230, a bill that will expand energy production and create jobs. It is ridiculous that our nation remains so dependent on foreign oil when we have such valuable untapped resources right in our backyard. I will continue to support legislation that will free us from unnecessary regulations and allow us to begin taking advantage of the resources available to us." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Rob Woodall voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. We Can Absolutely Protect Our Environment While Growing Jobs. 23 September 2011. "Congressman Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2401, the TRAIN Act, which is a bill delaying the implementation of controversial Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that would place additional emissions requirements on power plants. By the EPA's own estimates, the Utility MACT rule alone would cost more than $10 billion, making it one of the most expensive environmental regulations in the history of the agency. [Rob Woodall:] 'The bottom line is we can absolutely protect our environment while growing jobs. Now, more than ever, we need to take a close look at burdensome government regulations that cost American businesses billions of dollars and continue to stall job growth. The TRAIN Act allows us to do just that by requiring a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the EPA's major rules and regulations. The Obama Administration is giving Americans a false choice between the environment and the economy. This is not a one-or-the-other choice. We can do both. I hope that the Senate and the President will act quickly on this legislation so we can continue to protect the health of our environment while ensuring that American jobs do not needlessly move overseas.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Rob Woodall voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. 21 October 2011. "President Obama just doesn't get it. First he focused on energy taxes and "global warming" [¦] I will work to ensure that American products can compete on a level playing with foreign competition and that the Federal government removes the destructive disincentives that encourage American jobs to relocate overseas." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. "But if the Second Amendment protects my rights to carry my concealed weapon from State to State to State, I don't need another Federal law that says, yeah, I really mean it. It's already protected. If the Second Amendment doesn't protect my right to carry a concealed weapon from State to State to State, then the Ninth and 10th Amendments leave that responsibility to individuals and the States to regulate on their own [¦] I came to Congress to protect freedom [¦] I don't want the Federal Government in any issue of the law where the Constitution does not require it." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Rob Woodall in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 January 2011. "I believe it is important to preserve the power of the Constitution and the basic rights that it entails. As the U.S. Representative for the Seventh District of Georgia, I will do my part to protect citizens' basic rights to bear arms by supporting local law enforcement in their mission to stop gun violence and stop unconstitutional legislation from infringing upon the Second Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 21 October 2011. "As your representative in Congress, I will take seriously my duty to protect our Constitutional directives. I have been licensed to carry a gun since I was 22. I go to the firing range and shoot on the family farm. Folks like me--or Georgia's hunters or those who just wish to protect their home--do not need more gun laws on top of the dozens in place now. The law-abiding citizens follow these laws and the criminals do not. In Congress, I will stand up for gun owners and against further restrictions. Let's penalize those who use firearms in the commission of a crime but not those of us who use guns for recreation or sports. Let's not write more laws the bad guys will just ignore." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Participates in Televised Atlanta Press Club Debate. 11 October 2010. "There are fundamental differences between me and my opponent in this race. I support the FairTax. My opponent opposes it. I support repealing ObamaCare in its entirety. My opponent opposes repeal." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Votes to Repeal Obamacare. 13 July 2012. ""In the eighteen months that I have served in Congress, the House of Representatives has voted 30 times to repeal President Obama's health care take over. Today's [July 11] vote was repeal attempt number 31. The President and his Democrat colleagues want us to throw in the towel saying, ˜Alright, already. The Supreme Court has ruled, now it's time to move on.' The fact of the matter is, however, the Supreme Court does not have the final say"the American people do. And the U.S. House of Representatives"the representational body closest to the American people"continues to speak for the people." (robwoodall.com)
  • Rob Woodall. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Rob Woodall voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Issues Statement on ObamaCare Ruling in Florida. 31 January 2011. "Today's decision by a federal court in Florida reaffirms that ObamaCare violates the supreme law of the land. Our federal government has no place in the medical decisions of individual Americans, and I was proud to stand with my colleagues earlier this month and vote in favor of repealing this monstrosity of a bill. I will continue to work hard on behalf of the Seventh District to produce health care reform Americans can support--a viable, market-based approach that will preserve a patients' ability to keep their respective health care plans if they like them." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Appointed to House Committee on Rules. 4 January 2011. "I know that Rules will play a unique role in reforming the corrupt ways that the Democrats brought bills to a vote. With the Republicans in control and looking to pass important legislation like defunding and repealing ObamaCare, the Rules Committee will play an integral part in ensuring important bills like these come to the House Floor in a fair manner. The job will be tough, but I am ready for the challenges that I and my fellow Committee members will face." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Let's Get ObamaCare Out of Our Lives. 22 October 2010. "There are less than two weeks between now and when the citizens of this country take back their government. If you send me to Congress, you are sending someone with a principled, logical and constitutional plan to getting ObamaCare--and all of the big government policy from the past two years--out of our lives." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Issues Statement on Health Care Repeal Vote. 19 January 2011. "ObamaCare contains so much new bureaucracy that it took 2,800 pages to write. Repealing this monstrosity will only take two. The people of the Seventh District and the rest of America spoke out against the overreaching and overspending in ObamaCare when they voted in November. It is time for our leaders to show America that they are listening by voting for repeal today and begin tomorrow moving viable, market-based solutions to America's health care woes." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Small Government. 21 October 2011. "The health care bill: There are many things that we can do together to lower health care costs and improve health care quality in this country. H.R. 3400, the "Empowering Patients First Act" is one such solution. We can and must work together to do bring those bills to passage for the American people. In bringing these solutions, however, we must also repeal the government-controlled health care model that President Obama passed. We will repeal this bill and replace it with one that is driven by the doctor-patient relationship and consumer choices." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Let's Turn Back the Clocks on ObamaCare. 1 October 2010. "As I reflect on the six month anniversary of ObamaCare becoming the law of the land, over half of American voters remain opposed it. The opposition is even stronger here in Georgia, and I am among those who strongly oppose it. Therefore, I would love to promise that if I am elected to Congress, I will instantly repeal the law, but we all know that is a promise that I alone cannot keep. As long as President Obama is in the White House, any Congressional action to fully repeal ObamaCare is doomed to failure. That does not mean that we must accept the status quo, however. I pledge to work with every member of the House of Representatives, regardless of party affiliation, to immediately repeal what we can and to lay the groundwork over the next two years with the presidential election to repeal what remains." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. Woodall: President's Immigration Decree Circumvents Rule of Law. 15 June 2012. "America is a beacon of freedom in the world and it is no wonder that hundreds of thousands of people each year apply to complete the legal and proper steps to become citizens or permanent residents of this amazing land. After all, who wouldn't want to raise their family in the land of opportunity and under the rule of law? Unfortunately, President Obama's decision to cease the deportation of potentially millions of illegal immigrants and instead grant them legal work permits--while millions of legal U.S. residents remain unemployed and unable to find work--undermines both the rule of law and the economic opportunity that is America." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Positions and Views of Rob Woodall on Immigration. 17 August 2012. "The 14th Amendment was ratified in the aftermath of the Civil War to ensure that all persons who had been born into slavery on U.S. soil would become citizens of this great country and to reiterate that the Federal government could make no law abridging the rights of any citizen as guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution without due process of law. Today, however, many illegal immigrants come to this country, have children, and claim birthright U.S. citizenship for their children under the authority of the 14th Amendment. This is wrong, and it must be stopped. As such, I'm committed to supporting legislation that would clarify who is considered a natural born citizen. Former U.S. Representative Nathan Deal introduced H.R. 1868 in the U.S. House of Representatives last year. Under this bill, the only way that someone could be considered a natural born citizen is if a parent meets at least one of the following three criteria: 1) is a citizen or national of the United States, 2) is a lawful permanent resident, or 3) is an alien that is on active military duty with the U.S. Military." (vote-ga.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Illegal Immigration. 20 September 2011. "And the victim, when we turn a blind eye to illegal immigration, is the legal immigrant who does it all right because they're the victim of the animus that comes out of this debate. They're a victim of the sadness. In fact, I will tell you, the angriest people--again, I come from the Deep South. A lot of folks have a lot of stereotypes about how it is in the Deep South. But I will tell you, the angriest people in my part of the world about illegal immigration are not the ninth generation white guy; it's the legal immigrants. Somebody stopped me the other day and they said, Rob, if you ever pass an amnesty bill--which we never will do, just to be clear, never, ever going to happen, not while I'm here in Congress--give me my money back." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. Wodall Calls on Obama to Enforce the Law, Defend DOMA. 11 May 2011. "On Wednesday, March 9, 2011, Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA) signed on as a co-sponsor to H.Con. Res. 25, which is a bill calling on President Obama and his administration to respect and defend the law known as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [¦] Congressman Woodall said, 'President Obama took an oath to uphold the laws of the land. For him to refuse to enforce this law is unacceptable and an abuse of the presidency,' Woodall said. "I am proud to stand on behalf of Georgia's Seventh District in support of Congresswoman Hartzler's resolution.'" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. Issue Position: Homeland Security and National Defense. 21 October 2011. "Our enemy is highly mobile and capable of re-inventing itself and its modes of terror, whether it be through potential threats to our transportation infrastructure, contamination of our drinking water and food systems, or bacterial pathogens introduced into the population. We are certainly more prepared to address certain forms of terrorism than we were nine years ago, but the danger remains in other areas, and that is why democracy promotion throughout the world and our continued presence in Afghanistan are necessary features of our fight to rid the world of terrorism. I strongly believe that General Petraeus will prove to be the positive guiding force that will lead us and the Afghani people toward victory in our fight on the Afghan front of the Global War on Terrorism. I greatly admire his leadership and resolve, and I will work hard to support him as he makes the tough decisions necessary to win this war. His leadership during President Bush's troop surge in Iraq brought victory, and I pray that his leadership during President Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan will bring the same." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Rob Woodall. The Facts About the President's Economic Record. 17 February 2012. "Mr. Speaker, what do you think is going to happen when interest rates are no longer at their lowest level in a century? This bar is going to eclipse everything. So what can we do? I'll tell you what we can do. The money is in Medicare and Medicaid. The money is in Social Security. Mr. Speaker, I'm in my 40s, we must--we must--come to people in my age bracket and say, no more. You will not get what your parents got. You've got to say that to me. You will not receive what your parents received. You've got to say that to me. Will there be a safety net? There will. Can we provide certainty to folks that it will be there? We can. But if you talk to anybody in their 40s, Mr. Speaker, they'll tell you that they expect those programs to be long bankrupt anyway. Why? Because they are. So these are the tough decisions that we have to make: What are we going to tell the next generation? How are we going to protect these benefits from the current generation?" (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Woodall. Woodall Meets With Gwinnett Seniors. 12 August 2011. "Both sides of the aisle are committed to preserving Medicare and Social Security benefits for America's seniors, and I want that to be clear to the Seventh District's seniors: they will continue receiving the Medicare and Social Security benefits that they have spent their entire lives paying for. They deserve these benefits because they were promised these benefits years ago and this Congress will ensure that they will not lose them. That said, while preserving benefits for today's seniors, Congress must absolutely renegotiate the promises made to future generations like mine. I cannot expect to receive the same benefits that my parents and grandparents received. America simply can't afford it [¦] I am proud to have supported the House budget plan, The Path to Prosperity, which not only preserves commitments made to today's seniors, but will make sure these programs are still available for future beneficiaries as well." (woodall.house.gov)

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