Representative Richard 'Rich' B. Nugent's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 11, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 11
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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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  • Rich Nugent. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Rich Nugent voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. Issue Position: Protect Our Rights. 5 July 2011. "I also received a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition. I support pro-life and pro-family legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "Just like Americans on both sides of the aisle believe that tax dollars shouldn't go to pay for abortions, so do the Members of Congress from both parties. There are 227 bipartisan cosponsors of H.R. 3. I'm proud to be one of those cosponsors." (votesmart.org)
  • Rich Nugent. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Rich Nugent voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Richard Nugent. Rep Nugent: "It Better Not Just Be Politics". 23 June 2011. "Our troops have made enormous progress securing Afghanistan, and I want to make sure that the President is listening to the commanders on the ground about the pace of withdrawals and not making decisions for political reasons." (www.nugentforcongress.com)
  • Rich Nugent. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Rich Nugent voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2219, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012. "Mr. Speaker, I had the honor and privilege of visiting Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan during the last constituent work week. While there, I got to meet many military leaders, our allies, but, most importantly, our troops on the ground. I saw with my own eyes the equipment they're working with and the environment that they're working in. I saw what they had and heard about what they needed to get their jobs done. And this legislation is vital to giving our men and women in uniform the resources they need to perform their mission and, more importantly, to get them home safely. Mr. Speaker, while I support our troops no matter where the President sends them, I also believe we need to focus on the wars we're already fighting." (votesmart.org)

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  • Rich Nugent. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Rich Nugent voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rich Nugent. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Rich Nugent voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2219, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012. "Mr. Speaker, I had the honor and privilege of visiting Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan during the last constituent work week. While there, I got to meet many military leaders, our allies, but, most importantly, our troops on the ground. I saw with my own eyes the equipment they're working with and the environment that they're working in. I saw what they had and heard about what they needed to get their jobs done. And this legislation is vital to giving our men and women in uniform the resources they need to perform their mission and, more importantly, to get them home safely. Mr. Speaker, while I support our troops no matter where the President sends them, I also believe we need to focus on the wars we're already fighting." (votesmart.org)

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  • Richard Nugent signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Richard Nugent, pledge to the taxpayers of the 11th district of the state of Florida 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." (s3.amazonaws.com)

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  • Richard Nugent. Lessons Learned. 1 August 2012. "We know now that we basically wasted over 800 billion dollars with a stimulus bill that didn't stimulate anything “ our unemployment rate nationwide is still at 9.5% and our economy is still in the midst of a recession." (www.nugentforcongress.com)
  • Richard Nugent. Issue Position: Stop Reckless Government Spending and Control Our National Debt. 5 July 2011. "I am committed to fighting against the out of control spending in Washington. Since President Obama has taken over, the national debt has skyrocketed and now each taxpayer owes more than $136,000. I brought the Balanced Budget Amendment to the House floor to stop that and led the debate on behalf of Republicans." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. Facebook: Notes-The President's Message. 27 January 2011. "I was disappointed to hear the President propose new spending. That is exactly what we can't have at this critical time for our nation. The President's use of "targeted investments" is really a call for another stimulus which of course requires massive new spending." (www.facebook.com)

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  • Richard Nugent. Give Our Families & Small Businesses Tax Relief. 6 July 2011. "I will not support any legislation that would raise taxes on hardworking Americans [¦] I will work to simplify the tax code so that all Americans can easily prepare their taxes including small businesses. Small businesses are the job creators and I will do everything in my power to encourage entrepreneurship and bring jobs to the Fifth Congressional District." (votesmart.org)

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  • Rich Nugent. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Rich Nugent voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. 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)
  • Richard Nugent. 2011. "Short Chat with Rep Richard Nugent (R-Fl-5)." 25 March 2011. 0:44-0:58. "Interviewer: Complete this sentence, Drill baby¦ Nugent: Drill. Lift the moratorium. You know what the amazing thing is even President Clinton came on and said the moratorium should be lifted." (youtu.be)

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  • Rich Nugent. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Rich Nugent voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1255 Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2011. 6 April 2011. "The Obama administration has decided to bypass Congress on the issue of greenhouse gas. Can't pass cap-and-tax? Push the greenhouse agenda on the American people another way. So now unelected bureaucrats in the EPA are trying to regulate greenhouse gases." (votesmart.org)

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  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Rich Nugent in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. Issue Position: The Second Amendment. 5 July 2011. "I strongly believe in the second amendment, and will continue to be a staunch defender of gun rights in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. Issue Position: Protect Our Rights. 5 July 2011. "I have and will continue to support the rights of Americans to own firearms." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. Blog - Supreme Court Extends Second Amendment Rights Nationwide. 29 June 2010. "I am pleased with the decision of the United States Supreme Court today in McDonald v City of Chicago. In this landmark case, the Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that the Second Amendment right 'applies equally to the federal government and the states.' The decision by the Supreme Court makes it clear that the Second Amendment, as every citizen's constitutional right, is now a real part of American constitutional law [¦] The Supreme Court has taken a huge step in ensuring that the Second Amendment applies to all law-abiding citizens equally and ensures that no law shall infringe on the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms." (www.nugentforcongress.com)

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  • Richard Nugent. Change is Never Easy, But Sure is Expensive. 30 September 2010. "I am disappointed that my opponent supports ObamaCare despite the potential harm it could have on the more than 250,000 seniors who call the district home. In congress, I will work to repeal this healthcare bill and replace it with healthcare reforms that will help, not hurt our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Rich Nugent. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Rich Nugent voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. Why I Will Vote To Repeal Obamacare. 19 January 2011. "When I made the decision to run for Congress to represent the people of the 5th District of Florida I made a commitment to work to repeal Obamacare. That is a promise I intend to keep." (www.nugentforcongress.com)
  • Richard Nugent. House Set to Repeal Health Care Act. 19 January 2011. "Today's vote to repeal the healthcare law represents a promise fulfilled to the American people. Everyone agrees that the health system in America needs to be reformed, but the question is how we do it. The American people demonstrated in poll after poll, at town-hall meetings across the nation, and in the elections last November that they did not like the top-down, government-knows-best approach to healthcare reform." (www.nugentforcongress.com)
  • Richard Nugent. Issue Position: Oppose the Government Takeover of Healthcare. 6 July 2011. "I oppose President Obama and Speaker Pelosi's takeover of healthcare and will vote to repeal it. It will add hundreds of billions of dollars to the federal deficit and do nothing to reduce costs." (votesmart.org)

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  • Richard Nugent. Issue Position: Secure Our Borders. 5 July 2011. "I will continue to use my law enforcement experience to push my colleagues toward practical solutions that will ensure that our borders are sealed and our immigration laws are strengthened and enforced. I will never support amnesty for those who enter our country illegally." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. Why Securing Our Borders Must Come First. 26 May 2011. "The American people overwhelmingly want the Southern Border secured before even considering reforms to our immigration system. The President clearly favors some form of amnesty for those who are in our country illegally. As a former law enforcement officer, I know that we simply can't reward people who break our laws, no matter what their motives may be. What the American people want is for this Administration to enforce the laws it has on the books." (www.nugentforcongress.com)

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  • Richard Nugent. Issue Position: Protect Our Rights. 5 July 2011. "I support pro-life and pro-family legislation. I will work in defense of parental rights, religious liberty, and the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Nugent. Blog - Great News! Huckabee Endorses Our Campaign!. 30 July 2010. "I am especially honored to receive Governor Huckabee's endorsement because of his strong conservative principles. Governor Huckabee and I believe in the Second Amendment. He and I share a strong commitment to the unborn. I also believe in traditional marriage as marriage between one man and one woman." (www.nugentforcongress.com)

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  • Richard Nugent. Blog - A Clear Message to Terrorists Around the World. 2 May 2011. "The death of Osama bin Laden sends a clear message to terrorists around the world. The United States will not rest in its fight to protect the American people. Nor will we waver in our efforts to bring justice to terrorists such as bin Laden. Osama bin Laden did not act alone and we will continue to pursue the enemies of freedom wherever they reside and wherever they plot to do our country harm." (www.nugentforcongress.com)
  • Richard Nugent. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 754, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 12 May 2011. "After many years of hard, stealthy intelligence work, we found Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan. Based upon this information, a highly trained team of Navy SEALs came in, performed its mission and rid the world of one of history's most evil and notorious terrorists [¦] It is our duty as Members of Congress to ensure that our intelligence community has the tools it needs to continue to keep our Nation safe. That is what H.R. 754 does. As a prior law enforcement officer, I can attest to the value of good Intel in apprehending those who would do dastardly things to our country." (votesmart.org)

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  • Richard Nugent. Protecting Social Security Benefits. 3 August 2010. "I will fight to protect Social Security benefits for current and near retirees as well as for those receiving survivor or disability benefits [¦] Unlike my opponent, I will oppose any attempt to privatize social security with risky investment schemes." (www.nugentforcongress.com)

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