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Reid Ribble's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WI) - District 8, Republican
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Reid Ribble has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Reid Ribble is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Reid Ribble. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Reid Ribble voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Reid Ribble. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Reid Ribble voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Reid Ribble. Issue Position: Abortion. 22 September 2011. "I am a staunchly Pro-life American. I believe firmly in the sanctity of human life. It's tragic that some women feel abortion is the only answer for an unwanted pregnancy. We as pro-life supporters must provide a better and more compelling answer; and if we can, the number of abortions will continue to be reduced." (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

  • Reid Ribble signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Reid Ribble, pledge to the taxpayers of the 8th district of the state of Wisconsin 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

  • Reid Ribble. President Obama Admits Stimulus Failure. 13 October 2010. "Even the President gets it. You cannot spend more money to get out of debt. Congressman Kagen and his Democratic allies in Washington continue to drive our economy into the ground. The stimulus, by all economic measures, has failed to create jobs and stimulate the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Reid Ribble. Rep. Reid Ribble Releases Statement in Response to State of the Union Speech from President Obama. 25 January 2011. "I believe that in order to create jobs we need to do three things. First let's create certainty in the marketplace for investors and job-creators by getting excess regulations out of the way. Then let's cut spending, and finally let's work to make the tax rates permanent." (votesmart.org)
  • Reid Ribble. Rep. Ribble Joins Leadership to Discuss Anniversary of the Democrats' "Recovery Summer." 16 June 2011. "As we put policies together that would help our economy grow, we came to a common conclusion: government must get out of the way. Some new program, or stimulus or Big Government idea is not going to solve our jobs problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Reid Ribble. Rep. Ribble on 2nd Anniversary of Stimulus: More Debt, Higher Spending, Few Jobs. 17 February 2011. "Our actions today stand in stark contrast to the Democrats of two years ago who thought that we could borrow and spend our way into prosperity. Clearly we cannot. The Stimulus shoved us deep into debt and did little, if anything, to help create new jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Reid Ribble. Issue Position: The Economy and Debt. 22 September 2011. "Congress passed a massive spending bill, called it "stimulus" and mortgaged our children's future to pay for it. But while Washington DC passed a trillion dollars of special interest spending, they did incredibly little to create jobs or get the economy moving again. If elected officials are going to spend these obscene amounts of money in the name of job creation, they should at least create jobs out of it." (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

  • Reid Ribble. Education. 4 September 2012. "Education is the key to a child's success and we owe it to our children and grandchildren to provide them with a quality education. In order to give our children the brightest possible future, we must abolish the one-size-fits-all education model and offer families a broad range of educational options. I also believe that education should be controlled by state and local governments, not by bureaucrats in Washington. School districts should have the flexibility to develop solutions as they see fit. Every child learns in a different way and communities need to have the ability to structure their schools in a manner that will best fit the needs of the children and will allow them to thrive." (ribble.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • http://votesmart.org/public-statement/665486/ribble-statement-on-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=Keystone%20XL#.VBIBYKCW1Kg (votesmart.org)
  • http://votesmart.org/public-statement/665487/ribble-reaction-to-the-state-of-the-union/?search=Keystone%20XL#.VBIBdKCW1Kg (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Reid Ribble. Issue Position: The Second Amendment. 22 September 2011. "I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I firmly believe the Constitution not only guarantees individuals the right to bear arms, but that its authors meant for them to do so." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Reid Ribble. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Reid Ribble voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Reid Ribble. Issue Position: Immigration. 4 September 2012. "As is often the case the government has it backwards. We need to know who is in our country and be able to deport them if necessary--that will be increasingly difficult as long as immigration system remains in its current, virtually broken, state. Let's make it easier for people to do things the right and legal way and make it harder for them to do it the wrong way commonsense that isn't so common in Washington DC." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Reid Ribble. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • Reid Ribble. Issue Position: Social Security. 22 September 2011. "We must 'personalize' Social Security, so that the money you pay into Social Security, you receive that same money plus interest when you retire. That way that money is saved only for you." (votesmart.org)

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Inferred Answer

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