Representative Dennis A. Ross's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 15, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 15
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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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  • Dennis Ross. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Dennis Ross voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. Issue Position: Family Values. 14 July 2011. "I truly believe that we, as a nation, must never forget that our rights come from the Almighty, and that the Judeo-Christian values that have sustained humanity for millenia; marriage between a man and a woman, respect for life, and a common sense of right and wrong, should be reflected in our government." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Freeman. The Ledger: Dennis Ross makes a bid for Congress as a solid conservative. 9 June 2010. "Although skeptical of government involvement in managing the economy, Ross said he's opposed to abortion and would support efforts to prohibit the practice. "We have a criminal justice system that can protect the sanctity of life," he said. "The federal government has an obligation to preserve human life." (www.theledger.com)
  • Dennis Ross. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Dennis Ross voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Dennis Ross. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Dennis Ross voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. Issue Position: Defense/Military. 14 July 2011. "The federal government has no higher duty than to "provide for the common defense." In the 21st century that includes both offensive and defensive operations against states, state sponsors of terrorism, and terrorists. I firmly believe that the United States must maintain the overwhelming qualitative advantage over the rest of the world [¦] Win the war in Afghanistan and establish a robust Afghan National Army." (votesmart.org)

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  • Dennis Ross. Ross Urges House to Approve Congressional & Federal Pay Freeze. 1 February 2012. "An across the board pay increase for federal workers is unwarranted, and the claim that federal employees are underpaid is a demonstrable myth," Ross said. [¦] "The President's pay hike proposal is fiscally irresponsible, especially as he is proposing to cut defense budgets," Ross continued" (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. Twitter: RepDennisRoss. 5 January 2012. "Defense budget from 1792 - 1965/70 was about 50% of The fed budget. Today it is less than 25%. Waste crowding out priorities." (twitter.com)
  • Dennis Ross. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Dennis Ross voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Dennis Ross voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal government has no higher duty than to "provide for the common defense." In the 21st century that includes both offensive and defensive operations against states, state sponsors of terrorism, and terrorists. I firmly believe that the United States must maintain the overwhelming qualitative advantage over the rest of the world." [¦] "In defending America we must make sure that we spend what is needed, but spend wisely. The Defense Department is as guilty at times as any other in waste, fraud, and abuse. This is both a disservice to the taxpayer and a betrayal of the troops. I support vigorous prosecution of procurement fraud and justifying new acquisitions based on branch need, not political need."

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  • Dennis Ross signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Dennis Ross, pledge to the taxpayers of the 15th 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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  • Dennis Ross. Issue Position: High Speed Rail. 14 July 2011. "With federal money, comes federal strings. I do not believe in high speed rail, paid for by the taxpayer." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. Facebook: Wall. 24 August 2011. "To those who believe we can deficit spend out of a recession. Federal spending continues to grow at 3 to 4 times the rate of inflation, and outpaces econ growth 5 to 1 or more in some departments. That is unsustainable - I don't care what party you belong to!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Dennis Ross. Issue Position: Jobs. 14 July 2011. "Creating jobs is not the business of government. Creating an environment where private sector entrepreneurs employ America is the business of government." (votesmart.org)

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  • Dennis Ross. Issue Position: Taxes and Spending. 14 July 2011. "As a former small business owner, I know that small business and entrepreneurs create jobs and sustain growth. I know that risk takers made America great. I know that families have a tough time making ends meet and need relief. Lastly, I know that the American dollar, in the hands of the American consumer, is infinitely more powerful than the American dollar in the hands of the American government." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. Webster Statement on the Projecting Jobs from Government Interference Act. 15 September 2011. "Mr. Speaker, free enterprise is not the problem; it is the solution." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. The Ledger - Rep. Dennis Ross: Why I Voted No. 17 August 2011. "If I told you I supported cutting taxes to three brackets of 12 percent, 23 percent and 28 percent, reducing the corporate tax rate, cutting 10 percent of the federal workforce, and ending loopholes, The Ledger would, no doubt, call me a corporate crony. Yet I support all of these measures. They also came directly from President Obama's fiscal commission." (www.theledger.com)
  • Dennis Ross. Twitter: RepDennisRoss. 7 June 2011. Responded "Jobs plan is easy. Regulatory & Tax certainty, no cap gains, 10% corp tax, Free Trade Agreements, & flat tax. $2.5 tril budget." to question: "I'm glad we agree on that, now if you guys could come up with a real jobs plan that would be great." Responded "Agreed. Would love to see business incentives to hire. Payroll tax holiday for a year or two, and other ideas are great!" to question: "& incentives to biz that hire the long term unemployed" (twitter.com)

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  • Dennis Ross. Issue Position: Education. 14 July 2011. "I SUPPORT - Eliminating the Federal Department of Education and re-allocating the $100 billion per year towards education loans, grants, loan forgiveness and government debt reduction - Eliminating all primary and secondary federal education regulation. Current federal regulations cost taxpayers $1.13 trillion in total compliance costs in 2005 - Returning all primary and secondary education control back to the States and ending mandates [¦] - States adopting accountability measurements for students and teachers before receiving any federal money" (votesmart.org)

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  • Dennis Ross. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Dennis Ross voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. Issue Position: Energy. 21 October 2011. "America needs a comprehensive energy policy. I believe that policy should begin with expanding domestic production of near term fuel sources. Oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale, and products to produce methanol and ethanol, not limited to corn [¦] I support [¦] Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Expand[ing] Natural Gas drilling and exploration in the Gulf of Mexico." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. Issue Position: Energy. 21 October 2011. "With the recent disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, many have asked if this would change my position on Gulf drilling. No one, regardless of how pro-drilling, is for unsafe drilling. In this case of BP, we must do all we can to mitigate this disaster and find out what went wrong. I firmly believe that Gulf drilling is part of our energy future." (votesmart.org)

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

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  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Dennis Ross in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. Issue Position: The Constitution. 14 July 2011. "I believe that the Bill of Rights guarantees certain rights, but also limits the federal government to those rights. I will continue the fight to limit the power and scope of the federal government and return power and responsibility to the greatest repository of such rights, the American citizen. WITH THOSE PRINCIPLES TO GUIDE ME, I SUPPORT [¦] The 2nd Amendment as an individual right." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. Protect Our Gun & Ammunition Rights. 20 April 2011. "We must always protect the 2nd Amendment as an individual right, and protect the ammunition that is an integral part of our gun rights." (votesmart.org)

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

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  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Dennis Ross in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Dennis Ross in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Dennie Ross. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. Issue Position: Immigration. 14 July 2011. "With those principles to guide me, I support [¦] Offer a time period for those illegally in the US to return to their homeland before a "no return" penalty begins." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Freeman. Dennis Ross makes a bid for Congress as a solid conservative. 9 June 2010. "I am not an advocate of amnesty." (www.theledger.com)

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  • Dennis Ross. Issue Position: Family Values. 14 July 2011. "I truly believe that we, as a nation, must never forget that our rights come from the Almighty, and that the Judeo-Christian values that have sustained humanity for millenia; marriage between a man and a woman [...] should be reflected in our government." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. 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)

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  • Dennis Ross. Issue Position: Defense/Military. 14 July 2011. "The federal government has no higher duty than to 'provide for the common defense.' In the 21st century that includes both offensive and defensive operations against states, state sponsors of terrorism, and terrorists. I firmly believe that the United States must maintain the overwhelming qualitative advantage over the rest of the world [¦] I support [¦] Taking the fight to terrorists whereever they hide utilizing Special Forces, covert action, cooperation with foreign security forces, and more." (votesmart.org)

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  • Dennis Ross: Issue Position: Seniors & Retirement Security. 14 July 2011. "I believe that we must increase the rate of return for those under 55 by offering citizens the same voluntary option federal workers receive that allow them to invest in a few funds that are safe and historically have returned far greater benefits than the 1.5% of Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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