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Dennis Ross' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 15, Republican
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Dennis Ross has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Dennis Ross 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

  • 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)
  • 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)
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

  • 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)
  • 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)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • 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)
  • 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)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dennis Ross. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Dennis Ross voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Ross. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Dennis Ross voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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. 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)
  • 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)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
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

  • 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)
  • 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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