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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 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. 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 2016, 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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • "I will use my position to advocate for the defeat of any federal statute or decision that attempts to reach beyond the scope of the federal government, as well as continue to advocate for a pro-family and pro-life agenda." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630959/issue-position-family-values#.VbfVjeRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/12813/dennis-ross/2 (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

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "Rather than bailing out Washington with another tax increase, Congress should work hard to ensure Americans keep as much of their paychecks as possible to spend and save as they see fit." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1105268/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, I voted in favor of a surface transportation reauthorization package that will strengthen our economy and provide states long-term certainty and flexibility for much-needed infrastructure projects. The bill reforms transportation programs, refocuses on national priorities, streamlines project approval processes, and maintains a strong commitment to safety. This package is fully paid for and ensures fiscal responsibility without raising taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1041661/ross-votes-to-strengthen-our-nations-transportation-infrastructure (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "Let's face it, the federal government wastes way too much of your tax dollars, and we spend more than we have." http://dennisross.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=27230 (dennisross.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The provisions in this bill will prevent a significant immediate tax increase on millions of Americans by allowing state sales tax deductions, providing small business tax relief, and offering incentives for innovation. By delivering permanent tax relief to America's job creators, this legislation will make it easier for employers to plan ahead, hire new workers, grow their businesses, and invest in their communities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1041668/ross-votes-to-prevent-tax-hikes-on-americans-and-job-creators (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe, as President Kennedy and President Reagan demonstrated, that keeping marginal income taxes and taxes on capital low, the economy grows." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630968/issue-position-taxes-and-spending#.VbfWxeRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor H.R.37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50971#.Vabiy_lViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I SUPPORT […] Eliminating all primary and secondary federal education regulation. […] Returning all primary and secondary education control back to the States and ending mandates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630956/issue-position-education#.Va6F83UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I supported the most substantial education reform in 25 years that replaces No Child Left Behind and returns power over education decisions back to the states, local governments and parents -- where it belongs. This reform also once and for all prevents the federal government from coercing states into implementing common core." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1105315/issue-position-education-policy (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is unacceptable that President Obama continues to obstruct the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952600/ross-it-is-unacceptable-potus-continues-to-obstruct-construction-of-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone%20xl#.VliKEmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Vabg1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Lastly, we must stop feeding the notion that government can force innovation and create green jobs and, instead, let entrepreneurs create the future by removing taxes on capital and stop trying to pick winners and losers." http://dennisross.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=16918 (dennisross.house.gov)
  • "As much as we would love to go to a renewable fuel economy tomorrow, that is not going to happen, regardless of promises or 'green jobs' gimmicks. In addition, for domestic energy needs, we must expand the use of clean and efficient nuclear power and invest in research for future nuclear power, like fusion energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/523131/issue-position-energy#.VbfYUeRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "I support an 'all of the above' energy policy that pursues both traditional and new sources of energy, in everything from oil and natural gas and nuclear to wind and solar power." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1105300/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Dennis Ross, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Florida and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683956/americans-for-prosperity-no-climate-tax#.Vbfa1eRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "WITH THOSE PRINCIPLES TO GUIDE ME, I SUPPORT - […] Robust opposition to Cap and Trade." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/523131/issue-position-energy#.Va6H_3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • "I SUPPORT […] The Second Amendment which provides the right to keep and bear arms by all law-abiding citizens." http://dennisross.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=17118 (dennisross.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/12813/dennis-ross/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Since first being elected into Congress more than five years ago, I have tirelessly fought to repeal and replace ObamaCare, which has drastically raised the cost of health care and was sold to the American people with broken promises." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1041677/ross-votes-to-repeal-obamacare-and-protect-the-unborn (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.45 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44099#.Vbfb6-RMGH8 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "To that end, we must: […] Offer a time period for those illegally in the US to return to their homeland before a 'no return' penalty begins." http://dennisross.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=31190 (dennisross.house.gov)
  • "I am not an advocate of amnesty."http://www.theledger.com/article/20100609/NEWS/100609763?p=3&tc=pg (www.theledger.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that respect for life, and a common sense of right and wrong should be reflected in our government." http://dennisross.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=16555 (dennisross.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/12813/dennis-ross/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "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."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630959/#.Va6Mo3UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While I voted in favor of the amendment authorizing President Obama to begin facilitating Syrian rebel combat training, this was not my ideal strategy for how to defeat ISIL. This amendment is a step in the right direction, but the time has come to make the next move. Every day that President Obama does not take bold and aggressive action toward demolishing ISIL, is another day that our national security and American lives are in jeopardy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/928803/ross-statement-on-passage-of-a-cr (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

  • "For those under 55, Social Security presents a problem. […] However, as pointed out by the Cato Institute, over the last 80 years, private investment in the United States has earned an average annual return of nearly 8 percent." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/523134/issue-position-seniors-retirement-security#.VbfeDORMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/523134/#.Va6OCnUViko (votesmart.org)

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Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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