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Rod Blum's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IA) - District 1, Republican
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Rod Blum 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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

  • "I respect and will fight to defend the sanctity of life from conception to cradle to grave." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/669631/issue-position-life#.VXidh3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum/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

  • "The current plan of higher taxes, higher debt, higher spending and greater regulations, combined with the coming burden of ObamaCare and declining economic freedom are the main reasons this recovery is so weak." http://www.rodblum.com/issues/economy/ (www.rodblum.com)
  • "Reduce taxes on business and individuals. We need a simpler tax code." http://www.rodblum.com/issues/economy/ (www.rodblum.com)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support reducing mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent criminals and am proud to be a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Sentencing Reform Act of 2015." http://onyourballot.vote411.org/race-detail.do?id=14443383 (onyourballot.vote411.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "The current plan of higher taxes, higher debt, higher spending and greater regulations, combined with the coming burden of ObamaCare and declining economic freedom are the main reasons this recovery is so weak." http://www.rodblum.com/issues/economy/ (www.rodblum.com)
  • "Government spending is currently 40% of GDP. That’s too high. Public sector spending is crowding out the private sector. Our 'debt to GDP' ratio is 100% – we are on the same path Greece and Italy traveled." http://www.rodblum.com/issues/economy/ (www.rodblum.com)
  • "As a career small businessman, I know from a lifetime of experience that uncertainty is the enemy of businesses. This bill was yet another temporary patch for our critical infrastructure needs that kicks the can down the road and leaves our builders, contractors and planners with no ability to make longer term investments or prepare for the future. A first class infrastructure is paramount to reigniting our economy. We need a long term solution to our country’s infrastructure problems, not more short term management by crisis." https://blum.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-blum-releases-statement-house-s-temporary-reauthorization (blum.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? 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)
  • "The current plan of higher taxes, higher debt, higher spending and greater regulations, combined with the coming burden of ObamaCare and declining economic freedom are the main reasons this recovery is so weak." http://www.rodblum.com/issues/economy/ (www.rodblum.com)
  • "Reduce taxes on business and individuals. We need a simpler tax code." http://www.rodblum.com/issues/economy/ (www.rodblum.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe the current top-down structure of educating America’s youth is failing and it appears the numbers appear to back this up. You don’t have to look far to see that public schools aren’t what they used to be. Prior to the interventionism of the U.S. Department of Education, American learning institutions produced highly sought after professionals. " http://www.rodblum.com/issues/education/ (www.rodblum.com)
  • "American families need to be free to educate their children as they see fit. It’s important that the control and oversight of educating our nation’s youth be returned as close to home as possible and we remove as much power as possible from Washington -- which is why I voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act that replaced No Child Left Behind and gave authority and flexibility back to the states, local communities, and families." http://www.rodblum.com/education (www.rodblum.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXil03UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Economic development, such as the Keystone Pipeline, can occur while not damaging our environment." http://www.rodblum.com/environment/ (www.rodblum.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Utilize American energy resources. Shovel ready jobs are in the energy sector. America is the Saudi Arabia of wind, coal, natural gas and oil shale. Not only can we create more jobs by going after these energy sources, but we can keep costs down and reduce our trade deficit." http://www.rodblum.com/issues/economy/ (www.rodblum.com)
  • "I believe in an 'all of the above' energy strategy to lower gas prices and liberate America from its dependence on foreign oil. We need more domestic oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, clean coal, and renewables." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/669636/issue-position-energy#.VXioAnUViko (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)
  • "Government regulations are out of control – look no further than the E.P.A. Regulatory costs are estimated to be $1.75 trillion annually. Those costs are paid ultimately by YOU – the consumer." http://www.rodblum.com/issues/economy (www.rodblum.com)
  • "Congress must take a stand and protect Americans like them – who are simply trying to provide for their families – from hyperactive federal agencies like the EPA. Everyone wants clean water, but these burdensome regulations clearly cross the line of common sense and must be stopped." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958605/rep-blum-leads-effort-to-block-harmful-epa-regulations#.VYRqt3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A a longtime member of the NRA I have tremendous respect for the hard work they put in every day to defend the rights of gun owners across America, and I look forward to standing alongside them in Congress to protect the Second Amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/925880/national-rifle-association-endorses-blum-in-1st-district#.VYRrKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.VXicgHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The current plan of higher taxes, higher debt, higher spending and greater regulations, combined with the coming burden of ObamaCare and declining economic freedom are the main reasons this recovery is so weak." http://www.rodblum.com/issues/economy/ (www.rodblum.com)
  • "Government involvement restricts competition – that's why I STRONGLY support the 100% repeal of ObamaCare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/669623/issue-position-health-care#.VYRrpHUVhHw (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

  • "Illegal immigration is a problem that is not only burdening our health care and public education systems, but is also driving down wages for American workers. I believe immigration reform needs to start with fully securing the US border. We have been told by the federal government that they would secure the border in 1986 and 2006 and both times they failed to do so." http://www.rodblum.com/issues/immigration/ (www.rodblum.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Journal "Blum […] opposes same-sex marriage and advocates protection of gun owners' rights." http://www.nationaljournal.com/almanac/2014-new-members/iowa-1-rod-blum-r-20141105 (www.nationaljournal.com)
  • Des Moines Register "I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that same-sex marriage is a state issue and should be left to the people of each state to decide." http://data.desmoinesregister.com/compare-candidates/#race3 (data.desmoinesregister.com)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Des Moines Register "Overall, I believe we need to be very cautious when we consider arming various groups in the Middle East -- too often today's allies become tomorrow's enemies and we need to make sure our own weapons aren't used to harm us in the future." http://data.desmoinesregister.com/compare-candidates/#race3 (data.desmoinesregister.com)
  • "The countries over there need to engage in this fight. They need to put boots on the ground before the U.S. does, for sure […] But to send young people to die, it’s a high bar for me to jump across." http://qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa/blum-committing-troops-to-fight-isis-a-high-bar/article_5dff4a63-63db-5138-839a-65350e377d6c.html (qctimes.com)
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

  • "We need to provide younger American workers with the voluntary option of investing a portion of their FICA payroll taxes into personal savings accounts. Those funds would be 100% owned by the workers. They could invest them into a series of funds managed by the U.S. government. Individuals who choose to invest in personal accounts would be ensured that every dollar they place into an account would be guaranteed, even after inflation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/669625/issue-position-social-security#.VXid8nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum/53 (votesmart.org)

Key

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.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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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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