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Frank LoBiondo's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 2, Republican
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Frank LoBiondo 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. Frank LoBiondo 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.1797 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/1797 (www.congress.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/21890/frank-lobiondo/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

  • Signed a pledge stating to "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses […]." http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/Federal%20Pledge.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • "For too long, South Jersey business owners and farmers have been subjected to additional taxation on family holdings when their loved ones have died. It is reprehensible that the federal government would seek to capitalize on the death of a family member, often times erasing the hard-work and dedication of generations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/977275/lobiondo-votes-to-protect-south-jersey-farmers-business-owners-from-so-called-death-tax (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.
Yes Inferred 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 excessive spending started immediately in 2009 with the $862 billion so-called "stimulus" bill that was meant to get our sluggish economy growing and spur job creation. Rather than targeted, proven job-creating projects such as shovel-ready construction jobs and business tax credits, taxpayers funded turtle highways in Florida and STD clinics in California." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21890/frank-lobiondo/#.VYhgn3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The President was right to call for an economic stimulus package that would immediately and positively benefit struggling families and our nation's economy. I agree that we must reinstitute the free-flow of credit to qualified borrowers; to invest in our transportation infrastructure to spur job growth; to reduce the tax burden on our small businesses to encourage hiring; and to focus on growing the economy of tomorrow, not of yesterday." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/417975/#.VYhhQXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 6169 "Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012" https://www.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/house-bill/6169 (www.congress.gov)
  • "Despite indicators of an economic recovery that some may point to, the real recovery won't be felt by South Jersey families until they have well-paying jobs and less strain on their personal finances. It is for this reason that I support significant reductions in wasteful spending, making the expiring tax cuts permanent, and ensuring pro-growth economic policies are put in place." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/563847/misguided-spending-priorities (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I'm adamantly opposed to it. It is taking direction away from local decision making. The federal government does not play a direct role here." http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/article/politicselections/rio+grande/103287-eyes+washington+hughes+lobiondo+contest+represent+district (www.capemaycountyherald.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" https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1 (www.congress.gov)
  • "Within a global economy, it is impossible to control all factors that dictate the prices of oil and gasoline on the energy markets. However, actions that can and should be taken to promote U.S. energy independence – approving the Keystone XL Pipeline and expanding domestic energy capacity – will have measureable impact in stabilizing energy prices for American consumers while strengthening our national security." http://lobiondo.house.gov/verring-towards-another-energy-crisis (lobiondo.house.gov)
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

  • "We must aggressively pursue cleaner energies which are sustainable and produce no greenhouse gas emissions." http://www.house.gov/list/press/nj02_lobiondo/040609.html (www.house.gov)
  • "I have long advocated for a comprehensive national plan to achieve real energy independence. I've called for casting a wide and diverse net, including further developing alternative energy sources, encouraging smarter technologies and conservation efforts, and broadening domestic production of oil and natural gas reserves." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663336/veering-toward-another-energy-crisis#.VZrxYnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.24 "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 'Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54632 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" https://www.congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-bill/2454 (www.congress.gov)
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" https://www.congress.gov/amendment/113th-congress/house-amendment/1098 (www.congress.gov)
  • New York Times "Mr. LoBiondo was the primary sponsor of a bill to repeal the tough ban on the sale and possession of military-style semiautomatic firearms that was approved by the Legislature in 1990." http://www.nytimes.com/1992/10/15/nyregion/gun-control-is-crucial-issue-in-challenge-to-congressman.html (www.nytimes.com)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/21890/frank-lobiondo/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] Obamacare is too deeply flawed to implement and ultimately unworkable in reality." http://lobiondo.house.gov/obamacare-unworkable-train-wreck (lobiondo.house.gov)
  • 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 (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal legislation – approved with bipartisan support in a vote of 239 to182 – includes a provision that would order the deportation of illegal immigrants convicted of driving while intoxicated or fatal hit-and-run accidents. LoBiondo voted in favor of the bill." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/148136/lobiondo-presses-governor-elect-corzine-to-address-out-of-state-vehicle-tags-being-obtained-by-illegal-immigrants/?search=deport#.VYiJJHUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "As he has always said, he firmly believes that any proposed solution must include an effective, fair temporary guest worker program that remains true to its name: those who come to the United States should only be here on a temporary basis and return home through a program that is truly enforceable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/387092/issue-position-immigration#.VZrypHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • philly.com "Voted for DOMA and the 04 and 06 amendments limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples." http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/capitolinq/Where-local-lawmakers-stand-on-same-sex-marriage.html#UgLjQcM9zCkUMxqb.99 (www.philly.com)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/21890/frank-lobiondo/76#.VZry7HUVhHw (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

  • "We must have a muscular military response in cooperation with our allies, including Arab and African countries. We needed a plan from the Obama administration more than four years ago, when ISIS gained a foothold in the region. Surgical strikes have not had a debilitating impact to date." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064899/after-paris-us-must-lead (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

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

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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