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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 27, Republican
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 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.

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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

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • "We must protect the sanctity of an innocent human life, we must stand behind the rights of the unborn, and we must prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/644291/providing-for-consideration-of-hr-358-protect-life-act#.VlT3sWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] in a country that espouses the importance of protecting the inherent rights of every person, abortion denies the rights of our most innocent and vulnerable members, our children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/90783/abortion#.VlT2xWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26815/ileana-ros-lehtinen/2 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)
  • "We must reduce taxes on families and small businesses, ease the regulatory burden on the businesses that provide middle class jobs, eliminate restrictions to the flow of capital that keeps small businesses from hiring more workers, and bring down our record national debt that only promises huge future tax increases and less federal assistance for those who truly need it." https://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/economy (ros-lehtinen.house.gov)
  • "I, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, pledge to the taxpayers of the 27th 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://www.atr.org/atr-releases-list-federal-pledge-signers-a7140 (www.atr.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.
No 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)
  • "Government spending must reflect economic realities. I opposed the trillion dollar stimulus and several other budget busting bills which would raise taxes on hardworking South Floridians." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560442/issue-position-government-spending#.VblQrHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress needs to act to get spending under control, reduce federal budget deficits, and bring down our long-term public debt." https://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/issue/spending-cuts-and-debt (ros-lehtinen.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must reduce taxes on families and small businesses, ease the regulatory burden on the businesses that provide middle class jobs, eliminate restrictions to the flow of capital that keeps small businesses from hiring more workers, and bring down our record national debt that only promises huge future tax increases and less federal assistance for those who truly need it." https://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/economy (ros-lehtinen.house.gov)
  • "I believe that we must prevent the fiscal cliff through significant spending cuts and tax reform with lower tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/755947/what-we-must-do-to-avert-the-fiscal-cliff (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)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? 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 Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Not only is Keystone XL an incredible opportunity for hardworking Americans, it also has great potential to advance our national security interests and policies around the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960925/newsletter-advancing-our-energy-interests-through-keystone-xl/?search=keystone#.VliTG2wViko (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)
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

  • "I am a strong supporter of greater federal investment in alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydrogen fuel cell power." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566884/issue-position-energy#.VblSYHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly support greater federal investment in alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydrogen fuel cell power." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/631071/issue-position-energy#.VblSDHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am committed to preserving our economic interests while equally protecting our cherished natural ecosystems. I will continue to make it my mission to protect South Florida so that future generations are able to enjoy our ecological treasures." http://voteileana.com/ros-lehtinen-congressional-issues/ (voteileana.com)
  • Voted against H.R.2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VafLKPlViko (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)
  • "This is a common sense approach that remedies a problem faced by carriers of concealed weapons permit. It absolutely makes no sense that a person with a valid state issued concealed weapons permit cannot carry it over to another state that also has these same types of laws on its books. This legislation will make it easier for law abiding Americans to carry concealed firearms in states that already allow it, and most importantly, it strengthens our Second Amendment rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/652165/ros-lehtinen-votes-for-legislation-that-allows-persons-with-valid-concealed-firearms-permit-to-carry-concealed-firearm-in-another-state-that-also-issues-same-permits (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26815/ileana-ros-lehtinen/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 the wrong prescription for what ails the American healthcare system. Obamacare is expanding the very federal bureaucracy that is already forcing itself between patients and doctors." http://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/issue/health (ros-lehtinen.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#.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#.VblVbHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No 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.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VafGBPlVikoo (votesmart.org)
  • "I stand here, Mr. Speaker, in support of the DREAM Act. The time has come for this legislative body to do what is right and to not punish students for the mistakes that their parents have made. The DREAM Act is not amnesty. It will allow eligible students to get on a pathway toward permanent legal status later on. Those who receive conditional legal status will not be eligible for Medicaid, food stamps, or any other government services." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/576578/#.VbFX3HUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Politico "Last month, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was one of 300 Republicans to sign on to an amicus brief in support of gay marriage filed with the Supreme Court." http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/republicans-gay-marriage-117400.html (www.politico.com)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26815/ileana-ros-lehtinen/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "Our nation was founded on the basis of equal rights and today, the Supreme Court’s decision reflected our values. The ability to marry is now a right all Americans have and we no longer must wonder why one class of people has been singled out under the law. Simply put, and the majority of Americans would agree, the union of two people in marriage should not be based on gender, but on love."https://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/press-release/ros-lehtinen-applauds-supreme-court-decision-legalizing-marriage-equality (ros-lehtinen.house.gov)
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 continue to take steps to secure our country and the world from terror networks, and we must work to prevent acts of terrorism in their early stages, and eradicate the conditions that make such attacks possible." http://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/defense (ros-lehtinen.house.gov)
  • "As ISIS continues to wreak havoc across Iraq and Syria, the State Department should be doing everything it can to ensure the Peshmerga have what they need. I urge State to provide the necessary equipment and training to the Peshmerga in the most expeditious manner possible while helping the KRG meet the needs of the hundreds of thousands of minorities, displaced persons, and refugees who are fleeing the brutality of ISIS." http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/ileana-ros-lehtinen-arm-kurds-take-isis (www.sunshinestatenews.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

  • Rated 15% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26815/ileana-ros-lehtinen/53 (votesmart.org)
  • "By reforming Social Security to include private accounts, we can ensure that women receive all of the benefits that they earn in the workplace as well as being entitled to those that their husbands have earned once they have passed on." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/109016/ (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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