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Bobby L. Rush

Bobby Rush's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Bobby L. Rush
Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 1, Democratic
First Elected: 11/03/1992
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 18, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Carolyn; 6 Children (1 deceased)
Birth Date: 11/23/1946
Birth Place: Albany, GA
Home City: Chicago, IL
Religion: Baptist
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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-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Rush. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Bobby Rush in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Bobby Rush a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Bobby Rush voted Did Not Vote on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Bobby Rush in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the Peace Action 71 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of Peace Action West 71 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "You have a unique opportunity to bring our defense spending in line with our legitimate national defense needs while getting our nation on the path to a balanced budget free of deficit. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted last year, paraphrasing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, The United States should spend as much as necessary on national defense, but not one penny more. [...] The June 2010 report of the Sustainable Defense Task Force detailed proposals to reduce our nuclear stockpile substantially, realizing savings of over $100 billion without compromising our national security. The report proposed over $960 billion in defense department savings over the next decade. [...] There are multiple reforms proposed that would save hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade. The Bowles-Simpson commission outlined $750 billion in suggested defense cuts in the next decade. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb has proposed $1 trillion in cuts to the Pentagon over the next 10-12 years. These reductions in defense spending would come out of $6.5 trillion in proposed spending between 2011 and 2020 [¦] Bringing our defense spending in line with our legitimate security needs must be considered along with other measures to regain our economic footing." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bobby Rush voted Did Not Vote on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "Given the size of our deficit and debt problems as well as the political challenges and policy controversies involved in implementing any solutions to them, it is clear to us that cutting the military budget must be a part of any visible proposal." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Bobby Rush voted Did Not Vote on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Bobby Rush. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2008. 29 March 2007. "To meet these critical needs of America and its citizens, the CBC and Progressive alternatives repeal some of the tax cuts to the two top income brackets. Even after funding our domestic priorities, both of these alternatives achieve significant deficit reduction. Madam Chair, I urge my colleagues to join me in support of the American people and in support of the CBC and Progressive Caucus alternatives." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 25 October 2011. "We cannot address the national deficit and return to the pre-2003 federal budget surplus without allowing the intended expiration of the Bush-tax cuts. These tax cuts were never intended to remain permanent, and the Treasury needs this lost tax revenue to begin the process of scaling down current deficit spending and decreasing our national debt. These additional revenues should be directed to economic recovery efforts, including spurring private sector job creation." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Bobby Rush a rating of 3 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Rush. Congressman Bobby L. Rush Introduces Legislation To Invest More Than $8 Billion In Reducing Youth Unemployment. 24 March 2010. "With nearly 5 million youth between the ages of 16 to 24 being unemployed, today, Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL01) took a significant step toward eradicating youth unemployment by introducing a $8 billion bill that aims to alleviate chronic unemployment, reduce the national drop-out rate, decrease youth violence, and provide a pathways of opportunity for young people and at-risk youth. H.R. 4920 the 'Employing Youth for the American Dream Act' (EYADA) is a combination of training dollars, apprenticeship programs, employer grants for on-the-job-training, tax incentives, and preferences for youth hiring and opportunities for at-risk teenagers." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Bobby Rush. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. Supporting Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day. 11 May 2007. "I will continue to support legislation to fully fund educational initiatives such as Head Start, Pell Grants, and the No Child Left Behind Act, to name a few, and I urge all of my colleagues to do the same. We cannot continue to emphasize accountability and high-stakes testing for our teachers, who are on the frontlines working with students, without providing them with the resources to fully and effectively accomplish their objectives." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. Rush Urges Districtwide Participation in "Race to the Top" Challenge. 1 February 2011. "President Obama, today, set in motion a nationwide challenge for some of our nation's best and brightest high school students to apply for the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. Last year, over 1,000 schools submitted entries but few if any of those schools were from the Chicago area. This year, U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) hopes to change that by working aggressively to ensure that every public high school within his 1st Congressional District is aware that the challenge is underway and that interested students, their parents and teachers get fully engaged in this competitive enrichment process [¦] 'The public school children throughout my district face challenges on many fronts, from the potential for school-related violence to the constant specter of inadequate public school funding [¦] Despite those obstacles, thousands of our young people are succeeding against the odds. I have no doubt that several of our schools can effectively compete for this national recognition that includes having President Obama speak at the winning school's commencement ceremony.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Rush. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Bobby Rush voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Rush. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. Rush to Launch National Effort to Develop a 'Can Do' Resolve to Address the Plague of Gun Violence. 10 July 2008. "Today, through our collective sense of community whether in urban enclaves like the one I represent on the South Side of Chicago or in quiet, rural, towns like Weleetka, Oklahoma where two young girls were recently killed by a random assailant too many Americans are dying at the hands of a perpetrator armed with a gun [¦] The gun death toll in America exceeds that of what's occurring in Iraq. An average of 45 people die each and every day, in our country, from a firearm irregardless of race, class or culture." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bobby Rush a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Bobby Rush in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 93 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Bobby Rush in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. Juneteenth/Blair's Bill. 19 June 2007. "Gun violence is prevalent in so many of the communities all around this Nation. And we must put an end to this domestic terrorism that is destroying communities and making our constituents live in fear. As elected officials, it is incumbent upon us to enact legislation that would help reduce the flow of guns into our communities and help our struggling and frustrated law enforcement departments all across this Nation to keep track of those who possess guns and where those guns are. I have introduced H.R. 2666, Blair's bill, which would implement a Federal gun licensing and registry program. This bill will help law enforcement track over 200 million guns that are too often ending up in the hands of criminals, young people, and gang members." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. The Hill's Congress Blog: A Reminder Not To Be Silent On Gun Violence. 16 January 2011. "Nationally, while handguns account for only one-third of all firearms owned in the United States, they account for more than two-thirds of all firearm related deaths each year. The fact is that a gun in the home is four times more likely to be involved in an unintentional shooting, seven times more likely to be used to commit a criminal assault or homicide and 11 times more likely to be used to commit suicide. None of these statistics, mind you, support the oft-stated mantra of those extremist voices who say they need to bear arms to protect themselves." (thehill.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Rush. Rush Solidly Re-affirms His Strong Support For a Viable Public Option As Part Of Comprehensive Health Care Reform Legislation. 20 August 2009. "It's time for the conversations to come to an end and for those of us who are responsible for legislating to do exactly that. From the days of my youth through the entire course of my adult life I have always stood for a health care system that covers everyone who needs it--regardless of their ability to pay. I believe the only requirement for people to receive health care is that they be sick. America deserves health reform now. To those who fear that comprehensive health care reform will advance without a strong public option that will force private insurance companies to compete for patients, I say fear not,' as I believe all of us should refuse to let this historic opportunity pass us by." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. Rush Opening Statement at Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing on National Health Care Reform Implementation. 1 March 2011. "I am very disappointed by what we are going to debate today. First of all, national healthcare reform is one of the most important and historic pieces of legislation that Congress has ever passed. As the world's richest country, providing affordable healthcare services to as many Americans as possible should be our nation's foremost moral obligation. Therefore, it is difficult to comprehend--after the historic healthcare reform legislation was signed into law to provide for nearly 46 million uninsured citizens and with 8.6 million of those being children--why on Earth we are trying to unravel what has taken us so many years to stitch together!" (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. Rush Hails Historic Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare. 28 June 2012. "Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) made the following statement about today's U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148): 'I am elated by the Supreme Court's decision today. This ruling is truly a victory for all Americans and a validation of the separation of powers. I personally and especially commend President Obama for his extraordinary leadership and courage in making health care a national priority and then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her masterful maneuverings of the legislation through the U.S. Congress.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. Rush Joins Van Hollen, Kilroy and FTC Chairman Leibowitz To Press For His Ban On "Pay For Delay" In Final Health Care Bill. 13 January 2010. "My colleagues and I stand here, today, in the shadow of the passage of long overdue health care legislation aimed at improving the lives of millions of Americans." (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Bobby Rush. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Rush. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Bobby Rush voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Bobby Rush voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the American Family Association 11 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Rush. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Bobby Rush voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (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

  • Bobby Rush. Letter to Chairman McKeon. 10 May 2011 "Among the many troubling aspects of the Detainee Security Act are provisions that expand the war against terrorist organizations on a global basis. The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 was widely thought to provide authorization for the war in Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others responsible for the 9/11 attacks. That war has dragged on for almost ten years, and after the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as the United States prepares for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Detainee Security Act purports to expand the 'armed conflict' against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and "associated forces" without limit. By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Bobby Rush signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Socal Security Protectors. Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part. (socialsecurityprotectors.co)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Rush supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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