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Hal Rogers' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 5, Republican
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Hal Rogers has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Hal Rogers 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 2014, 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

  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (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 Hal Rogers a rating of 38 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Caroline May. The Daily Caller: House Approps Chair ˜shocked by the lengths that this administration has gone to undercut the sanctity of life ". 23 January 2012. "'I am shocked by the lengths that this administration has gone to undercut the sanctity of life for the unborn child,' Rogers told the pro-life gathering." (dailycaller.com)
  • Hal Rogers. Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009. 25 February 2009. "Most alarming to me is the assault on the rights of the unborn--the most vulnerable citizens of our society; $545 million is designated for foreign "family planning'' clinics, ensuring that overseas abortions will be performed with U.S. taxpayer dollars for the first time in nearly a decade. Even more egregious, the bill reverses long-standing policy, and actually allows U.S. funds to flow to foreign organizations that support coercive abortions and involuntary sterilizations. These provisions, combined with drastic cuts in abstinence education, seem designed to promote an "abortion first'' policy in this country, and I cannot stand idly by and in good conscience vote for a piece of legislation that does that." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (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 Hal Rogers a rating of 38 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Caroline May. The Daily Caller: House Approps Chair ˜shocked by the lengths that this administration has gone to undercut the sanctity of life ". 23 January 2012. "'I am shocked by the lengths that this administration has gone to undercut the sanctity of life for the unborn child,' Rogers told the pro-life gathering." (dailycaller.com)
  • Hal Rogers. Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009. 25 February 2009. "Most alarming to me is the assault on the rights of the unborn--the most vulnerable citizens of our society; $545 million is designated for foreign "family planning'' clinics, ensuring that overseas abortions will be performed with U.S. taxpayer dollars for the first time in nearly a decade. Even more egregious, the bill reverses long-standing policy, and actually allows U.S. funds to flow to foreign organizations that support coercive abortions and involuntary sterilizations. These provisions, combined with drastic cuts in abstinence education, seem designed to promote an "abortion first'' policy in this country, and I cannot stand idly by and in good conscience vote for a piece of legislation that does that." (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

  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Supports Tax Relief Extension. 17 December 2010. "At this eleventh hour, I am relieved that Congress has finally acted to provide some certainty to the many working families and small businesses facing a huge tax increase next year. Extension of these lower rates and job-creating tax provisions will allow southern and eastern Kentuckians to breathe a little easier this Christmas." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Urges Vote on Tax Relief for Families and Small Businesses. 27 September 2010. "The last thing Congress should do in these tough economic times is raise taxes on our hardworking families and small businesses. If the Majority in Congress can go on trillion dollar spending sprees to fund government programs, Wall Street and big business, then the least they could do is provide tax relief for the people who need it most. The American people deserve better. Congress must end these political games today and pass tax relief now so that small businesses can start hiring again and families don't have to worry about their taxes increasing at the end of the year." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Presents A Pledge to America. 23 September 2010. "The fight for reform begins today. We must empower our small businesses, extend tax cuts for our families, cut spending once and for all, and oppose job killing legislation like "Cap and Trade." My colleagues and I are prepared to move American forward and restore our founding principle of accountability to the people." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 85 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Op-Ed: District-Wide - Putting The Taxpayer First. 15 April 2010. "Every time taxes are increased, small businesses and hard working Americans suffer. President Obama has even proposed raising the top income bracket to nearly 40%- the effects on our small businesses would be devastating. These crippling taxes directly impact the ability a small business has to hire more people and create more opportunities. As taxes go up, small businesses are faced with a decision- they can close up shop or cut jobs. In this challenging economy, now is not the time to raise taxes and kill jobs. We need to stop this madness. The well has dried up and President Obama cannot continue to look to the hard-working taxpayer, who spends over 3 months of each year to pay for his crippling policies. I will stand with my district and work to bring relief to our small businesses and say no to tax increases and programs that will continue to spiral us deeper into debt. We can't tax and spend our way back." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. CNN "American Morning" “ Transcript. 14 April 2011. "The problem in Washington is not that we're taxed too little. We spend too much. We spend too much, we borrow too much, and we tax too much, frankly, for this economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Issue Position: Taxes. 20 October 2011. "I strongly support legislative efforts to reduce the tax burden on hardworking men and women. The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (Public Law 107-16) keeps our economy moving forward and creates jobs in southern and eastern Kentucky by providing tax relief to small business and working families. This legislation accelerated the income tax reductions passed in 2001, increased the child tax credit, and reduced the marriage penalty and tax rates on dividends and capital gains. Additionally, the legislation expanded small business expensing and depreciation rules." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ 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." (atr.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Supports Tax Relief Extension. 17 December 2010. "At this eleventh hour, I am relieved that Congress has finally acted to provide some certainty to the many working families and small businesses facing a huge tax increase next year. Extension of these lower rates and job-creating tax provisions will allow southern and eastern Kentuckians to breathe a little easier this Christmas." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Urges Vote on Tax Relief for Families and Small Businesses. 27 September 2010. "The last thing Congress should do in these tough economic times is raise taxes on our hardworking families and small businesses. If the Majority in Congress can go on trillion dollar spending sprees to fund government programs, Wall Street and big business, then the least they could do is provide tax relief for the people who need it most. The American people deserve better. Congress must end these political games today and pass tax relief now so that small businesses can start hiring again and families don't have to worry about their taxes increasing at the end of the year." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Presents A Pledge to America. 23 September 2010. "The fight for reform begins today. We must empower our small businesses, extend tax cuts for our families, cut spending once and for all, and oppose job killing legislation like "Cap and Trade." My colleagues and I are prepared to move American forward and restore our founding principle of accountability to the people." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 85 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Op-Ed: District-Wide - Putting The Taxpayer First. 15 April 2010. "Every time taxes are increased, small businesses and hard working Americans suffer. President Obama has even proposed raising the top income bracket to nearly 40%- the effects on our small businesses would be devastating. These crippling taxes directly impact the ability a small business has to hire more people and create more opportunities. As taxes go up, small businesses are faced with a decision- they can close up shop or cut jobs. In this challenging economy, now is not the time to raise taxes and kill jobs. We need to stop this madness. The well has dried up and President Obama cannot continue to look to the hard-working taxpayer, who spends over 3 months of each year to pay for his crippling policies. I will stand with my district and work to bring relief to our small businesses and say no to tax increases and programs that will continue to spiral us deeper into debt. We can't tax and spend our way back." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. CNN "American Morning" “ Transcript. 14 April 2011. "The problem in Washington is not that we're taxed too little. We spend too much. We spend too much, we borrow too much, and we tax too much, frankly, for this economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Issue Position: Taxes. 20 October 2011. "I strongly support legislative efforts to reduce the tax burden on hardworking men and women. The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (Public Law 107-16) keeps our economy moving forward and creates jobs in southern and eastern Kentucky by providing tax relief to small business and working families. This legislation accelerated the income tax reductions passed in 2001, increased the child tax credit, and reduced the marriage penalty and tax rates on dividends and capital gains. Additionally, the legislation expanded small business expensing and depreciation rules." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ 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." (atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Hal Rogers. Rogers' Statement On The Latest Unemployment Numbers. 2 October 2009. "The latest labor statistics released today is a sobering reminder of the hardship our citizens are facing. The unemployment rate now stands at 9.8% nationally, and it is even worse here in Kentucky. Since the passage of the President's so-called "stimulus" bill in February, nearly 3 million jobs have been lost. Clearly, it's not working. Rather than focus on creating jobs, bringing new economic development to our communities and relieving the tax burden on our hard working families, President Obama is instead focusing on the opposite -- pushing an agenda in Washington that includes taxing electricity, shutting down the coal industry, and taking over your healthcare. Enough is enough. It is high time to stop the trillion dollar spending sprees and bailouts in Washington and focus on getting our economy moving again." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Congressman Rogers Floor Statement on the Pelosi-Obey Stimulus Bill. 11 February 2009. "While the Majority celebrates over this so-called "stimulus" package- the affects of this bill will be the opposite. Interest rates will soar, inflation will rise, the value of the dollar will plummet. The world has never seen a nation borrow so much money in the span of just a few months. Any temporary gains or glamorous headlines brought on by this stimulus bill will soon be forgotten when the recession deepens and our children bear the long term effects of a massive government spending spree." (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 Hal Rogers a rating of 84 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009. 25 February 2009. "It was just two weeks ago that this body passed a bloated, trillion-dollar stimulus bill--a wrong-headed piece of legislation that was much more of a down payment on a radical, left-leaning agenda, than the true jolt our struggling economy actually needed. The omnibus legislation before us today is simply the second act, funding many of the same wasteful programs as before, with no accountability, and represents the largest single increase in domestic spending in 30 years. We are putting our children and grandchildren at perilous risk--borrowing money we don't have, and plunging our country even further into debt. It is not sustainable in the long term, and I fear our actions will only worsen the economic situation our country currently faces." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Op-Ed: District-Wide - Putting The Taxpayer First. 15 April 2010. "Time and time again I stood up to the President and Speaker Pelosi and said no to their outlandish proposals. On the so-called "stimulus" bill, I voted no because we need to be creating jobs, not financing more bureaucrats and creating more debt that will burden our future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 27 January 2009. "Mr. Chairman, there is no question but that the Congress must act swiftly and boldly to counteract the downturn in the economy. But there's a difference between actions that are swift and bold and spending huge sums of borrowed money irresponsibly. When the dust finally settles on this boondoggle, perhaps then we will face the facts regarding this colossal trillion dollar spending bill. And the fact is that the Pelosi-Obey bill isn't an economic stimulus plan at all, but a rampant spending spree, much of which has nothing to do with bailing out a sagging economy, but with a liberal litany of left-leaning, big government programs. We need a true stimulus bill. That much we can all agree on. But it needs to be aimed directly at creating jobs. It needs to give real incentives to small businesses, which create three out of four new jobs in the country. It needs to have a strict oversight program, given the recent TARP fiasco. And it needs to solely focus on stimulating the economy, not a mandate to overspend on a broad range of government programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Issue Position: Taxes. 14 October 2011. "In these challenging economic times the last thing we should be doing is imposing new taxes on hard working families. I also remain opposed to repeated bailouts, failed stimulus bills and out of control budgets. Families have learned to spend less, be responsible and live within their budget -- and now it's time for the federal government to do the same. Kentuckians deserve the decency of accountability and oversight when their money is being spent. Jobs are vital to economic growth and prosperity. We cannot tax and spend our way out of this recession. As your Representative in Congress, I remain steadfast to fighting against government waste, more bailouts and bills that increase the government's reach on your dime." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers' Statement On The Latest Unemployment Numbers. 2 October 2009. "The latest labor statistics released today is a sobering reminder of the hardship our citizens are facing. The unemployment rate now stands at 9.8% nationally, and it is even worse here in Kentucky. Since the passage of the President's so-called "stimulus" bill in February, nearly 3 million jobs have been lost. Clearly, it's not working. Rather than focus on creating jobs, bringing new economic development to our communities and relieving the tax burden on our hard working families, President Obama is instead focusing on the opposite -- pushing an agenda in Washington that includes taxing electricity, shutting down the coal industry, and taking over your healthcare. Enough is enough. It is high time to stop the trillion dollar spending sprees and bailouts in Washington and focus on getting our economy moving again." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Congressman Rogers Floor Statement on the Pelosi-Obey Stimulus Bill. 11 February 2009. "While the Majority celebrates over this so-called "stimulus" package- the affects of this bill will be the opposite. Interest rates will soar, inflation will rise, the value of the dollar will plummet. The world has never seen a nation borrow so much money in the span of just a few months. Any temporary gains or glamorous headlines brought on by this stimulus bill will soon be forgotten when the recession deepens and our children bear the long term effects of a massive government spending spree." (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 Hal Rogers a rating of 84 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009. 25 February 2009. "It was just two weeks ago that this body passed a bloated, trillion-dollar stimulus bill--a wrong-headed piece of legislation that was much more of a down payment on a radical, left-leaning agenda, than the true jolt our struggling economy actually needed. The omnibus legislation before us today is simply the second act, funding many of the same wasteful programs as before, with no accountability, and represents the largest single increase in domestic spending in 30 years. We are putting our children and grandchildren at perilous risk--borrowing money we don't have, and plunging our country even further into debt. It is not sustainable in the long term, and I fear our actions will only worsen the economic situation our country currently faces." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Op-Ed: District-Wide - Putting The Taxpayer First. 15 April 2010. "Time and time again I stood up to the President and Speaker Pelosi and said no to their outlandish proposals. On the so-called "stimulus" bill, I voted no because we need to be creating jobs, not financing more bureaucrats and creating more debt that will burden our future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 27 January 2009. "Mr. Chairman, there is no question but that the Congress must act swiftly and boldly to counteract the downturn in the economy. But there's a difference between actions that are swift and bold and spending huge sums of borrowed money irresponsibly. When the dust finally settles on this boondoggle, perhaps then we will face the facts regarding this colossal trillion dollar spending bill. And the fact is that the Pelosi-Obey bill isn't an economic stimulus plan at all, but a rampant spending spree, much of which has nothing to do with bailing out a sagging economy, but with a liberal litany of left-leaning, big government programs. We need a true stimulus bill. That much we can all agree on. But it needs to be aimed directly at creating jobs. It needs to give real incentives to small businesses, which create three out of four new jobs in the country. It needs to have a strict oversight program, given the recent TARP fiasco. And it needs to solely focus on stimulating the economy, not a mandate to overspend on a broad range of government programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Issue Position: Taxes. 14 October 2011. "In these challenging economic times the last thing we should be doing is imposing new taxes on hard working families. I also remain opposed to repeated bailouts, failed stimulus bills and out of control budgets. Families have learned to spend less, be responsible and live within their budget -- and now it's time for the federal government to do the same. Kentuckians deserve the decency of accountability and oversight when their money is being spent. Jobs are vital to economic growth and prosperity. We cannot tax and spend our way out of this recession. As your Representative in Congress, I remain steadfast to fighting against government waste, more bailouts and bills that increase the government's reach on your dime." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Hal Rogers. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Hal Rogers. Op-Ed: District-Wide - Putting The Taxpayer First. 15 April 2010. "On the monstrous "Cap and Trade" bill, I voted no because it would increase taxes by $570 billion and take dead aim at our coal industry, jeopardizing thousands of jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Demands Answers from EPA Administrator. 3 March 2011. "EPA is running absolutely roughshod over our country's small businesses, the very engines that propel our economy forward. And you've left nearly every sector of the economy untouched -- agriculture, manufacturing, construction, transportation -- and the lifeblood of my region of the country, Appalachian coal mining. Wrong-headed greenhouse gas regulations, so-called "guidance" on surface mining, the retroactive veto of a coal permit that has undergone more than a decade of environmental review, re-opening a long-standing definition of "fill material" that could have devastating impacts to the mining sector nationwide. All represent constitutionally dubious legislation by regulation." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Supports TRAIN Act to Halt EPA's Job-Killing Agenda. 27 September 2011. "From day one, this Administration has taken dead aim at the coal industry which is part of the lifeblood of Southern and Eastern Kentucky. The President doesn't want us to mine coal, he doesn't want us to burn coal, and he doesn't have a legitimate low-cost energy alternative to grow Kentucky businesses and help working families. Americans across the country attribute EPA's burdensome regulations with disastrous effects on our nation's economic recovery. The TRAIN Act will bring to light the true costs to our economy and our energy security, and help our job-creators emerge from this paralyzing web of regulatory red-tape. We've got to put our people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. House Passes Bill to Rein in EPA Regulatory Overreach. 13 July 2011. "The actions taken in this funding bill related to the EPA are for good purposes -- to rein in excessive spending and stop job-killing regulations. While the original mission of EPA was to maintain the health of our citizens and prevent future environmental degradation, this agency has become the poster child for this Administration's widespread regulatory overreach and is as a result putting mining, manufacturing, and farming families out of business at a time when some Kentucky counties have 18 percent unemployment. Americans across the country pinpoint harsh regulatory burdens as a major factor in slow job growth and discouraging job creation. We've got to put people back to work, not more dubious regulations on the books." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Hal Rogers voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Hearing of the House Appropriations Committee - FY 2012 Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill. 12 July 2011. "Today, we consider the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior Appropriations bill [¦] It deeply troubles me that Americans across the country -- and across every sector of the economy, from agriculture to manufacturing -- pinpoint harsh regulatory burdens as a main factor in their economic uncertainty. Members on both sides of the aisle agree: This constitutionally dubious "legislation by regulation" must come to an end. This bill sends this message to the agency by capping EPA personnel and taking explicit action to address EPA's wrong-headed greenhouse gas regulations, its de facto moratorium on mining permits in Appalachia and its obstruction of OCS permitting, to name a few. I am hopeful that these provisions are sufficient to prod EPA in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Opposes "Cap and Tax," Supports "All of the Above" Energy Plan. 26 June 2009. "It is unimaginable that in these challenging economic times President Obama and Speaker Pelosi would push Congress to pass a national energy tax under the guise of environmental stewardship - but today they succeeded in doing just that. I voted against this job-killing 'Cap-and-Tax' legislation because every American would have to pay a 'carbon tax' for turning on the lights, driving to work or heating their home throughout the winter. Even more disturbing is the fact that one independent analysis suggested 2.3 to 2.7 million jobs would be lost over the next 20 years under Cap and Tax. At a time when 2.9 million Americans have lost their job this year alone, it is irresponsible and unacceptable to support this reckless bill" (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Strongly Supports Republican Plan For Energy Independence And A Cleaner Environment. 10 June 2009. "Gas prices are rising. Utility rates are going up. And yet, in these challenging economic times, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama are proposing a bill that will dramatically increase energy prices for hard-working families. This so-called 'Cap and Trade' bill that the liberals in Congress are trying to push through Congress would tax you every time you turn on the lights." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers' Radio Actuality On "Cap And Trade". 31 August 2009. "As we head into September I wanted to bring your attention to an important issue that will be facing the Congress in the upcoming months. "Cap and Trade" is a bill that passed the House in June without my support and is now up for debate in the U.S. Senate. Though the bill claims to protect our environment, in reality it is nothing more than a $646 billion "carbon tax" paid by every American, rich or poor and every business, small or large. Every time you turn on your lights, the tax would begin." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 25 July 2011. "It's my hope that this legislation sends the message loud and clear: Legislation by regulation must stop. We've restricted funding for EPA personnel, as well as addressed EPA's flawed greenhouse gas regulations and de facto moratorium on mining permits in Appalachia. It's my hope that provisions like these will return the EPA to a better working order, facilitating a more effective government, sending money where it really needs to go, and removing burdensome barriers to job creation to clear the way for economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers' Response to EPA's Unannounced Visit. 19 August 2011. "I'm thrilled EPA is suddenly taking an interest in southern and eastern Kentucky. I'm hopeful this means my many congressional requests for answers, Congress' repeated calls for restraint, the petitions of coal miners to stop the attacks, and pleas from mining families to end the permit moratorium will be addressed. Unfortunately, this looks like a blatantly political listening tour from people they only want to hear from [¦] Before they leave, I know several thousand coal miners that have been waiting for a chance to chat with them about their livelihoods, their families' well-being and the job-killing regulations of this Administration." (halrogers.house.gov)
  • Hal Rogers. Op-Ed: District-Wide - Putting The Taxpayer First. 15 April 2010. "On the monstrous "Cap and Trade" bill, I voted no because it would increase taxes by $570 billion and take dead aim at our coal industry, jeopardizing thousands of jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Demands Answers from EPA Administrator. 3 March 2011. "EPA is running absolutely roughshod over our country's small businesses, the very engines that propel our economy forward. And you've left nearly every sector of the economy untouched -- agriculture, manufacturing, construction, transportation -- and the lifeblood of my region of the country, Appalachian coal mining. Wrong-headed greenhouse gas regulations, so-called "guidance" on surface mining, the retroactive veto of a coal permit that has undergone more than a decade of environmental review, re-opening a long-standing definition of "fill material" that could have devastating impacts to the mining sector nationwide. All represent constitutionally dubious legislation by regulation." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Supports TRAIN Act to Halt EPA's Job-Killing Agenda. 27 September 2011. "From day one, this Administration has taken dead aim at the coal industry which is part of the lifeblood of Southern and Eastern Kentucky. The President doesn't want us to mine coal, he doesn't want us to burn coal, and he doesn't have a legitimate low-cost energy alternative to grow Kentucky businesses and help working families. Americans across the country attribute EPA's burdensome regulations with disastrous effects on our nation's economic recovery. The TRAIN Act will bring to light the true costs to our economy and our energy security, and help our job-creators emerge from this paralyzing web of regulatory red-tape. We've got to put our people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. House Passes Bill to Rein in EPA Regulatory Overreach. 13 July 2011. "The actions taken in this funding bill related to the EPA are for good purposes -- to rein in excessive spending and stop job-killing regulations. While the original mission of EPA was to maintain the health of our citizens and prevent future environmental degradation, this agency has become the poster child for this Administration's widespread regulatory overreach and is as a result putting mining, manufacturing, and farming families out of business at a time when some Kentucky counties have 18 percent unemployment. Americans across the country pinpoint harsh regulatory burdens as a major factor in slow job growth and discouraging job creation. We've got to put people back to work, not more dubious regulations on the books." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Hal Rogers voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Hearing of the House Appropriations Committee - FY 2012 Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill. 12 July 2011. "Today, we consider the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior Appropriations bill [¦] It deeply troubles me that Americans across the country -- and across every sector of the economy, from agriculture to manufacturing -- pinpoint harsh regulatory burdens as a main factor in their economic uncertainty. Members on both sides of the aisle agree: This constitutionally dubious "legislation by regulation" must come to an end. This bill sends this message to the agency by capping EPA personnel and taking explicit action to address EPA's wrong-headed greenhouse gas regulations, its de facto moratorium on mining permits in Appalachia and its obstruction of OCS permitting, to name a few. I am hopeful that these provisions are sufficient to prod EPA in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Opposes "Cap and Tax," Supports "All of the Above" Energy Plan. 26 June 2009. "It is unimaginable that in these challenging economic times President Obama and Speaker Pelosi would push Congress to pass a national energy tax under the guise of environmental stewardship - but today they succeeded in doing just that. I voted against this job-killing 'Cap-and-Tax' legislation because every American would have to pay a 'carbon tax' for turning on the lights, driving to work or heating their home throughout the winter. Even more disturbing is the fact that one independent analysis suggested 2.3 to 2.7 million jobs would be lost over the next 20 years under Cap and Tax. At a time when 2.9 million Americans have lost their job this year alone, it is irresponsible and unacceptable to support this reckless bill" (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Strongly Supports Republican Plan For Energy Independence And A Cleaner Environment. 10 June 2009. "Gas prices are rising. Utility rates are going up. And yet, in these challenging economic times, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama are proposing a bill that will dramatically increase energy prices for hard-working families. This so-called 'Cap and Trade' bill that the liberals in Congress are trying to push through Congress would tax you every time you turn on the lights." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers' Radio Actuality On "Cap And Trade". 31 August 2009. "As we head into September I wanted to bring your attention to an important issue that will be facing the Congress in the upcoming months. "Cap and Trade" is a bill that passed the House in June without my support and is now up for debate in the U.S. Senate. Though the bill claims to protect our environment, in reality it is nothing more than a $646 billion "carbon tax" paid by every American, rich or poor and every business, small or large. Every time you turn on your lights, the tax would begin." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 25 July 2011. "It's my hope that this legislation sends the message loud and clear: Legislation by regulation must stop. We've restricted funding for EPA personnel, as well as addressed EPA's flawed greenhouse gas regulations and de facto moratorium on mining permits in Appalachia. It's my hope that provisions like these will return the EPA to a better working order, facilitating a more effective government, sending money where it really needs to go, and removing burdensome barriers to job creation to clear the way for economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers' Response to EPA's Unannounced Visit. 19 August 2011. "I'm thrilled EPA is suddenly taking an interest in southern and eastern Kentucky. I'm hopeful this means my many congressional requests for answers, Congress' repeated calls for restraint, the petitions of coal miners to stop the attacks, and pleas from mining families to end the permit moratorium will be addressed. Unfortunately, this looks like a blatantly political listening tour from people they only want to hear from [¦] Before they leave, I know several thousand coal miners that have been waiting for a chance to chat with them about their livelihoods, their families' well-being and the job-killing regulations of this Administration." (halrogers.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Hal Rogers a grade of 73." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Hal Rogers in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Hal Rogers voted Did Not Vote on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Hal Rogers a grade of 73." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Hal Rogers in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Hal Rogers voted Did Not Vote on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Calls for Real Health Care Reform. 18 October 2010. "Our country provides the best medical care in the world - yet many Americans struggle to get the care they need because of the astronomical costs. That is why I support real health care reform that opens up access for all Americans, lowers the cost of health care and health insurance, and enables small businesses to purchase health insurance for their employees. The monstrosity of a health care bill that passed earlier in the year does nothing to lower costs and only imposes more red tape on our small businesses. Furthermore, this bill raises taxes on hard-working Americans and will sink us further into debt. It's time to repeal the bill and get serious about true health care reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers' Statement On Speaker Pelosi's Government Run Health Care Plan. 29 October 2009. "It is no surprise that after weeks of closed door meetings, Speaker Pelosi released yet another version of her government run health care plan. Their latest plan does nothing to control rising health care costs, adds to our already crippling national debt, drastically cuts Medicare and Medicare Advantage which hurts our seniors, and taxes our small businesses and families. I stand with the people of my district who want real reform, not the government dictating to them what is or isn't covered. That is why I support the alternative health care proposals that have been introduced by my House Republican colleagues. The bill I support will lower health care costs and improve access without a massive government intervention. The bill we need would preserve our right to choose our own doctor; protect Medicare and Medicaid, empower small businesses to get better insurance rates, limit junk lawsuits, prevent public funds from paying for abortions, reject a government takeover of our health care system, and would not bankrupt our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Votes to Repeal Job-Killing Health Care Reform Act. 20 January 2011. "For the last two years, the White House has repeatedly ignored the wishes of the American people and pushed through a costly, big government agenda. There is no better example of this disregard than the budget-busting, job-killing health care bill that will add at least $701 billion to our deficit while doing nothing to bring down health care costs. Even worse, government bureaucrats are given greater control of medicine than local doctors and patients. Instead, this boondoggle saddles working families and small businesses with more taxes and costly red tape eventually hindering access to affordable, quality care. The path to greater patient choice and lower costs begins with today's repeal, and as the 112th Congress continues to deliberate on this important issue, I look forward to passing common-sense legislation that will open up access and ensure America's health care system remains the greatest in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers on Health Care Reform. 9 September 2009. "We don't need a new speech. We need a new bill. The bill I support protects Medicare and Medicaid; ensures workers can take their insurance between jobs; allows citizens to shop for insurance across state lines; helps small businesses join together to get a better insurance rate; and limits junk lawsuits against doctors so they don't have to practice "defensive medicine" at a huge expense to the rest of us. The bill we need would preserve our right to choose our own doctor; would prevent public funds from paying for abortions; rejects a huge government bureaucracy to run our health system, ensures individual rights and decisions; and would not bankrupt our nation as the President's plan would." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Health Care. 3 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, everyone agrees that health care is too expensive, and it is not affordable to every American. Everyone also agrees that the American health system is the best in the world for innovation and invention. And polls have shown that most people are happy with their health care. That's why people from all over the world come here to receive health care. So why are we talking about dismantling our great health system, one-sixth of our economy, and replacing it with a government-run health program that will cost $1.5 trillion in borrowed money that will be paid for by our grandkids? We need to work together to bring down the actual costs of health care. Republicans have such a plan: cap lawsuits, giving Americans a real choice by letting them purchase insurance across State lines, allowing small businesses and individuals to join together and pool to purchase less expensive coverage. We need to keep the best system in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Statement On Today's Health Care Vote. 21 March 2010. "Over the last few months, tens of thousands of Kentucky citizens have contacted me, fearful of the potential consequences of this bill and scared for what the future holds. Frankly, so am I, which is why I listened to my constituents today and voted against President Obama's socialistic, experimental takeover of health care. Though much has been made of the complexities of the bill, and the dishonest way it was brought to the floor for debate, the facts are simple: trillions more in government debt for our country; debilitating higher taxes and new government mandates on individuals; more economic woes for our small businesses; rationing of vital health services by government bureaucrats; longer lines at the doctor for our seniors; and the loss of millions more innocent unborn children to abortion [¦] I will work tirelessly to repeal this legislation, and do everything in my power to implement real health care reform that actually lowers costs and opens up access to more people. If we don't take action to reverse this damage, we will go from having the best health care in the world, to a system that is beyond repair." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "We can all agree that health care costs are too high and that we need to open up access for more Americans. That being said, we need to pass a bill that actually cuts costs and increases access rather than a government-run takeover of health care. I cannot support Speaker Pelosi's monstrosity of a bill because it puts a Washington bureaucrat between individuals and their doctor, it adds to our enormous debt in Washington, and, even more frightening, it will limit health care availability in rural regions like southern and eastern Kentucky." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Calls for Real Health Care Reform. 18 October 2010. "Our country provides the best medical care in the world - yet many Americans struggle to get the care they need because of the astronomical costs. That is why I support real health care reform that opens up access for all Americans, lowers the cost of health care and health insurance, and enables small businesses to purchase health insurance for their employees. The monstrosity of a health care bill that passed earlier in the year does nothing to lower costs and only imposes more red tape on our small businesses. Furthermore, this bill raises taxes on hard-working Americans and will sink us further into debt. It's time to repeal the bill and get serious about true health care reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers' Statement On Speaker Pelosi's Government Run Health Care Plan. 29 October 2009. "It is no surprise that after weeks of closed door meetings, Speaker Pelosi released yet another version of her government run health care plan. Their latest plan does nothing to control rising health care costs, adds to our already crippling national debt, drastically cuts Medicare and Medicare Advantage which hurts our seniors, and taxes our small businesses and families. I stand with the people of my district who want real reform, not the government dictating to them what is or isn't covered. That is why I support the alternative health care proposals that have been introduced by my House Republican colleagues. The bill I support will lower health care costs and improve access without a massive government intervention. The bill we need would preserve our right to choose our own doctor; protect Medicare and Medicaid, empower small businesses to get better insurance rates, limit junk lawsuits, prevent public funds from paying for abortions, reject a government takeover of our health care system, and would not bankrupt our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Votes to Repeal Job-Killing Health Care Reform Act. 20 January 2011. "For the last two years, the White House has repeatedly ignored the wishes of the American people and pushed through a costly, big government agenda. There is no better example of this disregard than the budget-busting, job-killing health care bill that will add at least $701 billion to our deficit while doing nothing to bring down health care costs. Even worse, government bureaucrats are given greater control of medicine than local doctors and patients. Instead, this boondoggle saddles working families and small businesses with more taxes and costly red tape eventually hindering access to affordable, quality care. The path to greater patient choice and lower costs begins with today's repeal, and as the 112th Congress continues to deliberate on this important issue, I look forward to passing common-sense legislation that will open up access and ensure America's health care system remains the greatest in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers on Health Care Reform. 9 September 2009. "We don't need a new speech. We need a new bill. The bill I support protects Medicare and Medicaid; ensures workers can take their insurance between jobs; allows citizens to shop for insurance across state lines; helps small businesses join together to get a better insurance rate; and limits junk lawsuits against doctors so they don't have to practice "defensive medicine" at a huge expense to the rest of us. The bill we need would preserve our right to choose our own doctor; would prevent public funds from paying for abortions; rejects a huge government bureaucracy to run our health system, ensures individual rights and decisions; and would not bankrupt our nation as the President's plan would." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Health Care. 3 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, everyone agrees that health care is too expensive, and it is not affordable to every American. Everyone also agrees that the American health system is the best in the world for innovation and invention. And polls have shown that most people are happy with their health care. That's why people from all over the world come here to receive health care. So why are we talking about dismantling our great health system, one-sixth of our economy, and replacing it with a government-run health program that will cost $1.5 trillion in borrowed money that will be paid for by our grandkids? We need to work together to bring down the actual costs of health care. Republicans have such a plan: cap lawsuits, giving Americans a real choice by letting them purchase insurance across State lines, allowing small businesses and individuals to join together and pool to purchase less expensive coverage. We need to keep the best system in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Rogers Statement On Today's Health Care Vote. 21 March 2010. "Over the last few months, tens of thousands of Kentucky citizens have contacted me, fearful of the potential consequences of this bill and scared for what the future holds. Frankly, so am I, which is why I listened to my constituents today and voted against President Obama's socialistic, experimental takeover of health care. Though much has been made of the complexities of the bill, and the dishonest way it was brought to the floor for debate, the facts are simple: trillions more in government debt for our country; debilitating higher taxes and new government mandates on individuals; more economic woes for our small businesses; rationing of vital health services by government bureaucrats; longer lines at the doctor for our seniors; and the loss of millions more innocent unborn children to abortion [¦] I will work tirelessly to repeal this legislation, and do everything in my power to implement real health care reform that actually lowers costs and opens up access to more people. If we don't take action to reverse this damage, we will go from having the best health care in the world, to a system that is beyond repair." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "We can all agree that health care costs are too high and that we need to open up access for more Americans. That being said, we need to pass a bill that actually cuts costs and increases access rather than a government-run takeover of health care. I cannot support Speaker Pelosi's monstrosity of a bill because it puts a Washington bureaucrat between individuals and their doctor, it adds to our enormous debt in Washington, and, even more frightening, it will limit health care availability in rural regions like southern and eastern Kentucky." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Hal Rogers in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Hal Rogers in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007. 25 May 2006. "Mr. Chairman, I am pleased to be here to present the fiscal year 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill [¦] For border security and immigration enforcement, the bill is also generous. We provide $19.6 billion, including almost $4 billion for the Secure Border Initiative. Again, these funds do not come without strings. Strategic and expenditure plans must be submitted for this effort. Unless the Department can show us exactly what we are buying, we will not fund it. Since 1995, spending on border security has quadrupled from $5.1 billion to over $17.9 billion. And the number of Border Patrol agents has more than doubled from 5,000 to 12,319. However, during this same period, the number of illegal immigrants has jumped from 5 million to an estimated 12 million people. The policy of more money and no results is no longer in effect." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Issue Position: Border Security. 14 October 2011. "Finally, I have also stated publicly that I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. Amnesty only undermines the rule of law, rewards those who break the law, and harms our citizens who are working and living in the United States legally. I do not support legislation that effectively discriminates against law-abiding Americans properly working and living in our communities, or tramples on basic, fundamental principles including the rule of law and the sovereignty of a nation to maintain and protect its borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Op-Ed: A Question of Priorities. 10 September 2010. "Likewise, the recently enacted border security supplemental marked a complete reversal from the president's original proposal to cut the Border Patrol's funding and reduce border aviation assets. Enacted so late in the process, its immediate impact will be negligible and, perhaps worst of all, it will do nothing to address interior enforcement of our immigration laws. Lest we forget, 9/11 was perpetrated by terrorists already in our country, many of whom exploited our legal immigration system. The Democrats ostensibly acted upon these two security measures only out of political expediency, not out of honest resolve and urgency. Meanwhile, the White House's current immigration policy -- suing states for enforcing federal law and offering "virtual amnesty" to illegal immigrants -- is patently dangerous." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Op-Ed: U.S. Lags On Sending Illegal Immigrants Away. 22 March 2010. "The Obama administration is practically out of the business of deporting illegal immigrants arrested at work sites in America. It has instituted a new version of "catch and release." What the new policy should be called is "virtual amnesty [¦] While no one is arguing against ICE's laudable efforts to lock up criminal aliens, let's be clear about what this immigration enforcement policy shift really amounts to “ amnesty. We have far too much at stake to play politics with the mission of ICE. Regardless of one's opinion on comprehensive immigration reform, ICE still has a duty to use every tool at its disposal to fulfill its mandates and improve our homeland security. We need to fully enforce our immigration laws so that terrorists can be stopped, Americans have a fair shot at getting a job and the violent drug cartels are prevented from spreading their poison through our borders. Failure in this regard is simply not an option." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Secure Border Initiative: Funding and Results. 27 February 2007. "For years we've thrown millions of dollars at our border security problems - in fact, this Subcommittee has provided over $40 billion in the last two years towards border security and immigration enforcement. But what is different today is the robust oversight and planning requirements of Congress and the innovative SBI approach - an approach that, for the first time in our history, has looked at border security and immigration enforcement as one system, as opposed to a disjointed organization where roles and responsibilities simply fall through the cracks. As a result, DHS has changed the way the Federal government approaches this complex issue, removed bottlenecks, and realized greater efficiency at the detection, interdiction, apprehension, and removal of illegal aliens. So what we've learned is that this problem is as much about resources as it is about process improvement and strategic planning. Today I want to congratulate the Department on making real progress." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Hal Rogers in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Hal Rogers in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007. 25 May 2006. "Mr. Chairman, I am pleased to be here to present the fiscal year 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill [¦] For border security and immigration enforcement, the bill is also generous. We provide $19.6 billion, including almost $4 billion for the Secure Border Initiative. Again, these funds do not come without strings. Strategic and expenditure plans must be submitted for this effort. Unless the Department can show us exactly what we are buying, we will not fund it. Since 1995, spending on border security has quadrupled from $5.1 billion to over $17.9 billion. And the number of Border Patrol agents has more than doubled from 5,000 to 12,319. However, during this same period, the number of illegal immigrants has jumped from 5 million to an estimated 12 million people. The policy of more money and no results is no longer in effect." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Issue Position: Border Security. 14 October 2011. "Finally, I have also stated publicly that I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. Amnesty only undermines the rule of law, rewards those who break the law, and harms our citizens who are working and living in the United States legally. I do not support legislation that effectively discriminates against law-abiding Americans properly working and living in our communities, or tramples on basic, fundamental principles including the rule of law and the sovereignty of a nation to maintain and protect its borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Op-Ed: A Question of Priorities. 10 September 2010. "Likewise, the recently enacted border security supplemental marked a complete reversal from the president's original proposal to cut the Border Patrol's funding and reduce border aviation assets. Enacted so late in the process, its immediate impact will be negligible and, perhaps worst of all, it will do nothing to address interior enforcement of our immigration laws. Lest we forget, 9/11 was perpetrated by terrorists already in our country, many of whom exploited our legal immigration system. The Democrats ostensibly acted upon these two security measures only out of political expediency, not out of honest resolve and urgency. Meanwhile, the White House's current immigration policy -- suing states for enforcing federal law and offering "virtual amnesty" to illegal immigrants -- is patently dangerous." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Op-Ed: U.S. Lags On Sending Illegal Immigrants Away. 22 March 2010. "The Obama administration is practically out of the business of deporting illegal immigrants arrested at work sites in America. It has instituted a new version of "catch and release." What the new policy should be called is "virtual amnesty [¦] While no one is arguing against ICE's laudable efforts to lock up criminal aliens, let's be clear about what this immigration enforcement policy shift really amounts to “ amnesty. We have far too much at stake to play politics with the mission of ICE. Regardless of one's opinion on comprehensive immigration reform, ICE still has a duty to use every tool at its disposal to fulfill its mandates and improve our homeland security. We need to fully enforce our immigration laws so that terrorists can be stopped, Americans have a fair shot at getting a job and the violent drug cartels are prevented from spreading their poison through our borders. Failure in this regard is simply not an option." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Secure Border Initiative: Funding and Results. 27 February 2007. "For years we've thrown millions of dollars at our border security problems - in fact, this Subcommittee has provided over $40 billion in the last two years towards border security and immigration enforcement. But what is different today is the robust oversight and planning requirements of Congress and the innovative SBI approach - an approach that, for the first time in our history, has looked at border security and immigration enforcement as one system, as opposed to a disjointed organization where roles and responsibilities simply fall through the cracks. As a result, DHS has changed the way the Federal government approaches this complex issue, removed bottlenecks, and realized greater efficiency at the detection, interdiction, apprehension, and removal of illegal aliens. So what we've learned is that this problem is as much about resources as it is about process improvement and strategic planning. Today I want to congratulate the Department on making real progress." (votesmart.org)
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  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 9 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Hal Rogers voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 9 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Hal Rogers voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Hal Rogers voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Hal Rogers voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Hal Rogers. Conference Report On H.R. 2892, Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010. 15 October 2009. "So I am thankful that we were able to hammer out an agreement in conference, for the most part. After all, the safety and security of our Nation's citizens should be the number one priority of the Congress. This urgency is underscored by the recent terrorism cases being investigated in Colorado, New York, Texas, Illinois and North Carolina, as well as the persistent acts of terrorism and violence by radical extremists overseas. What this terrorist activity tells me is that real security demands persistent commitment. Eight years after 9/11 and 6 years after the Department was created, we must remain vigilant in addressing every threat and every vulnerability. I am pleased to see the conference report is willing to honor that commitment by properly resourcing our homeland security needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. House Approves Defense Funding Bill for Fiscal Year 2012. 7 August 2011. "As our soldiers and Marines continue to put their lives on the line to eliminate terrorism and protect freedom around the globe, Congress must provide the necessary support and funding in a timely manner to keep them safe and well-equipped. This bill sustains our military readiness, facilitating the continued modernization of our national defense systems and preserving the American Armed Forces as the greatest military in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Conference Report On H.R. 2892, Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010. 15 October 2009. "So I am thankful that we were able to hammer out an agreement in conference, for the most part. After all, the safety and security of our Nation's citizens should be the number one priority of the Congress. This urgency is underscored by the recent terrorism cases being investigated in Colorado, New York, Texas, Illinois and North Carolina, as well as the persistent acts of terrorism and violence by radical extremists overseas. What this terrorist activity tells me is that real security demands persistent commitment. Eight years after 9/11 and 6 years after the Department was created, we must remain vigilant in addressing every threat and every vulnerability. I am pleased to see the conference report is willing to honor that commitment by properly resourcing our homeland security needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. House Approves Defense Funding Bill for Fiscal Year 2012. 7 August 2011. "As our soldiers and Marines continue to put their lives on the line to eliminate terrorism and protect freedom around the globe, Congress must provide the necessary support and funding in a timely manner to keep them safe and well-equipped. This bill sustains our military readiness, facilitating the continued modernization of our national defense systems and preserving the American Armed Forces as the greatest military in the world." (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

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  • Hal Rogers. Issue Position: Social Security. 17 October 2011. "Social Security is vital to the stability of America's seniors and the millions of hard-working families that count on this program to help them through their retirement years. I believe Congress has a responsibility to protect and preserve Social Security for today's retirees and workers. I am committed to keeping this program strong and will oppose any changes that jeopardize the benefits our seniors receive today." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011. 15 March 2011. "I rise today to support H.J. Res. 48, the fiscal year 2011 further continuing appropriations resolution. This temporary CR will allow us to avoid a government shutdown that could otherwise occur on March 18, while cutting spending by $6 billion to control our Nation's staggering deficits and to facilitate the continued recovery of our Nation's economy [¦] Nothing in the CR would cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, nor would it privatize Social Security. We are totally committed in this bill to saving Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Hal Rogers supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Issue Position: Social Security. 17 October 2011. "Social Security is vital to the stability of America's seniors and the millions of hard-working families that count on this program to help them through their retirement years. I believe Congress has a responsibility to protect and preserve Social Security for today's retirees and workers. I am committed to keeping this program strong and will oppose any changes that jeopardize the benefits our seniors receive today." (votesmart.org)
  • Hal Rogers. Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011. 15 March 2011. "I rise today to support H.J. Res. 48, the fiscal year 2011 further continuing appropriations resolution. This temporary CR will allow us to avoid a government shutdown that could otherwise occur on March 18, while cutting spending by $6 billion to control our Nation's staggering deficits and to facilitate the continued recovery of our Nation's economy [¦] Nothing in the CR would cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, nor would it privatize Social Security. We are totally committed in this bill to saving Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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