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Roscoe Bartlett's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Roscoe Bartlett refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Issue Position: Life Issues. 11 November 2011. "I believe, the entire abortion debate hinges on the single question of when life begins. I believe that life begins when the woman becomes pregnant, and therefore, abortion is the unjustified taking of human life. I support legislation that protects the life of unborn children. The Constitution protects the freedom of the people to express their moral and religious views and their right to life. I will continue to work to uphold the Constitution and protect the right to life. I will also continue to work to restore the value of human life and fight for the rights of unborn members of the human family." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Roscoe Bartlett in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 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 Roscoe Bartlett a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "Abortion should only be used in the cases of incest, rape or the life of the mother."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "Abortion should only be used in the cases of incest, rape or the life of the mother."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I would like to qualify my answers to a, b, and c. I support the mission in Afghanistan to the extent that we are focused on defeating those that mean our country harm. My job in Congress is to ensure that the troops have the necessary weapons and equipment. Any increases in military assistance should be focused on our troops and any economic development assistance must be tied to our goals. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I would like to qualify my answers to a, b, and c. I support the mission in Afghanistan to the extent that we are focused on defeating those that mean our country harm. My job in Congress is to ensure that the troops have the necessary weapons and equipment. Any increases in military assistance should be focused on our troops and any economic development assistance must be tied to our goals. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett Optimistic After Leading Congressional Delegation Trip to Afghanistan. 8 March 2011. "I am very glad I went on this trip. I have come back optimistic about achieving the goal of starting a drawdown of our forces sometime in 2011 so that in 2014 we will be able to turn over security for Afghanistan to the Afghans. The Afghans and Americans share two key goals. We want to help them to stabilize their country. They want our help to stabilize their country. We want to leave Afghanistan. They don't want us to stay in Afghanistan. I don't expect much of a drawdown this year. I am hopeful for a rapid drawdown after Afghans assume full control [¦] As Gen. Petraeus notes, the surge is barely completed. We have made progress but it is fragile and reversible." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution: House of Representatives. 17 March 2011. "If our only reason for being in Afghanistan was to deny sanctuary to al Qaeda, I probably would have asked time from the gentleman from Ohio and be speaking from the other side, because when we are successful in Afghanistan, that will not have denied sanctuary to al Qaeda because they will simply go over into Pakistan. If not there, they'll go to Yemen and Somalia. If we leave Afghanistan now or if we leave Afghanistan before victory in Afghanistan, we will have sent a message to the world that their suspicions are really true, that all you have to do to the United States is make it tough for them and they will pull out. We did it in Beirut. We did it in Somalia. It is absolutely essential that we win here, or our credibility is gone forever as a major player in geopolitical things in the world. A second good reason for staying in Afghanistan is that if we can have a fledgling democracy there, that will send a very powerful message to the Middle East from which most of the world's oil comes. There is a lot of upheaval there, and a stable democracy in Afghanistan would be enormously important." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Any public discussion on spending must include a discussion about entitlement spending that is why I am a cosponsor (one of only 12 members of Congress) of the only bill before Congress that addresses comprehensive entitlement reform, Road Map for America?s Future, HR 4529. It provides health and retirement security, lifts the debt burden and promotes job creation. While this not a popular bill yet, its remedies will help avert a major debt crisis. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Elimination of Federal Funding for programs not authorized by the Constitution"
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Any public discussion on spending must include a discussion about entitlement spending that is why I am a cosponsor (one of only 12 members of Congress) of the only bill before Congress that addresses comprehensive entitlement reform, Road Map for America?s Future, HR 4529. It provides health and retirement security, lifts the debt burden and promotes job creation. While this not a popular bill yet, its remedies will help avert a major debt crisis. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett Announces $52.1 Million in Federal Funding That He Secured for Projects by District Six and Maryland Companies. 21 June 2005. "As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and chairman of its Projection Forces Subcommittee, I discovered this year a number of items which were not included in the President's budget but are necessary technologies for the military. Funding for these important projects would not have been in the House bill except for my efforts. These additional provisions will improve our military capabilities while ensuring jobs for Marylanders. Now, more than ever, the men and women in our military need these additional tools so that we can win the war against terrorism abroad and prevent terrorist attacks at home." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Congressman Bartlett Reviews Recent Developments. 30 July 2004. "Congress approved the Defense Appropriations Conference Report for funding our Armed Forces next year. The bill is awaiting the President's signature. I assisted in securing $79 million in federal funds within the bill for better tools and resources for our men and women serving in the military and jobs for Marylanders. Overall, the bill provides $416.2 billion in new discretionary spending authority for the Department of Defense for functions under the House and Senate Defense Subcommittees' jurisdiction. This includes $25 billion in emergency spending requested by the President for early fiscal year 2005 costs associated with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Is $1.6 billion below the President's amended FY 2005 budget request of $417.8 billion. Reflects an increase of $23.8 billion over amounts provided in FY 2004, excluding the FY 2004 Iraq Supplemental and the $25 billion Emergency Wartime Appropriation provided in FY 2005. Supports operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, provides the resources to prosecute the Global War on Terrorism, and increases funding for intelligence activities. Fully funds military pay, benefits, and medical programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Hearing Of The House Armed Services Committee - Department Of Defense Budget Request For Fiscal Year 2010. 13 May 2009. "The challenges before us are great: We have two wars to fight and to win. We have the spread of violent extremism to roll back. We have what seems to be an ever-increasing array of new challenges to deal with, from high-tech cyber attacks to old-fashioned pirates. Last Thursday, President Obama submitted his budget request, which includes $533 billion for the Department of Defense, which represents an increase of 4 percent from last year. These are tough economic times. Everyone knows that. And so I'm encouraged to see some modest growth in the Defense spending, even as the president attempts to strike a fiscally responsible balance. Still, I expect that we will find that the Department of Defense will have serious and compelling unmet requirements. It will be incumbent upon us to recognize them and mitigate the risk that they represent." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Letter to Rumsfeld Critical of Proposed National Guard Cutbacks. 6 February 2007. "The United States has the strongest military in the world due in large part to our commitment to an all-volunteer integrated force structure. The National Guard is an integral and vital component of our Global War on Terror. Anything less than a fully manned and equipped National Guard is unacceptable and during a time of war is perilous [¦] We are seriously concerned that the proposed cuts do not take into account our current operational and strategic needs. We ask that you reassess these proposals and present Congress with necessary justification before any decision to draw down National Guard manpower or equipment is finalized." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Letter to the Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. 30 September 2010. "Recently Secretary Gates announced broad plans to reduce costs in the Department of Defense and re-appropriate those savings throughout the Department. As part of this plan, the Secretary announced three longer term projects and eight initiatives that he plans to begin implementing immediately. These eight initiatives have the ability to affect the Department, its ability to effectively fulfill its mission, and the security of the nation. A decision of this magnitude should not be made without careful reflection, supported by rigorous analysis. We have been told by the Department that the Secretary had several meetings and reviewed these decisions carefully. However, it seems clear that this decision did not carefully consider the national defense implications of such a change, nor is the decision substantiated with any sort of calculation of the direct and indirect costs to our national defense structure. In addition, no information has been provided by the Department to demonstrate any level of analysis, either financial or strategic, to determine what risks are being introduced into our national security strategy and how we are to mitigate these new risks." (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

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 17 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 86 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Roscoe Bartlett signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Alabama 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

  • Roscoe Bartlett. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett Says "Let Your Voice Be Heard" and Force Congress to Cut Spending. 25 June 2011. "The solution to the spending problem in Washington won't come from the President and the Democratic majority in Congress because they want to spend more, not less. We can't reduce our $13 trillion National Debt and prevent a debt crisis like Greece and the EU unless we start cutting spending now." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett Emphasizes the Importance of Getting Money Out of Washington to Stimulate the Economy. 29 January 2009. "I am hopeful the Senate will quickly follow the lead of the House and move money OUT of Washington, DC and into the hands of people who will spend it much more wisely than government bureaucrats. That is the best part of the economic stimulus package approved today. I am also pleased that a significant portion of the money in this package is directed to provide tax relief to small businesses so that they can create jobs. Small businesses are the engine of our economy. Small businesses represent more than 99 percent of all employers, employing 51 percent of private-sector workers and 40 percent of workers in high-tech jobs. Small businesses produce 60 to 80 percent of all the new jobs. Senators need to remember that calling a policy proposal a stimulus doesn't mean that it will actually strengthen the economy. The federal government will be borrowing money from our children and grandchildren to pay for this stimulus package. To strengthen our economy, the stimulus package has to help entrepreneurs and small businesses make investments this year that will create new jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Issue Position: Economy. "On January 27, 2009, one day before the scheduled vote on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (HR1 , also known as the Pelosi-Reid Plan) President Obama came to Capitol Hill and spent only one hour with the House GOP members. During this time I had an opportunity to voice my concerns to our new president about the effectiveness of HR 1. I am terribly concerned that we do not repeat the mistakes of our past and the ones which also caused a decade long recession in Japan. New and expanded government was not the solution then and it is not the solution now." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Congressman Bartlett Says Democratic Majority Ends 2009 The Same Way It Began By Spending Our Children's Money On More Big Government. 15 December 2009. "Today, the House voted to increase the national debt another $290 billion by raising our debt ceiling to $12,394,000,000,000. That's 12 and a quarter trillion dollars -- $39,000 for every man, woman and child in America. But it's actually worse than that. If Congress used the accrual accounting method required of businesses instead of Enron-style accounting, we would have to admit to taxpayers that total federal government liabilities are more like $60 trillion. Then the Congressional Majority turned around and approved another $150 billion in deficit spending for a second stimulus bill. Just like the first $1 trillion stimulus bill, the second one spends most of the borrowed money on government workers. Keeping government workers employed doesn't create new jobs. Only a revival of private sector job creation will restore our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 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 Roscoe Bartlett a rating of 94 percent." (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

  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
No 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

  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Issue Position: Education. 11 November 2011. "As a teacher for 23 years, I understand the importance of the investment in our educational system. Our future leaders will not have the skills to compete in a global economy or at institutions of higher learning if we do not maintain fundamental as well as competitive educational resources within our local schools [¦] I am concerned that the federal dollars, which make it to our school systems, come with significant strings attached. Our federal government should have a limited role in our educational system, as local control of education is paramount to the future success of our children. While federal efforts are often touted as effective and innovative, many have mutated into burdensome mandates to financially blackmail our schools into compliance. We must return control to the teachers, parents, and school administrators wherever possible, because I know that your potential impact on our youth is unrivaled by any bureaucrat in Washington, D.C. or Annapolis, Maryland." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Education is best and more efficiently administered on a local level with parents and teachers being the primary decision makers. Federal one size fits all programs waste money and target resources where they may not be needed. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Eliminate" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Eliminate" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Elimination of Federal Funding for programs not authorized by the Constitution"
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Education is best and more efficiently administered on a local level with parents and teachers being the primary decision makers. Federal one size fits all programs waste money and target resources where they may not be needed. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Eliminate" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Any public discussion on spending must include a discussion about entitlement spending that is why I am a cosponsor (one of only 12 members of Congress) of the only bill before Congress that addresses comprehensive entitlement reform, Road Map for America?s Future, HR 4529. It provides health and retirement security, lifts the debt burden and promotes job creation. While this not a popular bill yet, its remedies will help avert a major debt crisis. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Education is best and more efficiently administered on a local level with parents and teachers being the primary decision makers. Federal one size fits all programs waste money and target resources where they may not be needed. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Eliminate" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Any public discussion on spending must include a discussion about entitlement spending that is why I am a cosponsor (one of only 12 members of Congress) of the only bill before Congress that addresses comprehensive entitlement reform, Road Map for America?s Future, HR 4529. It provides health and retirement security, lifts the debt burden and promotes job creation. While this not a popular bill yet, its remedies will help avert a major debt crisis. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Education is best and more efficiently administered on a local level with parents and teachers being the primary decision makers. Federal one size fits all programs waste money and target resources where they may not be needed. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Eliminate" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "The energy issue is not only a domestic issue but a security issue as well. I advocate policies to support a transition from dependence upon finite fossil fuels, particularly imported oil, to domestic renewable resources. To accomplish this, we need to provide incentives for conservation and energy efficiency and we need to be careful that biofuels do not reduce food supplies. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "The energy issue is not only a domestic issue but a security issue as well. I advocate policies to support a transition from dependence upon finite fossil fuels, particularly imported oil, to domestic renewable resources. To accomplish this, we need to provide incentives for conservation and energy efficiency and we need to be careful that biofuels do not reduce food supplies. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "The energy issue is not only a domestic issue but a security issue as well. I advocate policies to support a transition from dependence upon finite fossil fuels, particularly imported oil, to domestic renewable resources. To accomplish this, we need to provide incentives for conservation and energy efficiency and we need to be careful that biofuels do not reduce food supplies. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution." Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Utilize risk assessment to educate the public about environmental protection. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "The energy issue is not only a domestic issue but a security issue as well. I advocate policies to support a transition from dependence upon finite fossil fuels, particularly imported oil, to domestic renewable resources. To accomplish this, we need to provide incentives for conservation and energy efficiency and we need to be careful that biofuels do not reduce food supplies. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "The energy issue is not only a domestic issue but a security issue as well. I advocate policies to support a transition from dependence upon finite fossil fuels, particularly imported oil, to domestic renewable resources. To accomplish this, we need to provide incentives for conservation and energy efficiency and we need to be careful that biofuels do not reduce food supplies. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Law abiding citizens have a Constitutional right to "keep and bear Arms." "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Instant Background checks"
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Instant Background checks"
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Law abiding citizens have a Constitutional right to "keep and bear Arms." "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Law abiding citizens have a Constitutional right to "keep and bear Arms." "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Law abiding citizens have a Constitutional right to "keep and bear Arms." "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Bartlett Applauds Landmark Decision Striking Down DC Gun Ban. 26 June 2008. "The Supreme Court finally addressed the meaning of the Second Amendment and rightfully decided that the Second Amendment is written to protect the fundamental and individual right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution clearly protects an individual's right to have a gun. If we are to honor and uphold our Constitution, this right cannot be infringed." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Roscoe Bartlett in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Roscoe Bartlett a grade of 100." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Issue Position: Gun Rights. 11 November 2011. "I have consistently voted to protect American's second amendment rights. In the 110th Congress, I have reintroduced the Citizens' Self-Defense Act of 2007 (H. R. 73), which protects the right of all Americans to own a gun and use it in the defense of self, family and home. The Citizens' Self-Defense Act reaffirms the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and puts criminals on notice that law abiding citizens can and will use deadly force, if necessary, to defend themselves, their family or their home. If we are to honor and uphold our Constitution, this right cannot be infringed." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Issue Position: Gun Rights. "In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court of the United Sates ruled that an individual's right to possess a firearm and use it for self-defense in the home, is protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution. This reaffirms the need for a federal statute in support of the Supreme Court's decision. It is illogical and unfair that current crime prevention tactics intend to make society safer by denying law abiding citizens the right to defend themselves with a firearm. Such policy fails to recognize that criminals, not guns, cause crime and violence. Making guns more difficult to obtain legally will only expand the black market, the primary source of firearms for criminals." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Issue Position: Second Amendment. "The authors of our Constitution were very clear, 'A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.' Clearly, the intention was not only to allow the citizenry to defend against an oppressive government. The framers of the Constitution believed that by providing for their own defense, law abiding citizens should share in the responsibility of maintaining law and order. The anti-gun lobby fails to recognize that denying law-abiding citizens the right to own firearms only serves the interests of criminals." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I did not vote for the Obama Health Care Law and I support repealing it. Regarding D- I support punitive limits on damages. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I did not vote for the Obama Health Care Law and I support repealing it. Regarding D- I support punitive limits on damages. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (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

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  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "By "pathway to citizenship" I believe you mean amnesty and I oppose amnesty. Bad behavior should not be rewarded. Regarding C, my voting record reflects that I support establishing English as the official national language. Regarding D, I have assisted our local Sheriff with the establishment of 287g program --the only one in the state. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "By "pathway to citizenship" I believe you mean amnesty and I oppose amnesty. Bad behavior should not be rewarded. Regarding C, my voting record reflects that I support establishing English as the official national language. Regarding D, I have assisted our local Sheriff with the establishment of 287g program --the only one in the state. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Roscoe Bartlett in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Roscoe Bartlett in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. 72 Members Tell Senate: Enforcement First, No Amnesty. 16 March 2006. "As you know, the House of Representatives passed an immigration reform bill in December [¦] We are concerned that some of these proposals are fundamentally incompatible with the desire of the American public for real immigration reform - and their clear opposition to reform proposals that amount to little more than thinly disguised attempts to provide amnesty [¦] No Amnesty: Rewarding persons who have broken the law with an advantage that they would not otherwise have had encourages more illegal behavior and is unjust to immigrants who came to the U.S. legally." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett Opposes Flawed Immigration Bill. 16 December 2005. "We need a comprehensive immigration reform bill after more review, scrutiny and debate. When Congress rushes, the American public loses. We need to penalize rather than reward illegal immigration. There are also national security concerns. We need to both find and deport dangerous illegal aliens within our borders and improve border controls to reduce illegal immigration and stop terrorists from coming into this country. We need a credible and reliable employment verification system." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Issue Position: Immigration. "We are a nation of laws and we must enforce these laws not only for the safety of our nation and its citizens but, also, to signify that as a nation we do not reward illegal behavior. Ineffective immigration policy translates to a loss of jobs, lower wages for American workers and drastically increased costs to government. I have voted against and oppose amnesty for illegal aliens. Amnesty would undermine America's foundation as a country based upon the rule of law. I support legislation to improve enforcement of existing laws against illegal immigration. That is why I have supported bills to increase and improve border security, including building more and better fences along part of our southern border crossed by most illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?" Social Issues Other or expanded principles: "Regarding question "C", I support embryonic stem cell research only when it does not destroy the embryo. I have a PhD in Human Physiology and I know it can be done. Medical innovation should not involve destroying life. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Roscoe Bartlett in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 36 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Roscoe Bartlett voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Roscoe Bartlett voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (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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  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I would like to qualify my answers to a, b, and c. I support the mission in Afghanistan to the extent that we are focused on defeating those that mean our country harm. My job in Congress is to ensure that the troops have the necessary weapons and equipment. Any increases in military assistance should be focused on our troops and any economic development assistance must be tied to our goals. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Winning the War and Withdrawing from Iraq As Soon as Possible, but under Conditions-Based Benchmarks to Achieve Mission Success, Not Arbitrary Dates. 16 June 2006. "I would have hoped to have voted for a resolution outlining mission success as a conditions-based withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq to accelerate winning the Global War on Terror. I have enormous respect for my colleague Congressman Jack Murtha with whom I have served on the Armed Services Committee for fourteen years. Congressman Murtha has argued that the continued presence of U.S. troops in Iraq is undermining our successful prosecution of the Global War on Terror." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs. 14 November 2011. "A stable, democratic, economically thriving Pakistan is considered vital to U.S. interests in Asia. Key U.S. concerns regarding Pakistan include regional terrorism; weapons proliferation; the ongoing Kashmir problem and Pakistan-India tensions; human rights protection; and economic development. A U.S.-Pakistan relationship marked by periods of both cooperation and discord was transformed by the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States and the ensuing enlistment of Pakistan as a pivotal ally in U.S.-led counterterrorism efforts. Top U.S. officials regularly praise Islamabad for its ongoing cooperation, although doubts exist about Islamabad's commitment to some core U.S. interests in the region. Pakistan is identified as a base for terrorist groups and their supporters operating in Kashmir, India, and Afghanistan. Pakistan continues to face serious problems, including domestic terrorism and human rights violations. Since late 2003, Pakistan's army has been conducting unprecedented counterterrorism operations in traditionally autonomous western tribal areas." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Issue Position: Improving Our Terrorism Defenses. "My highest priority is strengthening our Armed Services and intelligence capabilities to track down, eliminate or capture terrorists overseas instead of here at home. Fort Detrick in the Sixth District is leading America's efforts to improve our defenses and deterrence against biochemical terrorist attacks. Strengthening our border, port security and law enforcement capabilities including reducing illegal immigration will make it harder for terrorists to attack the United States. Businesses should increase the security of their facilities and operations. To further deter terrorism, all Americans should be more vigilant to report potential threats and become better prepared to respond to attacks." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett Says the Death of Osama bin Laden is not the End of War Against Americans. 2 May 2011. "Osama bin Laden's death is a huge psychological victory for Americans. However, the fact that Osama bin Laden had been living for months in a million dollar compound surrounded by Pakistani military facilities and personnel makes it clear that bin Laden's death is not the end of the war against the United States and our allies by al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Americans need to understand that there are thousands of others prepared to take his place. Many sympathetic to bin Laden's cause will be emboldened by his death. It's hard to believe that people in power in Pakistan had no idea that someone like Osama bin Laden was there." (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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  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "Job training programs are best administered on a local level. "
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Roscoe Bartlett supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Roscoe Bartlett. Issue Position: Social Security. 11 November 2011. "As a senior citizen myself, I am dedicating myself to preserving Social Security for current and future generations. Over the years, the list of concerns over Social Security has been growing. As with many government programs, Social Security frequently suffers from lack of supervision and oversight. Social Security is projected to be bankrupt by 2042 as more baby boom generation workers continue to retire and life expectancy increases. Although there are currently no plans to reform Social Security, this will most certainly be an issue as the fund continues to run out. Please rest assured, my priorities are not to further a political agenda, but to preserve Social Security for the benefit of our nation's seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Andrew Schotz. Bartlett Takes Questions At Town Hall Meeting: The Herald Mail. 17 August 2010. "On the possibility of privatizing Social Security, Bartlett said people should be free to invest their own money. 'This year, for the first time, Social Security paid out more than it took in,' Bartlett said, adding that the tipping point occurred sooner than expected." (articles.herald-mail.com)

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Maryland Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

Abortion should only be used in the cases of incest, rape or the life of the mother.

1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Greatly Increase3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Increase6) Research and development of new weapons
Eliminated) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Eliminatel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Any public discussion on spending must include a discussion about entitlement spending that is why I am a cosponsor (one of only 12 members of Congress) of the only bill before Congress that addresses comprehensive entitlement reform, Road Map for America?s Future, HR 4529. It provides health and retirement security, lifts the debt burden and promotes job creation. While this not a popular bill yet, its remedies will help avert a major debt crisis.

2) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Eliminatea) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Eliminatec) Cigarette taxes
Eliminated) Corporate taxes
Eliminatee) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories

My record in Congress reflects that I support abolishing the current tax code and replacing it with a "Fair" Tax. I would also support replacing the current system with a "Flat" Tax although I prefer the "Fair" Tax system.

YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Noe) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

Job training programs are best administered on a local level.

Yesa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Nob) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yesc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Nod) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Nof) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles

Regarding campaign financing, we need full disclosure--complete transparency-- of all the contributions made to a campaign and how campaign monies are being used. The voters then can decide for themselves for whom to vote.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

While I do not support mandatory sentences, I believe that sentences should not only reflect the crime but also be served. We have a real problem when violent offender are given time off for good behavior and never serve the sentence that they were initially given. Jail time should mean something. We need judges that are willing to revoke parole and send convicted offenders back to prison when they violate their probation agreements. We have a good police force system which is not being backed up by the judicial system.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Nob) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Noe) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

Education is best and more efficiently administered on a local level with parents and teachers being the primary decision makers. Federal one size fits all programs waste money and target resources where they may not be needed.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

The energy issue is not only a domestic issue but a security issue as well. I advocate policies to support a transition from dependence upon finite fossil fuels, particularly imported oil, to domestic renewable resources. To accomplish this, we need to provide incentives for conservation and energy efficiency and we need to be careful that biofuels do not reduce food supplies.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

Law abiding citizens have a Constitutional right to "keep and bear Arms."

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

I did not vote for the Obama Health Care Law and I support repealing it. Regarding D- I support punitive limits on damages.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

By "pathway to citizenship" I believe you mean amnesty and I oppose amnesty. Bad behavior should not be rewarded. Regarding C, my voting record reflects that I support establishing English as the official national language. Regarding D, I have assisted our local Sheriff with the establishment of 287g program --the only one in the state.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

I would like to qualify my answers to a, b, and c. I support the mission in Afghanistan to the extent that we are focused on defeating those that mean our country harm. My job in Congress is to ensure that the troops have the necessary weapons and equipment. Any increases in military assistance should be focused on our troops and any economic development assistance must be tied to our goals.

YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles

Regarding question "C", I support embryonic stem cell research only when it does not destroy the embryo. I have a PhD in Human Physiology and I know it can be done. Medical innovation should not involve destroying life.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My priorities are 1-maintaining our second to none defense, 2- formulating energy policies that address our dependence on finite fossil fuels, and 3- passing legislation which addresses our national debt, such as the Road Map for America's Future. My first two priorities depend on investments in basic research and development. To paraphrase Calvin Coolidge, America's business is business. Our country's economic engine depends on innovation. Innovation depends on our preeminence in the sciences which we cannot afford to lose. Any government incentives in basic research and development would be repaid by the economic gains we as a country would reap.

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