Senator Rob Portman's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (OH) - Jr, Republican
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Rob Portman has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Rob Portman is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "Senator Rob Portman has a 100% rating from National Right to Life and has voted 77-0 in favor of the pro-life position on National Right to Life Committee key votes.” http://www.robportman.com/issues (www.robportman.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right To Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27008/rob-portman (votesmart.org)
  • “In addition to supporting pro-life legislation, Senator Portman has also been very vocal on efforts to protect religious freedom.” http://www.robportman.com/protecting_life (www.robportman.com)

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  • "I understand that reducing deficits through pro-growth policies and keeping federal spending under control are the cornerstones of fiscal responsibility." http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/deficit-reduction (www.portman.senate.gov)
  • "As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rob co-sponsored legislation to amend the Constitution to require a balanced budget and worked hard to achieve the last balanced budget a decade ago." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/515652/issue-position-taxes#.VaPdI_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 “Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42052 (votesmart.org)

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  • National Public Radio “Separate legislation offered by Paul and Leahy would give judges the ability to impose sentences short of the minimum guidelines. Additionally, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, have proposed allowing inmates to shorten their sentences by participating in re-entry programs.” http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2014/01/08/260797831/how-long-is-too-long-congress-revisits-mandatory-sentences (www.npr.org)
  • New York Times “For Mr. Portman, it was his encounters with a man about his age, a drug addict who had been in and out of the system several times but received the assistance he needed in prison to help turn around his life.” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/us/gop-moving-to-ease-stance-on-sentencing.html?_r=0 (www.nytimes.com)
  • The Wire “Portman—a prominent Republican whose name is sometimes mentioned in the same sentence as the number 2016—will also advocate on Tuesday for reauthorization of the Second Chance Act, which is meant to reduce recidivism by providing programs such as job training and drug counseling.” http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/05/rob-portman-advocates-for-drug-reform/370064/ (www.thewire.com)

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  • “Washington's out-of-control spending needs to stop.” http://www.robportman.com/issues (www.robportman.com)
  • “President Obama's staggering $1.7 trillion in stimulus initiatives have only proven once again that governments cannot borrow and spend their way to prosperity. And the Federal Reserve has shown that endless monetary stimulus can be a policy dead-end as well.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/803403/national-review-how-washington-is-impeding-economic-recovery/?search=Stimulus#.Vi_o02wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Rob Portman has always advocated a smaller, more responsive federal government that works for the people. During his sixteen years of public service, Rob has a record of fighting to reduce taxes, control government spending and create greater transparency for citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/515652/issue-position-taxes#.VaPeHPlVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington's current policies of higher spending, record deficits, big-government health care and new energy taxes are destroying our chances for real economic recovery." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/523048/#.VaPch_lViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.Amdt.2573 “Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2012” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41196 (votesmart.org)
  • "Rob Portman has always advocated a smaller, more responsive federal government that works for the people. During his sixteen years of public service, Rob has a record of fighting to reduce taxes, control government spending and create greater transparency for citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/515652/issue-position-taxes#.VaPeHPlVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Rob has consistently voted for lower taxes to spur economic growth and create jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/515652/issue-position-taxes#.VaPdI_lViko (votesmart.org)

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

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.VaPew_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I wish we passed Keystone last night. I do think it's a no-brainer, I really do. It adds jobs, as the Ambassador was talking about. It is better for the environment than trucks and trains.” http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=3ec6dc88-2332-4df0-9d64-b031edccffde (www.portman.senate.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rather than levy a job-killing tax on the kind of energy Ohio depends on, which is being proposed in Washington, we should encourage the use of all our natural resources, renewable energy, nuclear power, technology, and conservation in a way that breaks our dependence on foreign oil and leads to a cleaner environment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504674/issue-position-energy/?search=wind#.VaPg0PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating “We write to express our concerns with your proposed rule for existing power plants emissions of greenhouse gases. Our primary concern is that the rule as proposed will result in significant electricity rate increases and additional energy costs for consumers.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/874824/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-regarding-cap-and-trade-rule#.VcDWSHUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 “A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54525 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27008/rob-portman/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "Senator Rob Portman is a proud defender of the 2nd Amendment and has consistently voted to protect our Constitutional rights." http://www.robportman.com/issues (www.robportman.com)
  • Voted in favor of S.Amdt.719 “Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43806 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe we ought to repeal the health care law that passed in 2010, start over, and replace it with proposals that actually reduce costs and increase competition." http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/health-care (www.portman.senate.gov)
  • "Senator Rob Portman believes that Obamacare must be repealed and replaced with reforms that will actually lower costs and improve the quality of our health care." http://www.robportman.com/issues (www.robportman.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 “Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54637 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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

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  • "In 2013, I decided to support marriage equality after I came to understand this issue better in the context of my own family. I can't help but view today's Supreme Court decision through that same lens. And as a father, I welcome today's decision." http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=1cec00bd-d5fb-4b49-9f19-6eb9f8d0a891 (www.portman.senate.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27008/rob-portman/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "Republican Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday that he now supports gay marriage – a surprise turnabout on a hot-button social issue, sparked by a deeply personal reflection that began two years ago after Portman’s son, Will, told him that he is gay." http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2013/3/gay-son-leads-rob-portman-to-embrace-same-sex-marriage (www.portman.senate.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

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

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  • “Adjusting Social Security and Medicare's retirement ages, means-testing benefits for upper-income retirees, and supporting broad-based, patient-centered health care can not only help close the debt, it can also create a stronger economy.” http://www.wsj.com/articles/rob-portman-heading-off-the-entitlement-meltdown-1405983479 (www.wsj.com)
  • “I do not support privatization of Social Security. What I do support is strengthening Social Security for the future.” http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2010/10/05/173558/portman-einstein/ (thinkprogress.org)
  • “Today’s report confirms that we must take action to reform important programs like Social Security and Medicare so that they are available for those Americans who need them the most as well as future generations.” http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2014/7/portman-statement-on-social-security-and-medicare-trustees-reports (www.portman.senate.gov)

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