Senator Robert 'Rob' J. Portman's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (OH) - Jr, Republican
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. Senate
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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Decisions about education curriculum should be made at the local or state level - not from Washington. Having a one-size-fits-all Washington approach to education is harmful to our children and to our education system." http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2015/1/portman-introduces-bill-to-block-federal-intrusion-on-state-education-decisions (www.portman.senate.gov)
  • "As the U.S. Senate begins debate over elementary and secondary education programs, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kans.) today introduced a bill to preserve state education autonomy by prohibiting the federal government from coercing states to adopt education standards like Common Core. [?] Senator Roberts was joined in introducing the bill by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio)." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952904/senator-roberts-introduces-bill-to-block-federal-intrusion-on-state-education-decisions-stops-obama-administration-from-forcing-states-to-adopt-common-core/?search=Common%20Core#.Vi_p7mwVikp (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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

  • "The bill will make our economy more productive and create jobs by incentivizing the use of energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of our economy. Existing efficiency initiatives have already saved taxpayers more than $300 billion in energy bills and have reduced national energy use substantially. Our bipartisan bill takes efficiency to the next level through a variety of low-cost tools to encourage the use of efficiency technologies that will reduce costs for businesses and consumers, while making America more energy independent." http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/energy (www.portman.senate.gov)
  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Senate has not learned the critical lesson of 1986: Until we combine legalization of those who are here with enforcement of our laws - including securing the border and turning off the jobs magnet - future flows of illegal immigration are inevitable." http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2013/7/portman-s-cincinnati-enquirer-op-ed-e-verify-is-critical-for-successful-immigration-reform (www.portman.senate.gov)
  • "America is a nation of immigrants, and legal immigrants have enriched and continue to enrich the United States. But we are also a nation of laws, and those laws must be enforced. Amnesty, failing to impose sanctions or penalties on immigrants who have entered our country illegally, is the wrong approach and would encourage more illegal entry." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/515649/issue-position-immigration#.VcDXC3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We are a blessed nation, living freely and openly within our borders. But too many in the world have dedicated themselves to ending the American way of life. Rob believes that America has a right to defend itself and has promoted policies and legislation that will provide our service men and women with the resources they need to protect American values here and abroad." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/515653/issue-position-defense#.VcDXwnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "These targeted airstrikes are an important step toward our ultimate goal of degrading and defeating the terrorist group known as ISIS. I've been calling on the President to take action and now that the U.S. is moving forward with a military plan, it's crucial that we have the resolve to see it through to the end." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/926793/portman-statement-on-us-air-campaign-against-isis#.VcDYUnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)

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