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Robert 'Bob' W. Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Robert 'Bob' W. Goodlatte
Office: U.S. House (VA) - District 6, Republican
First Elected: 11/03/1992
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Maryellen; 2 Children: Jennifer, Rob
Birth Date: 09/22/1952
Birth Place: Holyoke, MA
Home City: Roanoke, VA
Religion: Christian Scientist
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Bob Goodlatte 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

  • Robert Goodlatte. Goodlatte Statement On Supremem Court Ruling On Partial Birth Abortion Ban. 18 April 2007. "I am pleased that the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the Partial Birth Abortion Ban which overwhelmingly passed the House in 2003 and President Bush signed into law. The Supreme Court's decision is a reaffirmation of what the majority of Americans already know -- this gruesome procedure, which is performed in the second and third trimesters, is one of the most horrible forms of abortion practiced. There is no justification for this brutal and heartless procedure and this ruling ensures that it will no longer be used." /goodlatte-statement-on-supremem-court-ruling-on-partial-birth-abortion-ban/?search=abortion
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. The National Right to Life Political Action Committee Endorses Goodlatte. 18 April 2012. "I have worked hard in our nation's Capitol to promote and pass legislation that reflects the pro-life values held by a great many people in the Sixth District. I will continue to do so." (www.bobgoodlatte.com)
  • Robert Goodlatte. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "I have long believed that the right to life is one that we must vigorously protect, and I have cosponsored many bills to do that, including the Right to Life Act last Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (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 Bob Goodlatte a rating of 25 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Goodlatte. Additional Troops Needed in Afghanistan To Preserve U.S. Security. 25 December 2009. "I share the President's stated goal 'to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future.' The events of September 11, 2001 reminded us that we must fight terrorism where it resides so that we aren't forced to fight it on our own soil." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Goodlatte Leads Congressional Delegation to Afghanistan. 12 January 2006. "While the Taliban has been defeated, it has not been eliminated, and the recent upsurge in attacks and terrorist activities in Afghanistan have made it clear that the U.S. military still has a crucial role to play in assisting Afghanistan to defeat this extremist organization." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Progress in Iraq and Afghanistan. 20 January 2006. "The U.S. military still has an important role to play in eliminating the Taliban and bringing further stability to the now free and democratic Afghanistan. It is in the interest of the United States to do so." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Declaring that the United States Will Prevail in the Global War on Terror. 16 June 2006. "America is the world's leader in laying the foundations for freedom and future peace. We have stood for the spread of democracy around the world [¦] We have stood for it in the Middle East for the Israelis and now for Arabs in the wider Muslim world, in Afghanistan and in Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Stuart. The News Virginian: Goodlatte, Schmookler respond to potential defense cuts. 29 July 2012. "I am committed to fiscal responsibility and believe that when it comes to cutting government spending everything must be on the table, including cutting any waste and inefficiencies in our nation's military. However, providing for our national defense is the primary function of the federal government. The defense industry is also an important piece of Virginia's economy and one of the largest employers here in the commonwealth. While we must continue to look for ways to make the military even more efficient, I will also work to ensure that the Defense Department is not unfairly targeted in this process and that our military has the resources necessary to effectively protect our nation's interests and to ensure that Americans are free from terror." (www2.newsvirginian.com)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Issue Position: Military/National Defense. 7 August 2012. "I remain committed to ensuring the U.S. military has the necessary resources to keep them ready to overcome any challenge." (goodlatte.house.gov)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. 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)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Goodlatte. Americans Are Asking 'Where Are The Jobs?' 29 October 2010. "It is common-sense that you should not raise costs and taxes on employers at a time when unemployment is at record levels. By stopping the looming tax increases it would allow working families to keep more money in their pockets, encourage investment and provide financial relief for America's small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. A Record of Economic Accomplishment. 22 July 2005. "Between 2001 and 2004, the Congress lowered all personal income tax rates [¦] The policies enacted by the Congress have helped our nation recover from the economic slowdown that took root in the late 1990s and was made worse by the economic distress caused by the attacks on our homeland, the bursting of the stock market bubble, and the demands of funding the ongoing War on Terror." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Robert Goodlatte, pledge to the taxpayers of the 6th district of the state of Virginia 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)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Tax Increase Are Not the Way to Rebuild Our Economy. 3 December 2010. "The only way to help rebuild our struggling economy is to ensure American families and small businesses are not confronted with these oppressive tax hikes." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Statement of Rep. Bob Goodlatte on Vote to Protect Families and Small Businesses from Tax Hike. 17 December 2010. "Instead Congress must focus on policies that allow individuals and businesses to keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars, which would encourage investment and provide financial relief for America's small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. An Encouraging Economic Outlook for the New Year. 9 December 2005. "One reason the U.S. economy has done so well over the past two years - exceeding its long-run average growth rate and outperforming other industrialized nations - is the 2003 tax relief package. This law reduced income tax rates for all Americans and lowered the rate on dividend and capital gains income." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Tax Relief for America's Families. 1 October 2004. "When we lower the tax burden on America's families, it encourages investment, savings and general entrepreneurship, rather than exacting a price on productivity. It is both unwise and unfair to punish hard-working Americans for their industriousness." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Goodlatte. Weekly Republican Address: Rep. Bob Goodlatte on Job Creation & a Balanced Budget Amendment. 2 September 2011. "The president's 'stimulus' spending has proven counterproductive. Government has gotten in the way when it can be part of the solution." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Working to Change Washington's Culture of Spending. 22 July 2011. "The most frustrating aspect of this spending crisis is that the answer is so simple, yet seems to be so beyond the grasp of many in Congress do not spend more than you take in. If we did not spend more than we have, we would not have trillion dollar budget shortfalls." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Real Solutions To Restore Confidence In Our Economy. 29 January 2010. "The first thing we must do is restrain federal spending. That is why I have introduced bipartisan legislation which amends the United States Constitution to force Congress to rein in spending by balancing the federal budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Op-Ed: Fiscally Irresponsible Policies Are Plunging The U.S. Further Into Debt. 9 October 2009. "The American people know that we can't borrow and spend our way back to prosperity. The path to our economic recovery starts with fiscal responsibility in Washington. The federal government must follow the example set by our nation's families -- tighten the budget and eliminate wasteful spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Congress Needs a Budget. 14 May 2010. "Without the passage of a federal budget the reckless spending that has run rampant in Congress will only continue. We have already seen the passage, without my support, of the so-called 'economic stimulus' legislation which was supposed to put Americans back to work. Not only did the stimulus legislation fail to create jobs but it is now estimated to be costing American taxpayers over $1 trillion including interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Common-Sense Solutions Needed To Get Americans Back To Work. 4 December 2009. "In addition, we must restore confidence in America's economic future by restraining federal spending. This would allow banks who are financing the debt to invest in more productive activities, like small business growth to help turn our economy around." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatter. We Must Balance The Federal Budget. 8 July 2011. "In recent years, federal spending has increased at an unsustainable pace, allowing our national debt to spiral out of control [¦] Federal spending must be brought under control, in order to create American jobs and grow our economy." (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 Bob Goodlatte a rating of 86 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. GOODLATTE STATEMENT ON THE "PLEDGE TO AMERICA." 23 September 2010. "It is crucial that we rein in the skyrocketing deficit spending that is discouraging investment and threatening to bankrupt our nation. To accomplish this goal House Republicans pledge to cut government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels which could save us at least $100 billion in the first year alone." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Reducing Government Spending is Essential to Job Creation. 6 August 2010. "To spur economic growth, create new jobs and bring personal opportunity to every American we must strengthen our free market system, not hamper it. We must reduce government intrusion, not allow more bailouts and takeovers." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. We Must Control Government Spending And Lower The Tax Burden. 9 April 2010. "I have been a strong supporter of policies that rein in out of control government spending which ultimately help to lower the tax burden on hard working folks. Lower more efficient government spending and lower taxes are fundamental to economic growth." (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

  • Robert Goodlatte. Spends Too Much, Taxes Too Much and Borrows Too Much. 5 February 2010. "The last thing American families and small businesses need right now are new taxes that make it harder to save, invest, and hire." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. The Technology Sector is Vital to Our Economic Recovery. 16 June 2011. "Regulatory and tax burdens often times tie the hands of business. Congress must focus on policies that allow businesses to use their resources to innovate, not force businesses to use them to comply with government red tape." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Goodlatte Statement Following President Bush's State of the Union Address. 28 January 2008. "I am very pleased that this bipartisan approach focuses on cutting the tax burden for middle class Americans and tax cuts for businesses that provide the jobs that keep our economy running, instead of increasing spending and growing the government." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Hearing of the Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee “ Business Activity Tax Simplification Act. 13 April 2011. "Small businesses are also central to the American dream of self-improvement and individual achievement, which is why it is so vital that Congress enact legislation that reduces the tax burdens that hinder small businesses and ultimately overall economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Tax Increases Are Not the Way to Rebuild Our Economy. 3 December 2010. "The only way to help rebuild our struggling economy is to ensure American families and small businesses are not confronted with these oppressive tax hikes. For this reason I am a strong supporter of the Tax Relief Certainty Act, which would permanently extend the current tax rates, provide a permanent repeal of the death tax and implement permanent relief for the Alternative Minimum Tax." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. An Encouraging Economic Outlook for the New Year. 9 December 2005. "If provisions of the 2003 tax relief package are allowed to expire, families and small businesses would lose important deductions [¦] Doing so would destroy jobs and imperil the economic growth that we are currently experiencing." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Goodlatte Statement Following President Bush's State of the Union Address. 17 July 2012. "The legislation is designed to inject money into our economy by sending out rebates to an estimated 117 million American families. In addition to this immediate tax rebate, the economic stimulus legislation offers tax incentives for businesses that will spur investment. More investment in the business sector of our economy means more jobs for Americans, which is fundamental to a healthy economy. I am very pleased that this bipartisan approach focuses on cutting the tax burden for middle class Americans and tax cuts for businesses that provide the jobs that keep our economy running, instead of increasing spending and growing the government. This is the right and fiscally responsible way to deal with this threat to our economy, and will help achieve long-term economic growth." (goodlatte.house.gov)
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

  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "One of the most important gifts we can give to our children and grandchildren is a quality education, because education is the key that unlocks the door to opportunity. We must continue our efforts to put the ability to make educational decisions in the hands of parents and teachers, and send education dollars directly to America's classrooms. This is the best way to prepare the next generation for an increasingly competitive global economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. Our Teachers Deserve Our Appreciation. 1 May 2009. "While the basic goals of the No Child Left Behind Act were good I believe in practice it has led to more bureaucracy, duplication of testing and inflexibility in measuring the education progress of some of our more challenged students.  It is important to provide more flexibility and decision-making power to the individual states, parents and teachers." (goodlatte.house.gov)
  • Kathryn Rexrode. Goodlatte Meets With 6th District School Superintendents. 1 April 2009. "Congressman Goodlatte believes that the basic goals of NCLB are good but he continues to believe that it is important to provide more flexibility and decision-making power to the individual states, parents and teachers.  Congressman Goodlatte, who has previously introduced legislation on this important issue, assured the local educators that he will continue his efforts to ensure that states like Virginia which already set a high standard under state law through the Standards of Learning (SOL) are not penalized for failing to implement a duplicate set of Federal standards. 'Every child deserves the opportunity for a bright future by giving him or her the best education possible,' said Congressman Goodlatte. 'Real learning occurs when students are in the classroom with quality teachers and it occurs at home with the family “ not in a federal building in Washington, D.C. I intend to continue my efforts to put the ability to make educational decisions in the hands of parents and teachers, and send education dollars directly to America's classrooms. Then we will truly have the finest education system in the world.'" (goodlatte.house.gov)
  • Ray Reed. The News and Advance: Goodlatte talks Medicare, Chesapeake Bay and education in Lynchburg. 25 August 2011. "Goodlatte described the no-child regulations today as requiring goals that school systems can't meet. 'There is going to be an overhaul of this process,' Goodlatte said. 'My objective is to reduce the ability of the federal government to micromanage what happens in school systems,' he said." (www2.newsadvance.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Goodlatte. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "We need to safely and responsibly produce our domestic resources offshore in order to reduce this reliance on Middle Eastern imports and in turn, increase our economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Striving for Energy Independence. 27 June 2008. "The fact is the oil is there - in Alaska, the Rockies, and offshore - but political roadblocks keep it in the ground instead of in your gas tank. I am a strong supporter of legislation which would modernize the nation's energy policy by tapping into more of our massive energy resources located in the deep seas on the outer-continental shelf (OCS)." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Our Free Enterprise System And The Role Of Big Government. 23 July 2009. "We need to return to an opportunity to have an American energy policy that creates millions of jobs here by drilling for oil offshore and on Federal lands." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Letter to the Honorable Bob McDonnell, Governor, Commonwealth Of Virginia. 4 February 2010. "Virginia has the opportunity to develop offshore energy in an environmentally friendly manner, while improving our energy security and creating thousands of jobs [¦] Responsible energy development 50 miles offshore can be done in a safe manner while creating thousands of much needed jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. We Need a Comprehensive Strategy to Promote American Made Energy. 13 May 2011. "All three of these bills will expand offshore energy production, including off the coast of Virginia. By lifting the President's moratorium on drilling along the Outer Continental Shelf, known as the OCS, we could triple American energy production and it is estimated that enactment of these three pieces of legislation could create as many as 250,000 jobs in the short-term and 1.2 million jobs in the long-term." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Commodity Markets Transparency and Accountability Act of 2008. 18 September 2008. "I know that there are many on the other side of the aisle who are hoping still to have an opportunity to vote [¦] on a real American energy bill that provides for real offshore drilling." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Urging Caution On Sweeping Climate Change Proposals. 11 December 2009. "These officials are hoping to create a new treaty containing stringent and enforceable requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While specifics of the treaty are still being worked out, there is reason to believe that the treaty will call for dramatic emission reductions that will cause serious economic harm to our already fragile economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. 6 April 2011. "The Environmental Protection Agency has begun their own plan to regulate greenhouse gases [¦] Without action, the EPA will add more regulatory red tape onto American businesses and manufacturers, hampering the ability of companies to operate competitively in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Domestic Energy. 5 May 2009. "This idea that somehow we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the extent that we can turn down the thermostat of the world when other countries are going to increase their CO2 emissions around the world is folly [¦] Instead, we do have a guarantee that it will have a devastating impact on our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Goodlatte Concerned About the Effects of 'Cap and Tax' Legislation on 6th District Farmers and Consumers. 17 July 2012. "Cap and tax legislation has the potential to devastate the agriculture community, in particular, with higher operating costs. The Agriculture Committee must be looking intensely into how this legislation will affect farmers, as well as consumers of agricultural products. The impact that this legislation will have on our economy and our very lives is extensive; we must make sure that we fully vet this legislation." (goodlatte.house.gov)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Climate Change Hearing. 1 June 2009. "This legislation has far reaching consequences for every person, farmer, and business in the country. We cannot ignore that America's economy is intrinsically linked to the availability and affordability of energy. During this economic slow-down we should be adopting policies that seek to rebuild our economy and create more jobs; we need reliable and affordable energy supplies. Unfortunately, cap and trade legislation would only further cripple our economy. Instead of government mandates and bureaucracy we should focus on policies that support technological advances and consumer choices. The bottom line is that we need policies which encourage investment in environmentally sound, cost-effective practices without stifling innovation and setting our economy further back. The simple truth behind the Waxman energy plan is that it raises taxes, kills jobs and will lead to more government intrusion." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Goodlatte. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bob Goodlatte a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Bob Goodlatte in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. "Mr. Chairman, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. This bipartisan bill has 245 cosponsors, and it enhances Americans' right to self-defense by enabling millions of permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home States. The Second Amendment is in the United States Constitution, and we are all taking an oath in this body to uphold the United States Constitution, including rights under the Second Amendment. The 10th Amendment is certainly an important right as well, but it does not trump the right or the responsibility of this body to protect rights under the Second Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. 20 October 2005. "The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly declares that the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Despite this fundamental protection, an extreme minority determined to restrict the supply of firearms and firearms ownership has discovered a new tool, frivolous lawsuits." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund Endorses Goodlatte. 25 April 2012. "I am honored to receive this endorsement. Congress must continue fighting to preserve gun ownership rights protected by the Second Amendment. I intend on doing just that." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Meet Bob. 17 July 2012. "Bob has been an active member of the House Judiciary Committee since arriving in Congress. The jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee is well-suited to many of Bob's legislative priorities such as protecting Constitutional rights including private property and Second Amendment rights, securing our borders through immigration reform, strengthening our criminal laws, decreasing health care costs through medical malpractice reform and oversight of the Judicial branch." (www.bobgoodlatte.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Virginia's Historical Court Ruling. 24 December 2010. "While we can all agree that our current health care system needs to be reformed, the new health care law was not the right way to do it which is why we must repeal it and replace it with commonsense measures that expand access and choices while lowering costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "We must repeal the new health care law that kills jobs, raises taxes, threatens seniors' access to care, will cause millions of people to lose the coverage they have and like, and increases the cost of health care coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Goodlatte Statement in Support of Repealing Government Takeover of Health Care. 19 January 2011. "As I have said time and time again, the Democrats' health care reform law is a monstrosity, which amounts to a big government takeover of our health care system -- one that will lead to fewer choices, higher prices and rationed care." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 15 April 2011. "I rise in strong support of the Republican Study Committee budget alternative [¦] [The RSC Budget Proposal] repeals ObamaCare to eliminate $677 billion in additional spending over 10 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte Putting You Back in Charge of Your Health Care. 21 January 2011. "Just days ago the House of Representatives, with my support, delivered on our promise to the American people to hold a vote on legislation that would repeal the sweeping health care reform law, passed by the last Congress." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Bob Goodlatte in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Bob Goodlatte in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Issue Position: Immigration Reform. 7 October 2011. "In addition, in no event should we grant amnesty to those who have broken our laws and entered the country illegally. Doing so would simply invite more illegal immigration in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010. 8 December 2010. "The DREAM Act makes it easy for almost any illegal immigrant, even those who do not qualify for this amnesty, to evade the law. Once an alien, no matter who they are, files an application, no matter how spurious, the Federal Government is prohibited from deporting that illegal immigrant. This is ripe for fraud and is unfair and should be opposed." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. What We Have Learned from September 11th. 12 September 2008. "With the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. only expected to increase in the future, we must enforce our current immigration laws. Congress must continue to work to secure our borders, deport illegal aliens, including those who overstay their temporary visas." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. NumbersUSA: 2010 NumbersUSA Congressional Candidate Survey. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Do you OPPOSE offering the officially estimated 11 million people illegally in the U.S long-term work permits and/or a path to citizenship (whether through a blanket amnesty or an "earned legalization" or other form)?" (www.numbersusa.com)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Enforcing our Laws to Reduce Illegal Immigration. 23 July 2010. "For years, weak enforcement and confusing provisions in immigration law have allowed illegal immigrants to stay in the country. Deportation cases often last for years -- even decades in some instances. The Department of Homeland Security needs to be able to act in a rapid and firm manner to find and deport illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Issue Position: Addressing the Problem of Illegal Immigration. 7 October 2011. "We must move quickly to secure our southern border by increasing border patrols, streamlining the process of deporting illegal immigrants, and imposing tougher penalties on those who smuggle people across our border." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Bob Goodlatte voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Goodlatte. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Bob Goodlatte voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 9 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Lets Not Redefine Marriage. 16 July 2004. "These activist judges, in ordering the state to legitimize same-sex marriages are attempting to change the very meaning of one of the most revered and vital foundations of our society in a way that will harm our culture. All Americans deserve respect and civility in this debate. At the same time, the institution of marriage must be protected." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Goodlatte. Family Values. 17 July 2012. "I support H.R. 3828, the Military Religious Freedom Protection Act, which prohibits a military chaplain from being directed, ordered, or required to perform any ceremony, service, or function - including a same-sex marriage ceremony - that is contrary to the conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs of the chaplain or the chaplain's faith group" (goodlatte.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Bob Goodlatte supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 40 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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