Senator James Risch's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (ID) - Jr, Republican
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James Risch has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.

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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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  • "My record of fighting tax increases is solid." (

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  • "Parents and local school boards know our children best and they should decide what should be taught and how our education dollars should be spent, not the federal government." (

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  • voted Yea - S Amdt 1537 - Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project: (

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  • Voted Yea - S J Res 26 - Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule (

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  • "Like our Founding Fathers, I oppose any abridgement of the right to keep and bear arms." (

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  • "I have fought against Obamacare from the start. Voting no at every opportunity and cosponsoring legislation to repeal it." (

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  • "...there should be no amnesty. No one should be rewarded for breaking the law." (

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  • "States have typically determined their definitions of marriage. Idaho's law, which I supported, prohibits same-sex unions." (

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  • "[The Foreign Terrorist Organization] designation is essential to giving our intelligence and law enforcement agencies the tools necessary to stop individuals from providing support to Boko Haram in the U.S. and abroad." (

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  • "Social Security not only serves as a retirement system, but also a provider of disability payments and benefits to survivors and dependents. Changes to the original Depression-era program have made the program financially unsustainable under current policy.To make these programs sound for future generations, we must begin reforming these entitlements now, while we are still able to make gradual changes and avoid lower benefits or massive tax increases that will severely impact beneficiaries in years to come." (


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