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Todd Rokita's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 4, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
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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 2016, 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

  • "Hoosiers deserve limited government that protects life. I believe that life begins at conception." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/947728/rokita-fights-for-the-unborn-halts-taxpayer-funding-for-abortions/?search=abortion#.VXn7y3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34167/todd-rokita#.VXnztXUViko (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

  • "The Rokita Recovery Plan seeks to stop looming tax hikes. If no action is taken, next year's income tax rates will increase for almost every working adult." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504447/issue-position-the-rokita-recovery-plan#.VXn573UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Our tax code has become a tool for Congress to pass out special assistance to favored interest groups through loopholes and tax breaks. I support real, broad based tax relief for all Americans and significant tax reform that lowers taxes for all Americans while simplifying the tax code so that the average American can actually fill out their taxes." http://rokita.house.gov/issue/taxes (rokita.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Hoosiers have suffered enough abuse from their federal government. From the IRS using the tax code against political enemies, to federal agencies wasting taxpayer money on skits and conferences, or the train wreck known as Obamacare, enough is enough." http://rokita.house.gov/press-release/release-rokita-hoosiers-have-suffered-enough-abuse-federal-government (rokita.house.gov)
  • "A fundamental key to economic recovery and success is a purposeful limit on the size and scope of government. The role of government must be clear and non-invasive in order for our great nation to realize its highest potential." http://rokita.house.gov/issue/spending-cuts-and-debt (rokita.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our tax code has become a tool for Congress to pass out special assistance to favored interest groups through loopholes and tax breaks. I support real, broad based tax relief for all Americans and significant tax reform that lowers taxes for all Americans while simplifying the tax code so that the average American can actually fill out their taxes." http://rokita.house.gov/issue/taxes (rokita.house.gov)
  • "Hoosiers have suffered enough abuse from their federal government. From the IRS using the tax code against political enemies, to federal agencies wasting taxpayer money on skits and conferences, or the train wreck known as Obamacare, enough is enough." http://rokita.house.gov/press-release/release-rokita-hoosiers-have-suffered-enough-abuse-federal-government (rokita.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

  • "I was pleased to learn yesterday from Education Secretary Arne Duncan that Indiana will receive a waiver from some aspects of No Child Left Behind. […] It is unfortunate, however, that the federal government is granting this waiver on a conditional basis. Education is a responsibility best left to the states, and it is time for the federal government to step aside." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/668387/rokita-statement-on-indiana-receiving-a-waiver-from-some-requirements-of-no-child-left-behind#.VYRKgHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • " I believe that true education reform cannot come from the federal government. The key is taking control away from Washington bureaucrats and giving it back to parents and teachers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/715237/issue-positions-education#.VYRJ53UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXm4M3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "For six years, instead of saying yes to thousands of jobs and energy independence, the President has blocked the promise of the Keystone XL pipeline. We must put an end to the games and gimmicks and move forward with this critical project." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/947735/rokita-helps-secure-passage-of-strong-pro-energy-keystone-xl-pipeline-bill/?search=Keystone#.VYRMMHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "[…] we believe this carbon dioxide regulation – whose implementation is legally questionable at best – would do untold harm to the American people and our economy for decades to come." http://jeffduncan.house.gov/sites/jeffduncan.house.gov/files/Duncan%20Carbon%20Emission%20Letter%20to%20EPA.pdf (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • "Additionally, the Act inaccurately claimed to employ a method of "Cap and Trade," when, in fact, the method used in the Act is more analogous to a "Cap, Tax, and Auction" method. The latter method violates basic principles of free market economics and will stunt, if not reverse, economic growth." http://rokita.house.gov/issue/energy (rokita.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "My colleagues and I are passionately opposed to any measure that would curb our Second Amendment rights. The gun control proposals the president offered last week are a constitutional non-starter, and in fact, would have had zero impact in preventing the tragedy in Newtown." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/762303/letter-to-president-obama-gun-control/?search=gun#.VXoGJHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34167/todd-rokita/37#.VXoGlHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I strongly oppose both the Obama Plan which seeks to expand government control over health care and unreasonably restrict free market mechanisms. All proposals should encourage innovation and consumer choice." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566182/issue-position-health-care#.VXn5cHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Hoosiers have suffered enough abuse from their federal government. From the IRS using the tax code against political enemies, to federal agencies wasting taxpayer money on skits and conferences, or the train wreck known as Obamacare, enough is enough. I will continue fighting to cut government waste, to eliminate costly and excessive regulation through my Red Tape Rollback program to get our economy going, and to ensure that the federal government stops abusing Hoosiers." http://rokita.house.gov/press-release/release-rokita-hoosiers-have-suffered-enough-abuse-federal-government (rokita.house.gov)
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

  • "On Wednesday, I helped lead passage of a bipartisan bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Included in the legislation was an amendment to defund President Obama's illegal executive orders, which grant amnesty to five million illegal immigrants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/610024/#.VYgalHUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "I find it disgraceful that at a time Hoosiers are struggling to find jobs and there aren't enough spots available in colleges and universities for worthy citizens, illegal immigrants who are lucky to be here in the first place--and shouldn't be-- feel so entitled to a job or a government service that they are protesting and breaking our laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/610024/#.VYgalHUVhHx (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed letter stating "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/650393/letter-to-majority-leader-harry-reid-and-senate-minority-leader-mitch-mcconnell/?search=marriage#.VXn8W3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored H.R. 3133 "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act" https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3133/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Marriage+and+Religious+Freedom+Act%22%5D%7D (www.congress.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This morning's news is testimony to the hard-work and heroism of our military and intelligence personnel. It is also proof that that aggressive, but legal, intelligence and interrogation methods do work in the War on Terror. Today is a day to celebrate the accomplishment of our military and intelligence community, but make no mistake there is much more work to do to keep our nation secure." http://www.toddrokita.com/News-Release/the-state-column-rep-todd-rokita-regarding-the-killing-of-osama-bin-laden.html (www.toddrokita.com)
  • "I remain skeptical of intervention in the Syrian conflict at this time, as I do not see a clear and imminent threat to the United States." https://rokita.house.gov/press-release/release-rokita-%E2%80%9Cskeptical%E2%80%9D-syrian-intervention (rokita.house.gov)
Yes Inferred 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

  • "If we are to keep our promises to current retirees, and to end the practice of intergenerational theft from our children and grandchildren, we have to make market-driven reforms and ensure that benefits go to those who truly need them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/745709/rokita-earns-guardian-award-from-60-plus-association-pat-boone-seniors-can-depend-on-todd-rokita/?search=Social%20Security#.VYgkBXUVhHx (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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