Representative Todd Rokita's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 4, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
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  • Todd Rokita. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Todd Rokita voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. About Todd. 31 May 2012. "He is a committed pro-life conservative, an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment and a fiscal hawk with a proven record of accomplishment as Secretary of State." (www.toddrokitaforcongress.com)
  • Todd Rokita. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 17 February 2011. "I rise in support of the Pence amendment. The time has come to end Federal funding of abortion. This is one of the worst misappropriations of funds in our Federal budget and it is unacceptable to most of the people--Republican, Democrat, liberal or conservative--in this country. Many taxpayers, including me, are sickened that their hard-earned tax dollars are put toward funding the nearly 1.3 million abortions in America every year. The minority party's demagoguery and demagoging language about some kind of war on women is nothing but laughable." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Votes to Prohibit Taxpayer Funds for Abortions. 4 May 2011. "I strongly believe that American, and Hoosier, tax dollars should not be spent on abortion or funding organizations that actively encourage the practice. Considering our debt has reached an unsustainable level so dangerous it threatens our very way of life and our children's future, the last thing we should be funding are abortions or organizations that encourage abortion. H.R. 3 is an important step in making that the law of the land. I am proud to cosponsor this bill and even more proud of the bipartisan manner in which it passed the House of Representatives. Our leaders need to stand strong together, look out for taxpayers and protect the lives of those who cannot protect themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Todd Rokita voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Statement on 39th Annual March for Life. 23 January 2012. "The fight will go on until our nation returns to its founding principles and protects the right to life for all Americans, born and unborn. Our Founding Fathers declared our independence with the powerful and universal declaration that all human beings are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain "unalienable Rights", first among which is the right to life. As a pro-life American, I believe life begins at conception, and I will continue to fight for every life as a member of Congress." (rokita.house.gov)
  • Todd Rokita. Media Release: Indiana Right to Life PAC Endorses Todd Rokita. 31 May 2012. "'I am humbled by the endorsement of the Indiana Right to Life PAC and am committed to working to protect the sanctity of human life,' Rokita said. 'While I hope to join a decidedly pro-life Congress, the recent health care debate in Washington has highlighted the need for strong pro-life leadership that matches rhetoric with action and votes. That's the leadership I hope to help provide.'" (toddrokitaforcongress.com)

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  • Todd Rokita. Journal and Courier. Jconline.com. U.S. House District 2 (Donnelly-Walorski-Vogel). 1 September 2010. Responded "Grade D. Remove the current timetable for when combat troops will leave Afghanistan; provide our soldiers with the equipment, training and leadership necessary for victory. Develop a clear strategy on how to empower the Afghan people to be self-governed. The president must also stop apologizing for America around the world. As the last best hope for freedom on Earth, we have nothing to be sorry about. The president's behavior is disgraceful for those who have given their lives so that we, and millions of others around the world, can live freely." to the question: "War- Rate President Obama's plan on Afghanistan, on a scale from A to F. What, if anything, should be done differently in the next year?" (www.jconline.com)
  • Todd Rokita. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Todd Rokita voted Did Not Vote on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Todd Rokita. WLFI - Budget Cuts Loom as Super Committee Fails. 22 November 2011. "Rep. Todd Rokita met with more than 40 members of the White County Tea Party Patriots in Monticello Monday night. The Republican went through a presentation on the nation's debt, then answered a variety of questions from the audience. He told NewsChannel 18 he didn't have high expectations for the Super Committee's success. He supports the automatic spending cuts as an alternative to their failure. However, already some Republicans have discussed trying to repeal that automatic trigger. 'I'm going to work my hardest against it,' said Rep. Rokita. 'A deal is a deal. Even though they are complaining that it unfairly cuts into defense, look, defense is a 700 billion, that billion with a b, dollar a year operation. There is waste in it.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. The Franklin Online - Rokita: Nation's Fiscal Overhaul Must Begin with Medicare. 14 November 2011. "Rokita -- a Republican who represents Indiana's 4th District -- said the nation can't be protected much longer without controlling national priorities, overhauling entitlement programs and reforming military spending [¦] Earlier this year, Rokita voted for a controversial and unsuccessful plan created by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan that meant to reduce the federal deficit by $4.4 trillion over a decade by repealing the federal health care bill, reforming Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlements, and making cuts in defense spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Defense Appropriations Bill "Step in the Right Direction' But Larger Cuts Needed. 8 July 2011. "Today Rep. Todd Rokita voted for the 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. Afterwards Rokita explained his decision to support the legislation despite the fact larger cuts remain to be made to the Department of Defense's $700 billion dollar budget: 'While far from perfect, I supported this legislation because it is a step in the right direction. It spends two percent less than the President requested and makes significant progress in reducing bureaucratic overhead and red tape in the Department of Defense. It also prohibits these funds from being dedicated to combat action in Libya.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Todd Rokita voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Todd Rokita voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Report 4-17-12. 18 April 2012. "As many of you have expressed in your letters and e-mails, there are some concerns regarding cuts to defense spending due to the Budget Control Act and the failure of the 'Super Committee' last year. These concerns are important and I appreciate the frank and honest discussion we had at this event. As we tackle our massive debt crisis, we have to be willing to cut waste, fraud, abuse, and overspending, even in the defense budget." (rokita.house.gov)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Statement on Testimony of Secretary Panetta before Budget Committee. 1 March 2012. "As our country faces a massive amount of debt to the tune of $15 trillion, I do not believe any area of the federal government is off limits when evaluating spending, including the Department of Defense. During today's hearing, I pressed Secretary Panetta on the President's Department of Defense budget proposal. Throughout his testimony, I was pleased to hear Secretary Panetta's willingness to continue finding ways to reduce waste in our defense budget." (rokita.house.gov)
  • Todd Rokita. The Franklin Online - Rokita: Nation's Fiscal Overhaul Must Begin with Medicare. 14 November 2011. "Rokita -- a Republican who represents Indiana's 4th District -- said the nation can't be protected much longer without controlling national priorities, overhauling entitlement programs and reforming military spending. [¦] Earlier this year, Rokita voted for a controversial and unsuccessful plan created by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan that meant to reduce the federal deficit by $4.4 trillion over a decade by repealing the federal health care bill, reforming Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlements, and making cuts in defense spending." (votesmart.org)

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  • Todd Rokita signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "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)
  • Todd Rokita. Issue Position: The Rokita Recovery Plan. 20 October 2011. ""Tax the rich" and "class warfare" are not compatible with American values. Americans should not covet or envy the success of others. Instead, we must all be treated equally and given the same opportunities. The Rokita Recovery Plan will respect our values, while making public policy decisions." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 15 April 2011. "I heard a lot about tax cuts for the rich, Mr. Chairman. I want to be clear that the budget that came out of the Budget Committee calls for revenue-neutral tax reform. We are motivated by the same reform principles that are in the President's fiscal commission: to broaden the tax base and to lower tax rates for everybody." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. House to Vote on Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011. 15 July 2011. "The Cut, Cap and Balance Act is a serious plan to address the debt crisis we face by cutting current spending, capping future spending and passing a strong balanced budget amendment. This legislation will prevent spending-addicted politicians from driving our country further into debt and stealing the future from our children and grandchildren. So far the President has failed to offer any plans to address our debt, just more speeches, table pounding and scare tactics, and predictable calls for job-killing tax increases." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Issue Position: Agriculture. 20 October 2011. "On taxes and economic policy, I believe Washington D.C. spends far too much of your money. I'll oppose tax increases and the wasteful spending that leads to them. You can read my Rokita Recovery Plan at www.ToddRokita.com. In it, I call for reducing marginal income tax rates and corporate tax rates to simplify the tax code and spur economic development, as well as other measures to balance the federal budget and force Congress to live within its means." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Letter to The Honorable John Boehner Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives and The Honorable Eric Cantor Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 6 June 2011. "We must send to the states a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) with strong protections against federal tax increases and including a Spending Limitation Amendment (SLA) like the statutory spending caps described above. Rep. Joe Walsh has introduced a BBA with a spending limit provision (H.J.Res. 56) that has already earned the support of 47 Republican senators." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ 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)
  • Todd Rokita. Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 1 December 2011. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Indiana 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 [...]" (votesmart.org)

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  • Todd Rokita. Issue Position: The Rokita Recovery Plan. 19 October 2011. "The Rokita Recovery Plan rejects the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Act, as originally proposed, cost $787 billion and has done irreparable harm to the economy. In fact, unemployment has increased to over 10 percent and this budget allocation has ballooned to over $850 billion. Since President Obama took office on January 20, 2009, the national debt has increased from $10.6 trillion to $12.37 trillion as of February 15, 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Joins Ryan, Budget Committees Members in Unveiling Budget Reform Package. 7 December 2011. "Today Representative Todd Rokita joined with Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Budget Committee members in unveiling a comprehensive set of nine reforms, including four co-authored by Rep. Rokita, that strengthen spending controls, enhance oversight of government spending and bring honest accounting to Washington's broken budget process. These reforms build on the Path to Prosperity budget passed by the House earlier this year. [¦] 2. The Spending Control Act (Lead sponsor: Rep. John Campbell of California, Co-Author: Rep. Todd Rokita) * Establishes binding limitations on federal spending and deficits -- all enforced by a sequester of no more than 4 percent of programs -- within each category if the program is growing faster than inflation." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Statement on Third Anniversary of President Obama's "Stimulus" Bill. 17 February 2012. "The economy continues to stall, as evidenced by the anemic level of economic growth. The President's stimulus bill only stimulated one thing, our debt. The Obama Administration received a check from the then-Democrat Congress with numbers so large, that it was virtually a blank check, straight out of American taxpayers' bank accounts. Even with this blank check, the President has no return to offer Americans for their forced investment. Despite these poor results, the President has continued to ask for more. What the President must realize is that throwing more hard-earned taxpayer monies at the economy will not fix a thing." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Responds to President Obama's Economic Speech. 8 September 2011. "What the American people needed to hear tonight from the President was an acknowledgment that his policies have failed and his assurance that he is willing to change course, putting the American people before politics. Instead President Obama offered up another campaign speech filled with shortsighted gimmicks, lip service to pro-growth policies and a tribute to the same big government, failed stimulus policies that have resulted in record debt and the worst economy since the Great Depression." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Letter to President Obama. 20 January 2012. "In his State of the Union address the president will put a cheerful face on policies that take us the way of Europe, where nations teeter on the brink of insolvency and chaos, statist policies have crippled long-term economic growth and societies of dependents merely exist, having already traded their hopes and dreams for the fleeting illusion of security. I count myself among the many who intend to pass down a future where our children can pursue their hopes and dreams. We want to limit the size and scope of the federal government to the "constraints' of the Constitution, so free markets, personal responsibility, self reliance and individual liberty will endure." (votesmart.org)

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  • Todd Rokita. Issue Position: Transmortation. 19 October 2011. "Within view of the state of the art Col. H Weir Cook Terminal, are several aging areas of the Indianapolis International Airport. Providing a tax credit will spur an immediate increase in infrastructure investments. The incentives to invest will lead to job creation, increased air traffic, and income for the 4th district. Air cargo carriers such as FedEx, will have an incentive to upgrade their facilities, which will lead to increased capacity and further economic growth in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Issue Position: The Rokita Recovery Plan. 19 October 2011. "The R&D tax credit and reduced tax rate on new products will provide a huge incentive for companies to create new products. Such incentives will ripple across the economy and benefit everything from alternative energy to health care." (votesmart.org)

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  • Todd Rokita. Issues: Education. 1 June 2012. "A strong public education system is essential to a strong America. 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. Academic standards, standardized testing scores, the criterion by which a school is judged and the solutions needed to fix schools that are not performing should be left up to states and local educators." (rokita.house.gov)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Co-Authors Legislation to End Ineffective and Duplicative Programs. 25 May 2011. "Now we must begin identifying programs that are outside the scope of the Federal government's constitutionally mandated role, as in the case of elementary and secondary education, and begin returning those responsibilities to state and local governments." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita: "The Time for Education Reform is Now." 10 February 2011. "Parents need to be trusted to know what is best for their children and education funds should be personalized to enhance options for each family. The more the federal government has meddled in education, the more inefficient things have become. While spending has increased dramatically, student achievement has not. A bureaucrat in Washington does know what a third-grader in Avon, Indiana needs. We must localize education." (rokita.house.gov)
  • Todd Rokita. Hoosier Access: Rokita: Education Decisions Are Best Made by Parents, Teachers; not Washington. 2 March 2012. "As Conservatives, we know that education is a state and local issue. That is why I did not stop at simply cutting out the most outrageous fat from the Department of Education. I also kicked off a larger fight, by offering the Literacy, Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act as an amendment to H.R. 3989. The LEARN Act, which I have co-authored with Scott Garrett of New Jersey, would permanently reform how federal education policy works, putting power and money back in the hands of Hoosiers. The LEARN Act amendment would allow every state to choose to opt-out of federal education requirements and give every taxpayer in that state a tax credit equal to the amount of money the US Department of Education would have spent in their state. That way, Hoosier educators and administrators are free to run their schools under the oversight of state and local voters while Hoosier taxpayers get to keep more of their money." (www.hoosieraccess.com)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Statement on Indiana Receiving a Waiver From Some Requirements of No Child Left Behind. 9 February 2012. "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. Under the leadership of Governor Daniels and Secretary Bennett, I have every confidence that Indiana's schools are heading in the right direction. Greater flexibility provided by this waiver will undoubtedly help them push reform forward and continue to improve Indiana's schools. 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. I will continue to work to reduce and eventually eliminate federal interference in education because it is not good for our kids or our schools." (votesmart.org)

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  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Calls on the President to Support Real Solutions to Increase Energy Production, Lower Gas Prices. 23 June 2011. "The solution to high gas prices is to produce more oil and gas here at home. Buying oil from overseas and occasionally tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is the same tired effort Americans have had to live through for nearly thirty years. It will not break the cycle of ever higher gas prices that are squeezing family budgets and destroying jobs. If the President is serious about reducing gas prices, he should support the numerous bills the House has already approved to lower gas prices, create jobs, and rollback the red tape hampering new domestic energy production," (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Supports Legislation to Create Jobs, Lower Gas Prices. 11 May 2011. "Representative Todd Rokita (IN-4) today released the following statement announcing his support for H.R. 1229, the 'Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act' and H.R. 1231, the 'Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act.' [¦] Increasing American energy production is the most critical step Congress can take to reduce gasoline prices now and in the future while creating thousands of new jobs. These pieces of legislation will help restart responsible off-shore drilling by putting a stop to the Obama administration's stonewalling of the permitting process and open new areas off-shore to oil and natural gas production." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Letter Concerning "Operation Turnaround". 4 October 2011. "In order to turn our economy around, we need the Senate to join us in our efforts to get America back on the right track. That's why today we are launching "Operation Turnaround," which is a call to action, appealing to our colleagues in the Senate to pass a budget and bring the following House-passed, pro-growth bills to a vote:-H.R. 1230, Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Todd Rokita voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Todd Rokita. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Todd Rokita voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Issue Position: Agriculture. 19 October 2011. "Wrong-headed as the "Cap and Trade" scheme is, I do believe the United States must reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil. This is both an economic and national security concern, which I believe ethanol made from corn and soy based biodiesel can help solve." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Issue Position: Cap and Trade. 19 October 2011. "The desire for clean air, clean water and a safe environment are important goals shared by everyone. I support responsible environmental legislation that protects the environment, while also protecting the rights of individuals and businesses. HR 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, known as "Cap and Trade" or "Cap and Tax", does not achieve a balance between protecting the environment and protecting our constitutional rights. The potential benefits of the bill are questionable and, if they exist, negligible at best. The harm done to the economy, via lost jobs, lost economic output, increased costs to the consumer are significant." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Another Red Tape Rollback Victory: House Passes EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011. 14 October 2011. "Last night the House of Representatives passed the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, legislation co-authored by Rep. Todd Rokita that prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing new regulations on boilers and incinerators that will cost businesses as much as $14.4 billion and destroy 224,000 jobs. 'The EPA Regulatory Relief Act is an important Red Tape Rollback victory. It targets just the type of job-killing regulations I partnered with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to repeal or prevent,' Rokita said. 'I have been writing the EPA's administrator since February urging the agency to reconsider these job-killing regulations. Unfortunately the EPA failed to consider the negative impacts of this rule. That is why I co-authored the EPA Regulatory Relief Act,' Rokita said. 'This legislation does what EPA bureaucrats have refused to do: it requires that maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rules be re-proposed to ensure standards are achievable, compliance deadlines are realistic, and jobs won't be destroyed because of bad decisions by unaccountable bureaucrats.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Letter to President Obama. 20 January 2012. "Routinely, this administration uses the regulatory apparatus to make an end run around Congress and the separation of powers. Unable to force economically destructive cap-and-trade legislation through Congress in 2009, the president empowered the Environmental Protection Agency to begin promulgating greenhouse gas rules." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Red Tape Rollback: Energy and Environment. 1 June 2012. "U.S. Rep. Rokita is committed to sound policies that unleash the economic power of our resources to create good jobs for Hoosiers. By speaking up for Hoosiers who suffer under red tape from the EPA and other agencies, he's working to ensure that environmental regulations don't stifle economic growth. [¦] Hoosier businesses have expressed concern about potential attempts by the EPA to strictly regulate greenhouse gas emissions, which could have a devastating effect on the economy. Although specific regulations are not at issue yet, U.S. Rep. Rokita is paying close attention to the EPA's approach to emissions monitoring." (rokita.house.gov)

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  • Todd Rokita. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 18 October 2011. "As a gun owner and a member of the National Rifle Association, I will defend the 2nd Amendment rights of Hoosiers. I'm proud of my "A" rating from the NRA. If we are going to keep up our traditions and pass them on to our children, we need leaders in Congress who understand, and will fight every day, to protect our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. That's what I've done as Secretary of State, and that's what I'll do in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. About Todd. 31 May 2012. "He is a committed pro-life conservative, an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment and a fiscal hawk with a proven record of accomplishment as Secretary of State." (www.toddrokitaforcongress.com)
  • Todd Rokita. NRA Endorsement. "Rokita supports national right-to-carry reciprocity and efforts to reform the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He opposes reenacting the failed Clinton gun ban, as well as efforts to regulate gun shows out of business. He also believes sportsmen should have access to federally owned or administered lands for hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting." (www.toddrokitaforcongress.com)

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  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Votes to End Wasteful ObamaCare Spending. 3 March 2011. "With passage of ObamaCare, the Secretary of Health and Human Services gained a troubling amount of authority over America's health care system and taxpayer dollars. In other words, another unelected bureaucrat was put in control of billions of tax dollars with little to no required oversight by Congress. At a time of record government red ink, the best thing we can do is protect precious taxpayer resources and this bill does just that." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Todd Rokita voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Issue Position: Health Care. 19 October 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)

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  • Todd Rokita. Rokita: Arrest of Illegal Immigrant Protestors at Statehouse Example of Need for Entitlement Reform. 13 May 2011. "If a $14.3 trillion dollar national debt isn't a big enough wake-up call that we need to make dramatic spending cuts, reform entitlement programs and put an end to our entitlement culture, the fact that now even illegal immigrants feel entitled to jobs and public services certainly is. Being able to immigrate to this great country is a blessing that we take for granted a lot of times, but everyone must do it legally and seek to contribute to our society. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Washington Post: Todd Rokita. "Rokita said he wasn't interested in legislation that would help some illegal immigrants obtain U.S. citizenship through college education or joining the military. 'We need to secure the borders. We need to punish those who have broken our laws no matter how they got here.'" (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • WLFI: Candidates Questioned in Hour-Long Forum. 7 October 2010. "'The DREAM Act is a kin to amnesty. We need to secure the borders. We need to punish those who have broken our laws no matter how they got here,' said Rokita." (www.wlfi.com)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Issues Statement on Obama Administration's Immigration Announcement. 15 June 2012. "The fact that so many people want to come to America from other countries is a testament to how exceptional America is, but our exceptionalism depends on government by the consent of the governed. The American people deserve laws, including immigration and border security policies, that have been fully debated and passed through Congress “ not dictated by the president as though he were a king. Immigrating to America is a privilege, not a right, and it's important that those who want to become Americans demonstrate respect for our rule of law." (rokita.house.gov)

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  • Todd Rokita. Rep. Todd Rokita Regarding the Killing of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "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." (toddrokitaforcongress.com)
  • Todd Rokita. Rep. Todd Rokita Regarding the Killing of Osama Bin Laden. "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." (toddrokitaforcongress.com)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Votes to Give Intelligence Community Essential Resources. 14 May 2011. "Aggressive, but legal, intelligence and interrogation methods are critical to the War on Terror and our national security. Congress must ensure that our intelligence agencies have every tool available to keep our country safe." (rokita.house.gov)

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  • Todd Rokita. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "Our debt is driven by these programs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. And the reason is because reckless politicians who came before this new Member made promises that can't possibly be kept. We are here to tell the truth, Mr. Chairman." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Rokita Leads on Honest Budget Resolution. 7 April 2011. "The 2012 budget proposal is a significant first step toward restoring financial responsibility and stability to our nation. The U.S. borrows 42 cents of every dollar it spends. Then, it spends nearly 2/3rds of those dollars on interest caused by the borrowing and on social entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. All of these programs are insolvent or quickly becoming so. This budget addresses these problems with real reforms that are big enough to make a difference. Just as important, it lays the groundwork for gradual reforms that preserve these programs and make the changes necessary to save them for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Rokita. Issues: Health Care. 31 May 2012. "The advent of Individual Retirement Accounts in 1974 and 401k plans in 1978 ushered in a new era of consumer driven retirement savings. Despite the ridiculous claims that they would only be savings accounts for the rich, IRAs, 401k, 403b plans provide millions of Americans with their primary source of retirement funds. The wisdom of the consumer has shown that a privately driven retirement system can be much more beneficial than a government mandated and operated system." (www.toddrokitaforcongress.com)

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