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Roy Blunt's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (MO) - Jr, Republican Minority Conference Vice Chair
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Roy Blunt refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 22 September 2010. National Right to Life Committee endorsed Roy Blunt in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted NO on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. HR 3660. 106th Congress. To amend title 18, United States Code, to ban partial-birth abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted YES on 4 May 2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted YES on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted YES on 2 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt Amendment Blocking Federal Funding For Abortions Approved By Energy & Commerce Committee. 31 July 2009. "An amendment blocking federal funding for abortions offered by Health Care Solutions Group Chairman Roy Blunt passed with bipartisan support this evening during consideration of the majority's plan for a government-takeover of health care. Blunt's amendment, offered with Congressmen Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), prevents the health care plan, now moving through Congress, from requiring coverage for abortion on demand with federal tax dollars. "As more and more Americans express their concerns over the government-takeover of our health care system, the Energy & Commerce Committee was able to send a clear signal tonight that American tax dollars should not be used to fund abortions," Blunt said. "Again and again, Congress has made it clear that federal tax dollars should not be used to fund procedures that are objectionable to the majority of Americans. Tonight the Committee underscored that belief. I hope our bipartisan viewpoint is upheld as this bill moves forward," Blunt continued. "Every insurance premium holder and taxpayer in American would have been paying for abortions without this important change to the legislation." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roy Blunt. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted YES on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt signed American Family Business Institute: Death Tax Repeal Pledge. (www.nodeathtax.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 85 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted YES on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt: Democrats Vote to Keep Death Tax Alive. 10 October 2007. "House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement this evening after the majority rejected an amendment on the floor, offered by fellow Missourian Kenny Hulshof, R-Columbia, that would have permanently repealed the Death Tax: "The Death Tax is one of the least equitable, most economically harmful taxes ever dreamed up by the federal government. It's a tax that penalizes the wrong people for doing the right things - and it costs the American economy hundreds of thousands of jobs each year." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005. 13 April 2005. "More than 70 percent of family businesses do not survive the second generation, and 87 percent do not make it to the third generation because of the estate tax. The idea that you give your son $2 million overlooks the vast numbers of family members in this country who actually are working side by side with their son or daughter. It is hard to tell who made the money and who did not, but on the day that the original member of the family passes away, suddenly the side-by-side partner has a big problem....Medium-to-large farms like the Larsons' produce more than 80 percent of agricultural products in America. Let us put some certainty in the future for those kinds of families. Let us do the right thing and abolish this tax that penalizes savings and hard work." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Permanent Estate Tax Relief Act of 2006. 22 June 2006. "Now, I will say first of all that I never thought a trip to the undertaker should also necessitate a trip to visit the IRS by somebody in your family. And while I would like to see the total elimination of the death tax, I think that the bill that the chairman has brought to the floor today solves the problem for millions of American families who have businesses and farms that are worth more than that old exemption; that this suddenly lets them put money that has been going into tax avoidance into continuing to grow their business, continuing to create jobs, continuing to create opportunity, and continuing to expand and build." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roy Blunt. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted YES on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of the Club for Growth 76 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted NO on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt Votes Against Releasing Additional Taxpayer Funds, Supports Accountability Report. 22 January 2009. "Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt today voted against releasing the second installment of funds under the government's financial rescue package, called the Troubled Assets Relief Program. 'Congress passed a financial rescue package with taxpayer protections last year but that package has become nothing more than a bailout,' Blunt said. 'I agree with the majority of Americans and Missourians that we cannot release the second installment of taxpayer funds.' The House voted on a 'resolution of disapproval,' meaning Blunt's yes vote would block access to the bailout funds." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Getting the Job Done. 15 February 2008. "Over the past month, Republicans and Democrats put politics aside and came together to address the economic unease being felt across our nation today with a bipartisan economic growth package that overwhelmingly passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and which President Bush signed into law last week. What we produced will put an immediate, short-term infusion of $152 billion back into the economy to forestall the possibility of a recession by getting money back in the hands of American workers and businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt Statement On President's Budget Proposal. 1 Februrary 2010. "Last week, President Obama looked the American people in the eye as part of his State of the Union address and told us: "[F]amilies across the country are tightening their belts and making tough decisions. The federal government should do the same.' "Yet today the president sent to the Hill a budget that more than doubles our debt, elevates our spending to a record $3.8 trillion next year, and drives us toward a deficit of $1.6 trillion. "Where's the belt tightening in that proposal? "While I applaud the president's spending freeze plans, they are too little too late. I supported a spending freeze last year -- before the president added tens of billions of dollars in new annual spending and a $787 billion stimulus bill. This spending freeze only applies to 13 percent of the budget and doesn't even go into effect until next year. "We need a balanced budget amendment and a line-item veto immediately in order to rein in this out of control spending and tackle wasteful spending. "Tomorrow is Ground Hog Day. I'm predicting that Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow because this budget is more of the same spending, taxing and borrowing that kills jobs and stifles our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt Statement on Passage of Economic Rescue Package . 3 October 2008. "If the past few weeks have taught us anything, it's that each and every one of us with a mortgage to pay, a payroll to make, or a pension to look forward to has a very real stake in the strength and stability of our financial markets. When a small business owner with good credit can't get a loan to cover his overhead, that's not only a problem for his business - it's a problem for every single person he employs. And our economy in general. "The action we were forced to take this week on the House floor was extraordinary, difficult, and necessary. And though not a perfect bill, I was proud to lend my hand to the process in a way to help ensure taxpayer protections were included, and unrelated special-interest give-aways were left out. I'm also proud to support the middle-class tax relief measures included in the final package." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roy Blunt. CNN Inside Politics -Transcript. 22 June 2005. "BLUNT: We just had four of our member who's have been on pretty-had pretty different views of this announce today a bill that they intend to file that would take the Social Security surplus that has been being spent, for decades now, for other things and invest that surplus in individually owned accounts. I think that's a good step in the right direction and once Americans under 55 begin to get that quarterly or bi-annual report about how much money is in their account that would go to the people they care about if something happens to them prior to retirement, I think they're going to move dramatically in the direction of private accounts, as that concept would be a reality." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 20 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. H Amdt 497 to HR 2181. 105th Congress. An amendment to add a new section which provides that in further consideration of death sentence recommendations, life imprisonment shall be imposed instead, if the court has any doubt that a defendent actually committed the offense. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted NO on 25 February 1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt on Saddam Hussein Guilty Verdict. 6 November 2006. "Today's verdict ensures that the once brutal dictator Saddam Hussein pays the ultimate price for the suffering he has inflicted on hundreds of his own people. "The United States and the world are safer because Saddam Hussein sits on death row, not in a palace in Baghdad plotting to harm millions of innocent Americans and Iraqis. "The Iraqi people can celebrate knowing that with this verdict, the days of despair and brutality at the hands of Saddam and his henchmen are over. And while they will continue to face challenges ahead, today's action by the Iraqi court is one step closer to freedom and peace for all Iraqis." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Home School Legal Defense Association. 1999-2000. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of the Home School Legal Defense Association 80 percent in 1999-2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. HR 1. 107th Congress. To close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted YES on 23 May 2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt: Parents, Teachers Best Equipped To Educate Our Nation's Students. 15 March 2007. "Making sure that every child in this country has access to a high quality education is a responsibility we all share, but it's one that I believe parents, teachers, and local administrators are best equipped to handle. As Congress looks to update No Child Left Behind this year, we would do well to keep that principle in mind as we try to balance the interests of accountability with the imperative of ensuring local control.... At its core, the A-PLUS Act would reduce the regulatory burden associated with federal financial support of education programs so that local educators and administrators can focus on educating rather than filling out bureaucratic paperwork. The bill achieves that by making sure states are held accountable to parents and the public for advancing the academic achievement of all students, especially children in rural areas and others who may be disadvantaged." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roy Blunt. Blunt Statement Supporting American Energy Act. 10 June 2009. "Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt today issued the following statement after Republicans introduced The American Energy Act, alternative energy legislation to the Democrats' national energy tax: "This legislation serves as a common-sense alternative to policies some are backing that do nothing more than penalize American families and businesses for turning on their lights or driving a car. That energy tax will cost every American and doesn't address the issue of how we will fuel our economy in the future. "We need to find ways to protect our environment and our economy. Saving one at the expense of the other is not the proper course of action, but I believe the two are not mutually exclusive. The alternative I'm supporting can accomplish both those goals. "The United States has the largest coal reserves in the world and more than 80 percent of Missouri's electricity is coal generated. We must strike a balance between continuing to use fossil fuels, including clean coal and coal to liquids, and developing new technology. "I have always supported an all-of-the-above energy policy that relies on conservation, alternative fuels and more job-creating American energy. That's what this bill does."
  • Roy Blunt signed Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 18 May 2009. (www.noclimatetax.com)
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted NO on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt Offers "Emergency Exit" Amendment to Protect Consumers From Backdoor Energy Tax. 19 May 2009. "The legislation the committee is marking up, The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, places a constantly decreasing cap on emissions while forcing energy producers, manufacturers and farmers to purchase offsets if they exceed those arbitrary, government-mandated caps. The cost of those offsets will be passed to the consumer and cause the cost of doing business in America to increase." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt Statement on Vote Against National Energy Tax. 26 June 2009. "Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt today voted against legislation to create a national energy tax. The bill, H.R. 2454, passed today by House Democrats contains provisions that would increase energy rates for every American family, farmer and business. "This bill affects every American that uses electricity, goes to the grocery store or buys anything made by an American manufacturer," Blunt said. "I support the ultimate goal of protecting our environment, but we must look at the real ramifications this bill will have on our already struggling economy. Protecting our environment and jumpstarting our economy are not mutually exclusive. We can create better paying jobs at home by developing more American energy, relying on clean fuel alternatives and promoting conservation." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Roy Blunt a grade of A-. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1991 and 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Congressman Blunt Signs Petition to Support Second Amendment Rights. 24 July 2008. "Congressman Blunt Signs Petition to Support Second Amendment Rights. Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt was among the first to sign a petition this afternoon requesting a vote to allow Washington, D.C., residents the same right to keep and bear arms - assured by the Second Amendment - that Missourians enjoy every day. "The Supreme Court's recent decision to reinstate the fundamental right of self-defense for those who live in Washington, D.C., was a landmark opinion - and a long-overdue one at that," said Blunt. "Unfortunately those charged with administering this new law have found a way to circumvent the ruling of the Supreme Court by imposing new restrictions on citizens who lawfully apply for a permit. And that cannot stand." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt Votes to Uphold Second Amendment Rights. 20 May 2009. "Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt today voted to support legislation allowing state and local gun laws to apply within wildlife refuges and national parks. "Law-abiding Americans are guaranteed the right to bear arms by the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Crossing an imaginary line from state to national land shouldn't change that," Blunt said. "Congress has the responsibility to protect the rights of American citizens and this amendment does that by upholding local laws governing the use of firearms." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roy Blunt signed The Club for Growth: Repeal It. (www.repealit.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 13 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Statement on President's Press Conference. 23 June 2009. "Republicans agree with President Obama that every family in the country deserves access to affordable, high-quality health care. But, despite the President's ambiguous promises, that simply will not happen with a government-plan. His own advisors have said no one should take President Obama's rhetoric literally, and the non-partisan office charged with evaluating legislation estimates a government health care takeover will force millions of Americans off their current health care plan. Republicans have a common-sense plan to improve health care for all Americans without leaving future generations with mountains of debt. We are committed to a bipartisan solution to our nation's health care problems and will continue reaching out to the White House to find the right plan for American families." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt On Government Control Of Health Care. 21 March 2010. "Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt voted "no' tonight on the Washington Democrats' two-trillion-dollar health care bill. "The bipartisan vote tonight was the vote against the colossal government intrusion into health care that passed the House. Like the thousands of Missourians I've heard from, a bipartisan coalition of Democrats and Republicans opposed Nancy Pelosi's government takeover of health care." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 0 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 77 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt: Immigration Plan Must Secure Border, Reestablish Rule Of Law. 22 May 2007. "The clear delineation of a national border, coupled with a general willingness to enforce it, is the most basic requirement of a sovereign nation. As Congress looks to renew the debate on immigration, it must first put forward a serious plan to secure our borders without offering amnesty to those who continue to enter this country illegally." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Immigration system fundamentally flawed. 19 September 2006. "I think we can all agree that our immigration system is fundamentally flawed. There are millions of workers in the United States who entered this country illegally. Most of those individuals mean no harm to anyone. But any government that cannot account for all those entering and leaving the country, either legally or illegally, must deal seriously and quickly with that problem -- especially if the government is at war with an enemy that has publicly stated its efforts to exploit every weakness we have." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Issue Position: Enforcing our Border, Standing Up for the Rule of Law. "As Majority Whip, Roy Blunt helped shepherd through Congress a tough but fair immigration bill, a bill that ordered additional security agents to the border, the construction of a southern border fence, and levied stiff penalties on employers caught in violation of the law. In this new Congress, Blunt has once again led the fight by making sure that immigration policies which would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants do not become law." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roy Blunt. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Roy Blunt supported the interests of Peace Action West 8 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt On President's Afghanistan Decisions. 1 December 2009. "The president tonight tried to walk a line between the political views of those who are ready to give up on the war in Afghanistan, and the real-world needs of both our troops on the ground and the Afghan people, all of whom need to have confidence that the U.S. is there to get the job done. While I'm pleased that he will take steps toward adopting General McChrystal's troop level recommendations, setting a published timetable while announcing a troop increase will satisfy neither of those groups. I continue to believe that our troops and their commanders need clear and unambiguous strategic direction to fight and win the war in Afghanistan. As I've said in the past, General McChrystal should testify directly to Congress about whether the latest strategy out of the White House will achieve success in Afghanistan. Our troops also need to know we support them and their efforts - for as long as it takes. While we all hope to achieve success in a short timeframe, the president's announcement that our role in the war will simply conclude within twenty months is difficult to comprehend. We have no reason to believe the Taliban in Afghanistan will adhere to a timetable dictated by politics in the United States." (www.blunt.house.gov)
  • Roy Blunt. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President Of The United States. 19 November 2009. "We believe that it is long overdue for our military to be in the execution stage of the strategy instead of the evaluation stage. While no one disputes that a Commander-in-Chief should deliberate before making decisions, particularly in matters involving life and death, we believe this review is having a detrimental impact on our efforts in Afghanistan. While 68,000 U.S. forces are fighting on the battlefield, your strategy review in Washington has returned the country to the policy drift that undermined our efforts in Afghanistan for much of the war. Members who have just returned from visiting theater report that our military believes they can succeed, but are unsure whether Washington will give them the opportunity. Mr. President, only you can put this conflict back on a path toward success in our mission to deny al-Qaeda and the Taliban safe haven in Afghanistan to plan and execute attacks on Americans. Our military forces want to know that their mission has the attention and support of the Commander-in-Chief. While you rightly speak of military sacrifice, we seldom hear you speak of success. We encourage you to make a spirited defense of your strategy. Absent your leadership and a public determination to win in Afghanistan, we simply cannot succeed." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 22 September 2010. Eagle Forum endorsed Roy Blunt in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Blunt voted YES on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Blunt: California Supreme Court Overturns Will of the People. 15 May 2008. "House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement today condemning the overreach by California's Supreme Court overturning the will of the people of California that voted in 2000 to define marriage as being between a man and a woman: "Today, the decision of unelected judges to overturn the will of the people of California on the question of same-sex marriage demonstrates the lengths that unelected judges will go to substitute their own worldview for the wisdom of the American people. The Supreme Court of California chose today to legislate from the bench without any concern or deference for the democratic process. "This ruling effectively opens the door to allowing the opinion of this state's court on same-sex marriage to stand as the law of the land for the entire country. These California values are not the values of the majority of the American people and the manner in which this decision was rendered is not consistent with the values of a democratic society." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Blunt. Nancy Pelosi's Liberal Shop of Horrors. 31 October 2006. "Values and the Protection of Our Children: Redefinition of Marriage - Should a federal court strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and thus require states to recognize the same sex marriages granted by Massachusetts, Congress would have to act to protect traditional marriage. Since Pelosi voted against the Defense of Marriage Act it is highly unlikely that she would bring legislation to the floor defending traditional marriage. (Roll Call Vote 316, 104th Congress)" (votesmart.org)

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