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Roy Blunt's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (MO) - Jr, Republican Majority Conference Vice Chair
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Roy Blunt has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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

  • "He believes everyone should have the opportunity to succeed, is a strong supporter of the right to life, and supports pro-growth economic, energy, and regulatory policies that will encourage the creation of more good-paying, full-time jobs for workers today and future generations of Missourians tomorrow." http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/help-missouri-families (www.blunt.senate.gov)
  • Rated 6% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/418/roy-blunt/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54058 (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

  • "Senator Blunt believes we need a fairer, flatter tax system. In the beginning of 2013, he voted to protect middle class families and small business owners from the largest tax hike in American history." http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/grow-jobs-and-opportunity (www.blunt.senate.gov)
  • "In the beginning of 2013, he voted to protect middle class families and small business owners from the largest tax hike in American history." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991405/issue-position-grow-jobs-and-opportunity/ (votesmart.org)
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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Unfortunately, bigger government, more spending, higher taxes, and more debt have created an inequality crisis of opportunity in our country, and those policies have disproportionately hurt low and middle-class Americans for far too long." http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/grow-jobs-and-opportunity (www.blunt.senate.gov)
  • "Because Missouri is a hub for our nation's railways, highways, and waterways, it is imperative that our transportation planners and industry have the long-term certainty they need to promote investment, ensure the safety and reliability of existing infrastructure, and expedite the permitting process for new projects. The bill passed by the Senate today represents the longest highway authorization in more than a decade, and I am glad we can finally move forward with infrastructure improvements that will benefit Missouri's families and small businesses, and provide a foundation for the 21st century economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1029660/senator-blunt-secures-missouri-priorities-in-senate-passed-highway-bill (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Blunt has worked his entire career to limit the size, scope, and inefficiency of the federal government, helping roll back the top tax rates and capital gains to levels we haven't seen in 20 years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/365174/issue-position-working-to-keep-taxes-low-and-government-accountable#.VZvhq_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54061 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Senator Blunt believes we need a fairer, flatter tax system. In the beginning of 2013, he voted to protect middle class families and small business owners from the largest tax hike in American history." http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/grow-jobs-and-opportunity (www.blunt.senate.gov)
  • "Roy Blunt is a firm believer in the power of small business – not only as an engine of economic progress, but a social good that stands at the core of the American identity. That's why he continues to advocate for lower taxes rates for small businesses, a market-based approach to health insurance that would lower the cost for employee and employer alike, and a streamlining of the regulatory red tape that in far too many cases does more harm than good." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/365175/issue-position-helping-small-businesses-build-our-economy-and-strengthen-our-workforce#.VZvhDPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.Amdt.1465 "Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/37528 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/248684/#.VZvkPflViko (votesmart.org)
  • "America's economy and job creation depend on having a highly-skilled and highly-educated workforce that can compete effectively in the global economy. Senator Blunt believes that funding and control of classrooms belongs to the states and local communities – not to Washington D.C." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/631881/issue-position-education#.VZ6Mo3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Keystone XL Pipeline would help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create thousands of American jobs immediately." http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2014/4/senator-blunt-appalling-for-obama-admin-to-play-politics-with-american-jobs-continue-blocking-keystone-xl-pipeline (www.blunt.senate.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50943#.VZvldPlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As part of an all-of-the-above energy policy, Senator Blunt believes renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass will also play a role in our energy future. He is an original cosponsor of the 'Domestic Energy and Jobs Act' (DEJA), which would advance offshore wind production and streamline energy permitting for all sources of energy, including oil, natural gas, coal, wind, and solar." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/848384/issue-position-energy/ (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington shouldn’t pick winners and losers through legislative or regulatory policies that penalize low-cost energy sources that many Americans depend on." http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/expand-american-energy (www.blunt.senate.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Senator Blunt has fought hard against the Obama Administration’s attempts to implement a cap-and-trade program, and he has introduced several legislative measures to prevent a carbon tax that would penalize the poorest Americans." http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/expand-american-energy (www.blunt.senate.gov)
  • "The Supreme Court's move to limit the EPA's overreach is a step in the right direction. I'll keep fighting to protect Missourians from the Obama Administration's job-destroying energy policies, which are especially harmful for the families who are struggling to make ends meet." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/886576/senator-blunts-response-to-supreme-courts-epa-ruling/ (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54525 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.Amdt.719 "Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43806 (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama’s gun protection proposals may have some value-base according to Missouri’s junior U.S. Senator, Republican Roy Blunt. However, Blunt continues to believe no successful legislation will come from calls for greater gun restrictions." http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2013/1/kcur-missouri-senator-says-obama-gun-violence-measure-takes-wrong-tack (www.blunt.senate.gov)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/418/roy-blunt/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54637 (votesmart.org)
  • "Senator Blunt repeatedly co-sponsored legislation to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety." http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/provide-quality-healthcare (www.blunt.senate.gov)
  • "No matter what the Supreme Court ultimately decides, I believe the President’s health care takeover represents an unmitigated intrusion into Americans’ fundamental rights and freedom. That’s why we must work together to repeal this flawed law and enact common-sense bipartisan solutions that will put patients and doctors in control of their health care – not Washington bureaucrats." http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/news?ID=7536f9c5-3748-46e9-8166-cd10b140e586 (www.blunt.senate.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/264655/#.VZvqK_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/365172/#.VZvqq_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.Amdt.1197 "Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45516 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/345688/#.Vh_fc2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220#.Vh_gPmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/224748/#.Vh_gHmwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congress stands ready to work with the administration to provide the tools and resources necessary to enhance our intelligence capabilities, reinforce the coalition's fight against ISIS, and prevent terrorists from entering the United States." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055076/blunt-obama-administrations-genocide-declaration-demands-a-plan-to-defeat-isis/ (votesmart.org)
  • "If left unchecked, the danger posed by ISIL could easily produce a significant threat to the United States. This group is not a manageable problem' as the president described it last week. But instead, it matches his description today of a group that must be defeated. I hope the president's plan and his resolve can meet the goal of defeating this enemy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918860/senator-blunts-response-to-president-obamas-speech-on-isil#.VZ6QFnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • Rated 6% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/418/roy-blunt/53 (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress and the President need to work together to fix Social Security instead of passing short-term fixes and punting on the tough decisions." http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2011/12/senator-blunt-congress-president-must-work-to-fix-social-security-instead-of-punting-tough-decisions (www.blunt.senate.gov)

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.

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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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