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Robert Aderholt's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 4, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
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Robert Aderholt 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. Robert Aderholt is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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

  • "Since I first ran for Congress, I have been committed to defending our traditional, conservative Alabama values in Washington. That means protecting families, respecting the sanctity of all life and recognizing the role that religion has played throughout our nation's history." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/family-values (aderholt.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.VW4moHUViko (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

  • "I voted against the bailout and the stimulus and Democrat's budget because I believe that massive spending and taxing will not lead to a growing economy. The path to our economic recovery starts with fiscal responsibility and lower taxes, and I support that message at today's Tea Parties." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/418887/congressman-aderholt-statement-on-tax-day-tea-party/?search=lower%20taxes#.VW4xIXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "However, on January 1, 2013, the House and Senate passed H.R. 8, which will increase taxes on individuals earning more than $400,000 and couples earning more than $450,000. I opposed this legislation. I believe that targeted spending cuts are the most responsible way to address the fiscal crisis facing our country, not increasing taxes on families and small businesses. " https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/taxes (aderholt.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "First, I will persistently and aggressively continue to search for ways the federal government can partner with state and local authorities to rid ourselves of this threat. In part that means funding programs, such as Drug Courts, that have proven successful in combating illegal drugs. Drug courts have been effective in substantially reducing drug use among program participants. At the state level, sentencing of dealers is a key component." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/fighting-drugs (aderholt.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I voted against the bailout and the stimulus and Democrat's budget because I believe that massive spending and taxing will not lead to a growing economy. The path to our economic recovery starts with fiscal responsibility and lower taxes, and I support that message at today's Tea Parties." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/418887/congressman-aderholt-statement-on-tax-day-tea-party/?search=lower%20taxes#.VW4xIXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In general, the United States tax code is overly complicated. What we need is a system that the average taxpayer can understand and comply with. We need to ensure that taxes are equitable and don't place an undue burden on individuals or businesses. To do this, we must control wasteful spending and ensure that federal dollars are being spent in a fiscally responsible manner. " https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/taxes (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "I believe that targeted spending cuts are the most responsible way to address the fiscal crisis facing our country, not increasing taxes on families and small businesses." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/taxes (aderholt.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to ensure that taxes are equitable and don't place an undue burden on individuals or businesses. To do this, we must control wasteful spending and ensure that federal dollars are being spent in a fiscally responsible manner. " https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/taxes (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "The path to our economic recovery starts with fiscal responsibility and lower taxes, and I support that message at today's Tea Parties." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/418887/congressman-aderholt-statement-on-tax-day-tea-party/?search=lower%20taxes#.VW4xIXUViko (votesmart.org)
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

  • "There are many who believe that the federal government should be more involved in determining what happens in our nation's schools. I disagree. While the federal government can certainly play a role in funding educational opportunities for students and determining national priorities, it shouldn't be involved in determining a day-to-day classroom curriculum or where a local community spends it educational dollars." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/education (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "States need the ability to abandon Common Core. Education is done best when it is locally controlled." https://twitter.com/robert_aderholt/status/571036412608425984 (twitter.com)
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" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944 (votesmart.org)
  • "Furthermore, the Keystone XL Pipeline should be approved immediately, and we should allow for streamlined permitting of other oil and natural gas pipelines. This would create thousands of jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851537/issue-position-energy#.VXIcJ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We offer our full support of the current process undertaken by the House Committee on Ways and Means that will allow the most anti-competitive and economically harmful tax provisions, specifically the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), to expire." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/914004/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-and-kevin-mccarthy-majority-leader-of-the-house-end-the-wind-production-tax-credit/?search=green%20energy#.VXIewnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Second, we should encourage the cost-effective development of renewable energy technologies, but we need to get out of the business of picking winners and losers. This means pursuing a market based approach - instead of unrealistic and distorting tax breaks - that utilizes innovative technologies to create electricity such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, geothermal or any other potentially viable renewable energy sources." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/energy (aderholt.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing, or will in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/475583/the-gadsden-times-controversy-about-climate-change/?search=greenhouse%20gases#.VW4u83UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[?] I certainly oppose policy proposals such as Cap & Trade and other similar carbon emission control systems that harm economic growth and destroy American jobs." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/energy (aderholt.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 92% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt/37#.VW4riXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In the 112th Congress, I cosponsored H.R. 822, the National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act. The bill, which passed the House, would allow law abiding gun owners with valid state-issued concealed firearm permits to carry a concealed firearm in any other state, which also allows concealed firearms. I will continue to support this kind of legislation, as I firmly believe that we need to expand the rights of gun owners rather than seeking new ways to impose restrictions." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/gun-rights (aderholt.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Repealing ObamaCare means we can move forward with a commonsense approach that will decrease burdens, lower costs and protect American jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/787339/aderholt-supports-full-repeal-of-obamacare/?search=Obamacare#.VXIghnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I opposed the President's healthcare bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as Obamacare. " https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/health-care (aderholt.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

  • "In some quarters, discussions on illegal immigration have included talk of amnesty for those who entered the country illegally. I feel very strongly that amnesty should not be automatically granted to those who are here illegally. We are a nation of laws and we would send the wrong message if we were to merely give amnesty to those who openly disregard our laws." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/_immigration (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "I am introducing legislation today that not only defunds President Obama's Executive Amnesty orders but also removes his discretion in granting the benefits that goes along with them. My goal was to draft a conservative bill that addresses the executive amnesty issue and that is what we have done." http://yellowhammernews.com/politics-2/breaking-alabamas-aderholt-delivers-bill-defunding-obamas-immigration-actions/ (yellowhammernews.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "People have the right to live as they choose, but not to redefine marriage for the rest of society. Today, a full 44 states have enacted laws providing that marriage is between a man and a woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/71782/congressman-aderholt-casts-vote-to-protect-marriage/?search=marriage#.VXIk83UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) has been recognized as a "True Blue" Member of Congress by FRC Action and Focus on the Family Action for his unwavering commitment to the family. [...] "Members of the 110th Congress who receive this award have shown themselves to be consistent defenders of faith, family, and freedom, "said FRC Action President Tony Perkins. "I applaud these Members for upholding the institutions of marriage and family even in the face of hostile opposition from the liberal leadership in Congress." https://aderholt.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/aderholt-wins-pro-family-pro-life-award (aderholt.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "However, I have real concerns about sending cruise missiles into Syria at this time. It still is not clear who exactly we would be helping by taking military action. There are also concerns about how an attack would advance the interests of the United States. I remain skeptical about supporting the President's plan of attack." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/921762/alabamacom-rep-robert-aderholt-says-he-is-still-skeptical-of-syria-attack-plan#.VXIm4HUVhHw (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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

Inferred Answer

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