Representative Steve Stivers's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 15, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 15
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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have a 100 percent pro-life voting record and have a 0 percent approval rating from the pro-abortion group, NARAL. As a husband, father and man of faith, I understand the importance of life and family values. That is why I support legislation restricting and regulating abortion and prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds by the government for abortion." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700688/issue-position-abortion#.VcJPd3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "That is why on August 2, 2011, I voted for the Budget Control Act which reflects the principles of cut, cap and balance, and enforces discretionary spending caps to cut and restrain spending over the next 10 years, with no new taxes." http://stivers.house.gov/issues/debt/ (stivers.house.gov)
  • "In my lifetime, the federal government has only managed to balance its budget five times. Clearly, our federal government has a systemic problem which deserves a systemic solution. That solution is a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the United States Constitution." http://stivers.house.gov/issues/bba/ (stivers.house.gov)

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  • Signed a letter stating "It is time to move beyond recognition of the problem and actually treat opioid addiction as a disease and the national priority it is. We have a higher number of effective treatment interventions available today than ever before, and the trend leading to so many tragic consequences can, and must, be reversed." http://womack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/letter_to_hhs_re_samhsa_9-22-14.pdf (womack.house.gov)

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  • "That is why on August 2, 2011, I voted for the Budget Control Act which reflects the principles of cut, cap and balance, and enforces discretionary spending caps to cut and restrain spending over the next 10 years, with no new taxes." http://stivers.house.gov/issues/debt/ (stivers.house.gov)
  • "H. Res. 38 serves as a down payment toward more responsible government by returning funding to 2008 levels before the expensive and unsuccessful taxpayer-funded bailouts and stimulus programs were put into place." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/581357/stivers-votes-to-cut-government-spending/?search=Stimulus#.VjOWsmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Because of the astronomical spending over the past years, our national debt now stands at around $18 trillion and counting. I have two young children, and their shares of the national debt are more than $50,000 each. This is alarming, and Congress has an obligation to make the tough decisions to reduce federal spending and the size of government so we can provide our children with a better future." http://stivers.house.gov/issues/cutspending/ (stivers.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VaPoUPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress also needs to lower the corporate tax rates to remain competitive, in the world economy. We cannot compete with other countries without being innovative and matching the incentives of other nations. If we want to bring jobs back here to the United States, we must take the necessary steps to reduce both taxes and regulations on our businesses." http://stivers.house.gov/issues/jobs/ (stivers.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VaPmTPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VaPm1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The President's veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline is bad for jobs, bad for America and bad for our energy independence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958821/stivers-statement-on-veto-of-keystone-pipeline/?search=xl#.VcJS53UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "The problem with this project isn't that it is renewable energy. We all support renewable energy. This is a renewable energy that is not supporting American jobs. In fact, they have outsourced their turbines to Denmark and their turbine platforms to Germany." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973583/energy-and-water-development-and-related-agencies-appropriations-act-2016#.VcJULHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Energy prices in Ohio and across the nation are increasing at a time when Americans can least afford it. We must support all options available to us, including renewable energy, clean coal, and expanded drilling here at home. Congress needs to implement an all-of-the-above energy plan that capitalizes on our nation's strengths and increases our nation's energy independence." http://stivers.house.gov/issues/energy/ (stivers.house.gov)
  • "Energy independence is important for our country. We need an energy plan that embraces all options for energy - including green energy technology, nuclear, and clean coal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504584/issue-position-energy#.VcJUg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "More importantly, we believe that the authority to limit carbon emissions, even if that were actually a necessity, rests in neither the Constitution nor the Clean Air Act but in the true free market of individual choices made by the American people." http://jeffduncan.house.gov/sites/jeffduncan.house.gov/files/Duncan%20Carbon%20Emission%20Letter%20to%20EPA.pdf (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • "Congress has been working to pass their version of an energy plan (cap and trade), but the American people should not be fooled. What Congress has passed amounts to another tax on families and another job killer in our communities, especially here in Ohio. Our country cannot afford a direct hit to our domestic energy industry and Ohio families cannot afford higher electric bills." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504584/issue-position-energy#.VcJUg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1034/rating/6568 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am and will continue to be a strong defender of our Second Amendment rights afforded to us in the US Constitution." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504583/issue-position-the-second-amendment#.VcJVj3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VaPp2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VaPv9flViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the President's health care law is a disappointment. The health care law is a huge burden that has hurt our economy by driving up costs and making it less likely that businesses will hire new employees, as well as placing a crushing financial burden onto future generations. We need to fully repeal this law and move forward with a deliberate, thoughtful approach that reduces the cost of health care across the board." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/712376/stivers-statement-on-health-care-decision#.VcJWPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "We need immigration reform, but the President's plan is not the answer. First and foremost we must secure our borders and ensure the proper enforcement of our current immigration laws. Secondly, we must enforce our immigration system in a legal and orderly way- which should not include granting amnesty to those who knowingly and willingly cross our borders illegally." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938675/stivers-statement-on-the-presidents-speech-on-immigration#.VcJYG3UVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "Secondly, we must enforce our immigration system in a legal and orderly way - which should not include granting amnesty to those who knowingly and willingly cross our borders illegally." http://stivers.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=389469 (stivers.house.gov)

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  • "You know, I believe marriage is between one man and one woman, but that's the president's choice to do what he thinks is right." http://www.nbcnews.com/video/msnbc/47360775#47360775 (www.nbcnews.com)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/45333/steve-stivers/76#.VcJYf3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. [?] Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades." http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/sites/republicans.foreignaffairs.house.gov/files/03.20.15%20-%20Iran%20Letter%20-%20POTUS.pdf (foreignaffairs.house.gov)
  • "I support President Obama's course of action in Syria and Iraq. These Muslim extremist groups are a real threat to America and we must continue to take action with our coalition partners and work towards building an even larger coalition moving forward, including ensuring partners like Saudi Arabia pay for much of the costs of this effort." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930266/stivers-statement-on-military-action-in-syria#.VcJZdXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "The promises made to our seniors must be promises kept, which is why I oppose privatizing social security and oppose raising the retirement age as a way of stretching benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/553924/issue-position-protecting-social-security#.VcJbk3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm opposed to privatization of the system: I think President Bush was wrong on that. I think we have to work together and stop politicalizing Social Security and Congress has to stop spending the money in the Social Security trust fund." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/380388/#.VabNXflViko (votesmart.org)

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