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Bob Gibbs' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 7, Republican
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Bob Gibbs 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. Bob Gibbs 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

  • “I have always supported pro-life efforts and believe groups that perform abortions, like Planned Parenthood, should not get one dime of taxpayer dollars.” http://www.bobgibbsforcongress.com/issues.php (www.bobgibbsforcongress.com)
  • "I am a strong defender of life and believe it should be protected at every opportunity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/607184/#.VaUtcflViko (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R. 36 “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (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

  • Signed a letter stating "To fundamentally and permanently reform the way that Washington budgets and spends, 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/615394/#.VaUuLvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • “We cannot tax our way out of deficit spending and should not do it on the backs of Ohio’s families.” http://www.bobgibbsforcongress.com/issues.php (www.bobgibbsforcongress.com)
  • "I have said all along: We must stop spending money we don't have, we cannot raise taxes, and I would not support a debt limit increase without significant spending cuts and reforms to reduce our debt." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630872/ (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.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "To fundamentally and permanently reform the way that Washington budgets and spends, 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/615394/#.VaUuLvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's vote for the FAST Act is a critical step in maintaining our investments in the nation's transportation network. This bipartisan legislation provides states with the long-term certainty needed in planning their infrastructure projects. We are giving states and local governments more flexibility by converting the Surface Transportation Program into a block grant. Additionally, we are further streamlining the permitting and study process to ensure that critical projects are completed on time and on budget.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1066749/congressman-gibbs-statement-on-highway-bill-passage (votesmart.org)
  • "I have said all along: We must stop spending money we don't have, we cannot raise taxes, and I would not support a debt limit increase without significant spending cuts and reforms to reduce our debt." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630872/ (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 “Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • "Our nation is in desperate need for fundamental tax reform to broaden the base of taxpayers, eliminate special interest tax credits, and lower the tax rate for individuals and businesses alike. Tax reform can immediately boost job creation and competitiveness, since our current system penalizes companies who want to invest in America through double-taxation." http://gibbs.house.gov/issue/taxes (gibbs.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VaPmTPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama's formal rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline today is the latest example of his radical anti-energy agenda. Rather than approve a project that will create jobs and lower energy costs for American families, Obama is making North American energy independence more difficult to achieve.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1025730/gibbs-statement-on-rejection-of-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VaPm1PlViko (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The National Energy Tax is bad for Ohio and is wrong for America. Zack Space voted for Cap-and-Trade even though he knew full well that it could cost Ohioans over 100,000 jobs and would cost the average household approximately $1,761 per year in increased energy rates.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504630/issue-position-cap-and-trade#.VcEfw3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.C.R. 15 “Resolution Opposing Federal Cap and Trade Legislation” http://votesmart.org/bill/9802/26620/45466/resolution-opposing-federal-cap-and-trade-legislation (votesmart.org)
  • 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/54616 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a life-member of the NRA, I am proud to have received previous NRA endorsements in all of my legislative races to date. In Congress, I will continue my record of supporting legislation that protects our right to keep and bear arms. I am proud to have received an A rating from the NRA based on my legislative voting record, and I will continue to stand up for the rights of sportsmen and gun owners." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504629/#.VaWKrPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/45466/bob-gibbs/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "This law by no means circumvents any state or local laws. Just as one state recognizes the driver's license from another state, H.R. 822 simply allows people with valid state-issued concealed firearm permits or licenses to carry a concealed firearm in all states that also issue concealed firearm permits or licenses. This bill simply allows law abiding citizens to practice their constitutional right." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/651521/#.VaWJwvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.B.239 “Allowing Concealed Firearms in Establishments that Serve Alcohol” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/30590 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I and many of my colleagues were elected to repeal Obamacare, which we have voted on time and time again.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991825/statement-from-congressman-gibbs-on-king-v-burwell/?search=obamacare#.VjI4d2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VaPv9flViko (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored H. J. RES. 32 “Marriage Protection Amendment” https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hjres32/BILLS-114hjres32ih.pdf (www.congress.gov)
  • “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and this union must be preserved.” http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2015/02/ohio_republicans_back_constitu.html (www.cleveland.com)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/45466/bob-gibbs/76#.VcEiEHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred 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

  • “I am committed that both Social Security and Medicare will be there for seniors and future retiree's. We need to ensure that benefits are protected and that taxes and the retirement age are not increased. We have a responsibility and a commitment to seniors to fund our obligation to them and not place the system in jeopardy by moving away from the current program to privatization of the system.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/550713/issue-position-social-security-and-medicare#.VcEl7XUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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