Representative Bob Gibbs's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 7, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 7
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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)
  • "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)

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  • 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)
  • "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)

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  • 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)
  • "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)

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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)
  • "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)

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  • "The Student Success Act restores local control and empowers parents to help their children succeed. Every student deserves to be inspired by a great teacher who can help them find his or her passion. [?] The Student Success Act also eliminates wasteful and duplicative federal programs which will assist in reducing the many red tape regulations in education legislation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/800643/column-july-19-2013/?search=student%20success#.VjIzjGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of creating a 'one size fits all' education policy, we need to provide school districts the ability to make decisions that are best for them at the local level." http://gibbs.house.gov/issue/education (gibbs.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)

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  • "Ohio has a long history of rich natural resources such as coal, oil and gas, natural gas and biofuels. Along with our natural resources come tens of thousands of good jobs for Ohioans. In Congress I will stand beside the workers of Ohio and oppose Cap-and-Trade legislation and any other energy taxes that will place an unfair burden on our region." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504630/issue-position-cap-and-trade#.VcEfw3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Fortunately, recent technological developments within the energy exploration industry have allowed safe and efficient drilling of shale formations, including the Utica and Marcellus." http://gibbs.house.gov/issue/energy (gibbs.house.gov)

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  • 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)
  • "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)

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  • "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)
  • "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)

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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)
  • "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)

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  • "The President's decree is not based on any law and gives illegal immigrants the opportunity to become employed in the United States. By granting them work permits, the President completely dismisses current law, raising many questions on how implementation of this unlawful decree will unfold." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938573/congressman-gibbs-responds-to-the-presidents-executive-order-on-immigration#.VjI5pmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I absolutely oppose amnesty and will oppose any legislation that would try to subvert our current immigration policies. I am also against using any government subsidies for any purposes related to illegal immigration." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/546942/issue-position-immigration#.VcEhrHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "He favors a fence on the border with Mexico. While the rate of entry of illegal immigrants is down, he said it's still a problem. It's also a national security concern, because terrorists, drugs and weapons could move across the border." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/796743/new-philadelphia-times-us-reps-johnson-gibbs-secure-borders-first/?search=citizenship#.VjI6OGwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/45466/bob-gibbs/76#.VcEiEHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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)
  • Cosponsored H. J. RES. 32 "Marriage Protection Amendment" https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hjres32/BILLS-114hjres32ih.pdf (www.congress.gov)

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  • "The President's current plan does not meet the threshold for an authorization of military force resolution against Syria. Any type of military action must have clear and coherent objectives on how we can move forward. As this situation evolves, we need to approach it with clear intentions for the best possible outcome. This will require the President to make the case to Congress and to the American people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809735/congressman-bob-gibbs-statement-on-syria#.VcEjOHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Providing a strong national defense is the preeminent function of the federal government. The United States is a powerful, stabilizing force in the world because of our overwhelming military power. The mere fact we possess a strong deterrent discourages other nations from taking an aggressive militaristic stance toward us and our allies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855667/issue-position-defense-and-national-security#.VcElNXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "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)

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