Representative Bob Gibbs's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 7, Republican
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Issue Positions

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  • Bob Gibbs. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bob Gibbs voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Congressman Bob Gibbs Votes to End Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. 4 May 2011. "While we face a $14 trillion deficit and work to rein in Washington's spending addiction, we cannot afford to let Washington spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars on abortion. This bill codifies into the tax code what has been our policy for 35 years. A policy that in no way, shape, or form outlaws abortion, just says tax payers dollars will never be used to subsidize abortion. I am a strong defender of life and believe it should be protected at every opportunity. This is a victory not only for life, but for the American taxpayer." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bob Gibbs voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Issue Position: Life. 8 February 2012. "I believe that life is one of our most precious resources and one that should be protected. During my tenure in the Ohio Legislature I have supported Pro-Life legislation at every opportunity and I'm proud to have earned past endorsements from Ohio Right to Life on all of my legislative races." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Ohio Right to Life Endorses Bob Gibbs. 1 March 2012. "I'm happy to have Ohio Right to Life Society PAC support my candidacy as we work together to promote a culture of life in our country. This year, I was proud to vote to stop taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions, and I was equally proud to stop taxpayer money from going to pro-abortion organizations such as Planned Parenthood. I am very proud of my 100% pro-life voting record and will continue to fight for the life of the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Issue Position: Pro-Life. 1 January 2012. "While I have always supported pro-life legislation, this year I was proud to vote to stop taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions, and I was equally proud to stop taxpayer money from going to pro-abortion organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Family is everything to me. I will continue to support legislation that puts the focus on a strong family, and a family that chooses life." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bob Gibbs signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Column: Washington Doesn't Like Me Very Much. 17 April 2012. "Higher taxes will hurt the economy, they will hurt consumers, and they will hurt job creation. With unemployment hovering around 8%, we cannot afford to do anything that places politics ahead of policies that put people back to work. That is why this week, rather than voting for the President's tax increase on job creators and family farms, I will be casting my vote for legislation that will enable small businesses with fewer than 500 employees to use extra capital to invest, grow, and create more jobs through a 20 percent tax deduction." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Gibbs Files Elections Complaint. 10 February 2012. "The ad continues to accuse Gibbs of not giving 'tax breaks to families,' however Senator Gibbs co-authored the largest tax cut in state history with the 21% reduction of the personal income tax. This tax break provided relief to every Ohioan." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Congressman Bob Gibbs Votes in Support of Measure to Prevent Default. 29 July 2011. "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. This plan cuts discretionary spending by $917 billion while raising the debt ceiling by up to $900 billion and accomplishes this without raising taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Congress Poised to Raise Taxes Again. 10 February 2012. "The carried interest tax increase would reduce the after-tax profits of entrepreneurs and in effect create a disincentive to invest in the risky and rewarding projects that create jobs and economic growth. Fundamentally, the law makes it very difficult for partnerships to raise the necessary capital to invest in the jobs needed to help turn around our stagnant unemployment rate and put more Ohioans to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Letter to the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and the Honorable Eric Cantors, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 6 June 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. 19 July 2011. "This legislation puts us on the path of fiscal responsibility, brings certainty, and restores private sector confidence. The naysayers say we can't do this. They argue for tax increases on our job creators. This measure will unleash the private sector and result in more revenues to ensure strength in Social Security, Medicare, and other needed programs." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bob Gibbs. Congressman Bob Gibbs Statement on the House's Two-Week Spending Stopgap. 1 March 2011. "When I came to Washington, my goal was to cut spending, reduce the size of government, and create an environment for job growth. Cutting federal spending will lead to job growth. That is why two weeks ago, I voted to cut spending by over $100 billion from the President's request to fund the federal government for the last seven months of the fiscal year ending September 30th. H.R. 1 represents the single largest cut in discretionary spending in the history of the United States Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Congressman Bob Gibbs Statement in Response to President Obama's Address to the Joint Session of Congress. 13 September 2011. "The President's repackaged stimulus proposals laid out tonight will do nothing to create jobs. Higher taxes, record spending, and bigger government has failed to create jobs or boost economic growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are now 1.7 million fewer jobs in America than there were before the President signed the economic stimulus into law. By the President's own standards, the centerpiece of his jobs agenda has been a failure." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Hearing of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee - Maritime Trade. 26 October 2011. "For a tiny percentage of the $1 trillion failed stimulus program of 2009 or the $450 billion jobs program recently suggested by the Administration, we could spend the approximately $1.5 billion annual Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for its intended purposes to ensure the nation's ports are at their federally authorized depths and widths." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Rep Bob Gibbs on the Failed Stimulus' Second Anniversary. 17 February 2011. "Today marks the two-year anniversary of the 'stimulus' package being signed into law. However, the president's 'stimulus' spending binge isn't working and has failed to deliver on its promises. With a final price tag of over $1 trillion, the "stimulus' package did nothing but add to our out of control national debt and leave Southeastern Ohio residents asking, 'Where are the jobs?'" (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Issue Position: National Debt / Deficit Spending / Earmarks. 8 February 2012. "This unprecedented level of debt resulting from reckless and unsustainable spending will exceed the capacity for global capital markets to continue financing our debt which will trigger a global financial crisis that will increase interest rates and inflation significantly and serious negative economic implications." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Issue Position: Jobs. 8 February 2012. "The United States is spending billions on a stimulus package in an attempt to create jobs. Our unemployment numbers in Ohio continue to increase even while money is being spent in the name of stimulating the economy. The only proven way to bring down unemployment and create good jobs in Ohio is to create opportunities for business, large and small, to locate and expand in Ohio." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Contract From America. "Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Limit Debt Before Raising the Debt Limit. 31 May 2011. "Since I came to Congress, I have worked to get spending under control. I voted for the largest reduction in discretionary spending in the history of our nation that eliminates over $100 billion in federal spending for the remainder of FY2011. I voted to repeal of Obamacare and reduce new spending by $2.6 trillion over ten years, and reduce the deficit by $700 billion. I also supported the Ryan Budget that cuts $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade compared to the President's budget, and $5.8 trillion relative to the current-policy baseline. I slashed Congress' operating budget by 5%, saving $35 million annually. And I banned all earmarks, taking a big step towards ending the "business-as-usual" spending culture of Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Letter to the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and the Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 6 June 2011. "To ensure that spending cuts continue, we need statutory, enforceable total-spending caps to reduce federal spending to 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with automatic spending reductions if the caps are breached--an approach taken in a bill by Rep. Mack and in another bill by Reps. Kingston, Flake, and Graves." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Issue Position: Spending. 1 January 2012. "Washington is both broke and broken. Runaway spending by both parties for the past several decades has led our country to the brink of financial disaster. It should go without saying that the federal government cannot continue to spend at current rates. This is why I voted to cut $6.2 trillion in federal spending over the next ten years. While this vote was a good first step toward forcing government to live within its means, there is still much more to be done." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bob Gibbs. Bureaucratic Overreach Strangles Small Businesses. 10 March 2011. "There has been an exponential increase in regulations coming out of EPA in recent months or planned for the near future. Many of these regulatory efforts are based on questionable science and stand to substantially increase the regulatory burdens for states, local governments, and businesses, especially small businesses. EPA is making a mockery of the Administration's Regulatory Review Initiative to reduce regulatory burdens in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. EPA Continues Job Loss Proposals. 10 June 2011. "EPA has proposed unreasonable standards with short compliance deadlines and will impose substantial costs and great uncertainty without significantly improving air quality. In the meantime, EPA should give the power plants more time to come into compliance. As the U.S. economy struggles to get back on track, now is not the time to allow the EPA to impose what could prove to be the most costly, burdensome, and expansive set of job-destroying regulations ever crafted. Instead, we must block the EPA's runaway regulations to save countless jobs and protect our economy from the tens of billions of dollars their backdoor energy policies would cost." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. EPA Administrator Jackson is the Biggest Stumbling Block to American Job Creation. 16 June 2011. "In Ohio we mine coal and burn coal, and have thousands of jobs because of coal. We are proud of our coal heritage. The EPA has waged war on fossil fuels and I hope that my colleagues in Congress will join me in putting a stop to it." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bob Gibbs voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Issue Position: Cap and Trade. 10 February 2010. "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. In the 18th Congressional District, 100% of electric generation comes from coal. That means that every single household in this district will see a huge increase in their energy bills if Cap-and-Trade would become law." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Hearing of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee - "Review of the FY 2012 Budget and Priorities of the Environmental Protection Agency". 2 March 2011. "So what we have here is a federal agency that will add to the burden of rules and regulations, reduce programs to help folks come into compliance, but will also put more boots on the ground to track down those who cannot come into compliance, with little or no benefit to the environment. This is government at its worst; an agency cutting facilitators but increasing regulators." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Congressman Bob Gibbs Votes to Block EPA's Harmful Regulatory Regime. 7 April 2011. "Today, I voted for The Energy Tax Prevention Act because it protects Americans from an Environmental Protection Agency power grab that would deal a devastating blow to job creation and economic development at the worst possible time. I am a proud cosponsor of this legislation that prohibits the Administrator of the EPA from disregarding congressional intent and pursing a radical, anti-business agenda to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The EPA should not be allowed to expand its regulatory reach on its own initiative, especially when Congress has refused to grant the EPA such authority." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bob Gibbs. Congressman Bob Gibbs Introduces The Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act. 12 May 2011. "The Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act is a bipartisan effort that seeks to correct this oversight and restore Second Amendment rights to law-abiding citizens while they are legally camping, hunting, and fishing on the 11.7 million acres of Army Corps recreational property. As we enter the summer season, families and sportsmen taking advantage of this federal land should not have to worry that their legally-obtained concealed weapon permit is invalid." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Congressman Bob Gibbs Statement on the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011". 16 November 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Bob Gibbs in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Issue Position: The Second Amendment. 8 February 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 14 July 2011. "Earlier this year, Representative Altmire from Pennsylvania, Representative Gosar from Arizona, and myself introduced H.R. 1865, a stand-alone bill that would prohibit the Secretary of the Army from enforcing any regulation that keeps an individual from possessing firearms on Army Corps of Engineer water or resource development projects. Gun owners need to be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights when they are legally camping, hunting, and fishing on Army Corps property." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. NRA Endorses Bob Gibbs. 15 March 2012. "I am very proud to have earned an A+ rating from the NRA and their endorsement of my candidacy. This endorsement reflects my strong commitment to defending our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. As a life-member of the NRA, I have always supported the rights of gun owners, voting for the Ohio conceal carry legislation, as well as authoring HR 1865, the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bob Gibbs. Limit Debt Before Raising Debt Limit. 31 May 2011. "I voted to repeal of Obamacare and reduce new spending by $2.6 trillion over ten years, and reduce the deficit by $700 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bob Gibbs voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. ObamaCare's Mandate Ruled Unconstitutional. 12 August 2011. "While this decision takes a step forward, Obamacare still contains a number of provisions that will eliminate jobs, reduce hours and wages, and limit future job creation. We must continue fighting for the repeal of this job-destroying health care law and replace it with common-sense reforms that will actually lower costs and protect jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Congressman Bob Gibbs Statement on Supreme Court Announcement to Decide Constitutionality of Health Care Law. 14 November 2011. "Our nation faces a record-high deficit, and rather than reducing government spending, President Obama's health care law will add billions to our already unsustainable mountain of debt. This all adds up to higher taxes and further burdens on our employers and small businesses in the middle of a tough economy, at a time when we need to end the uncertainty and help them begin hiring again." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Congressman Bob Gibbs Votes to Repeal and Replace Flawed Healthcare Legislation. 19 January 2011. "Today, I voted to repeal the Democrats' flawed healthcare plan because it does nothing to fix the problem of high cost healthcare in America. Instead, ObamaCare actually raises the cost to consumers by driving up premiums, adding over $700 billion to the deficit, and destroying 1.6 million American jobs. Today we voted to stop this." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bob Gibbs. Washington Post: Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio). "Gibbs supports staunchly opposes illegal immigration, and opposes amnesty for undocumented immigrants on the grounds that it will weaken U.S. borders. He opposes the use of government money for illegal immigrants and believes in strengthening the visa system, which he says has loopholes that allow people to remain illegally in the country. He believes that immigrants to the U.S. should learn the English language. Gibbs boasts that he has taken the Americans for Legal Immigration Pledge, which states that as a member of Congress, he will oppose comprehensive immigration reform and if necessary, will vote to impeach the president if adequate action to secure the borders against illegal immigrants is not taken." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Bob Gibbs in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Bob Gibbs in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Gibbs. Issue Position: Immigration. 8 February 2012. "If elected or re-elected to the US Congress, I will oppose any form of Amnesty or path to citizenship for illegal aliens, including Comprehensive Immigration Reform which would turn millions of illegal immigrants into voters thus destroying future borders of America." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bob Gibbs. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 10 February 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)

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