Representative Bob Gibbs's Political Positions

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.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 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)

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  • “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)
  • 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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  • "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)
  • 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)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 “Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (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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  • 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)
  • "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)

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  • 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)
  • 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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  • Voted in favor of S.B.239 “Allowing Concealed Firearms in Establishments that Serve Alcohol” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/30590 (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)
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/45466/bob-gibbs/37 (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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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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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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  • “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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