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Rob Bishop's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (UT) - District 1, Republican
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Rob Bishop 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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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

  • "Rob is a passionate pro-life advocate. As a citizen, state legislator and congressman he has tirelessly fought to protect the rights of the unborn. He highly values the sanctity of human life and will continue to fight for this cause." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888643/issue-position-abortion#.VYylInUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I was glad to support the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which prohibits any physician or other individual from performing this horrific procedure." http://robbishop.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=3627 (robbishop.house.gov)
  • "I am strongly pro-life, and have fought to protect the rights of the unborn my entire career. I will continue to fight for this cause because I value the sanctity of all human life. ." http://robbishop.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=3627 (robbishop.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by the 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 pledge stating "I, Rob Bishop, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Utah, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VYyl-XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always pledged to cut taxes and to lower the federal tax burden for Utah families. I am glad I have had the opportunity to make good on that promise. One of my first votes in Congress was for $550 billion in tax cuts and rate reductions over more than a decade." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833200/issue-position-jobs-and-economy#.VYyldXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I firmly believe that the best way to stimulate our economy and create jobs is to let hard-working Americans keep more of their money - after all, the money belongs to them, not to Washington. And the more we can reduce the tax and regulatory burden on small businesses, the more time and effort they can put into creating and providing quality jobs and economic growth that benefit all of us." http://robbishop.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=3626 (robbishop.house.gov)
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

  • "We have faced hard economic times before, and like before, we will get through this period and be strong and prosperous again - but that will happen because of the hard work, creativity, and ingenuity of the American people. It won't come from massive government spending on bloated federal programs that puts our country deeper into debt." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833200/issue-position-jobs-and-economy#.VYyldXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Unfortunately, Democrats in control of the White House and Senate avoided real spending cuts and insisted on too much revenue. They included things like raising dividend taxes, increasing the highest rate within the death tax, which was not necessary, and most importantly for our area, doing nothing on sequestration." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/764805/bishop-states-that-congress-must-focus-on-cutting-spending#.VYymOnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Too many in Congress seem to think Washington and bigger government can solve our problems, particularly when it comes to the economy. I don't believe that. " http://robbishop.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=3626 (robbishop.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/20603/54353/50544/death-tax-repeal-act-of-2015 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always pledged to cut taxes and to lower the federal tax burden for Utah families. I am glad I have had the opportunity to make good on that promise. One of my first votes in Congress was for $550 billion in tax cuts and rate reductions over more than a decade." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833200/issue-position-jobs-and-economy#.VYyldXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I firmly believe that the best way to stimulate our economy and create jobs is to let hard-working Americans keep more of their money - after all, the money belongs to them, not to Washington. And the more we can reduce the tax and regulatory burden on small businesses, the more time and effort they can put into creating and providing quality jobs and economic growth that benefit all of us." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833200/issue-position-jobs-and-economy#.VYyldXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I firmly believe that the best way to stimulate our economy and create jobs is to let hard-working Americans keep more of their money - after all, the money belongs to them, not to Washington. And the more we can reduce the tax and regulatory burden on small businesses, the more time and effort they can put into creating and providing quality jobs and economic growth that benefit all of us." http://robbishop.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=3626 (robbishop.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I favor turning more control and power over to those at the local level who know the needs of their students and their communities better than any bureaucrat in Washington ever could. I fear that we are counterproductive when we waste money on one-size-fits-all federal programs that bind the hands of creative teachers and administrators at the local level." http://robbishop.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=3620 (robbishop.house.gov)
  • "Giving states greater flexibility and autonomy, not more restrictive federal requirements that come with strings attached, is the only way forward." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/642227/rep-bishop-responds-to-president-obamas-education-mandates-for-states-desperate-to-ditch-nclb#.VYym2nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a teacher, I am opposed to NCLB. On the surface, the President's decision to give states some relief from NCLB would appear to be a good thing. However, his decision to replace one set of mandates with another set of mandates does nothing to help empower states to address their unique educational needs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/642227/rep-bishop-responds-to-president-obamas-education-mandates-for-states-desperate-to-ditch-nclb#.VYym2nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As we look to improve upon and grow the way we transport and develop natural resources here at home and with our allies, there is a clear and present need for the Keystone XL Pipeline." http://robbishop.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=397666 (robbishop.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.VYynQXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Working under supervision of states, which have the geological expertise and technical experience that the federal government lacks, hydraulic fracturing coupled with directional drilling has unlocked the United States' vast energy potential, catapulting our nation to become the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958797/obama-administrations-hydraulic-fracturing-rule-will-marginalize-energy-development-on-federal-lands#.VYyn4XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans deserve to have Congress enact a workable, comprehensive energy plan based on conservation, production, and innovation. We need to develop the resources we have here in the United States and we need to become less reliant on foreign oil and energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833195/issue-position-energy-and-environment#.VYynl3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • "Asking the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas is the equivalent of lacing on ice-skates to run a marathon. At a minimum, doing so can’t help but prove to be terribly painful, costly, and inefficient." http://robbishop.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=159340 (robbishop.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "The truth is that more gun control laws and regulations cannot stop the kind of evil we saw in Newtown -- only strong communities and families can. We call on the president to lead in addressing the true causes of such violence, and not use this tragedy as an excuse to strip law-abiding citizens of their constitutional right to bear arms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/762303/letter-to-president-obama-gun-control#.VYypTHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "My colleagues and I are passionately opposed to any measure that would curb our Second Amendment rights. The gun control proposals the president offered last week are a constitutional non-starter, and in fact, would have had zero impact in preventing the tragedy in Newtown." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/762303/letter-to-president-obama-gun-control#.VYypTHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "For years, even before Rob was elected to Congress, he's actively fought to protect our 2nd Amendment Rights. He strongly believes that we constitutionally have the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right of self-defense." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888673/issue-position-second-amendment-rights#.VkJvImwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VYyqNnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "He voted against ObamaCare and has voted to repeal it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888662/issue-position-heath-care/?search=obamacare#.VkJvsGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a state lawmaker and as a Congressman, Rob has pushed back against an ever-encroaching federal government. He voted against ObamaCare and has voted to repeal it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/712062/issue-position-health-care#.VYypznUVhHw (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

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.136 "Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693 (votesmart.org)
  • "And as a country, if we're going to be a sovereign country, we have to control the border, if for no other reason than we have to be able to control the border. Whether the total number coming across is getting less or is increasing – we don't have definite figures yet – it doesn't matter." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/672015/border-security#.VYyqm3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Amnesty is not an answer and it sends the wrong message to those who are going through the legitimate immigration process. The first thing to fix is the porous border and that is where our attention should initially be focused." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/941233/congressman-bishop-responds-to-potential-amnesty-announcement-from-president-obama#.VYyqYXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/599511/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-concern-over-decision-to-not-enforce-the-defense-of-marriage-act#.VYyq9XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The US Constitution makes no mention of marriage and therefore the matter should have been left to the states." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/990631/rep-bishop-objects-to-scotus-decision#.VkJwtmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/50544/rob-bishop/76 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • "Providing for the common defense of our country is one of the few things to which we are constitutionally bound. With much instability and turmoil occurring around the world, it is essential that the United States continue to have robust national defense capabilities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/764803/national-defense-authorization-act-passes-the-house#.VY1mJnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "The federal government must keep its contract with America’s seniors. Preserving social security benefits for those who have paid and are paying into the system must be a priority. Congress should pass measures that make the social security program more fiscally sound, without raising the retirement age, cutting benefits, or increasing taxes." http://robbishop.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=3621 (robbishop.house.gov)
  • Rated 3% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/50544/rob-bishop/53 (votesmart.org)

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Inferred Answer

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