Representative Rob Bishop's Political Positions

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 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Rob Bishop 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rob Bishop. Issue Position: Abortion. 20 September 2011. "Rob is strongly pro-life, and has fought for this cause his entire career. As a state legislator, he supported legislation that challenged the Roe vs. Wade decision. As a Congressman, he has voted many times to restrict this practice, including voting for a ban on the heinous procedure known as partial birth abortion. Today's cavalier attitude towards life produces a society of increased violence and diminishes within our children a respect for the sanctity of human life. As a Congressman, Rob continues to fight for the rights of the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Rob Bishop voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Rob Bishop a rating of 19 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the Family Research Council 87 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Bishop Votes to Halt Federal Funding for Abortions. 4 May 2011. "The passage of this legislation is an important step as we continuously work to protect the sanctity of the life of an unborn child. It is unconscionable that federal resources are allowed to enable or outright fund abortions and I am pleased that we are closer to reversing these policies. Hardworking Americans already pay more than their fair share to fund numerous unnecessary and irresponsible federal programs and abortions certainly should not be one of them." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Issue Position: Abortion. 1 January 2011. "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. Although I find abortion in any form immoral and inhumane, one form is particularly heinous to me and to a majority of Americans: partial-birth abortion. As you may know, the term 'partial-birth abortion' refers to a method of abortion called, by the medical community, 'dilation and extraction.' Though it is almost too graphic to describe, this type of abortion occurs when a doctor partially delivers a living fetus, then kills the baby by stabbing its skull and suctioning out its brains. I find this abhorrent and believe that the majority of evidence before Congress demonstrates that a partial-birth abortion is never necessary to preserve the health of a woman. I was glad to support the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which prohibits any physician or other individual from performing this horrific procedure." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rob Bishop. Statement on Budget Control Act. 1 August 2011. "I applaud the Speaker for his efforts to avoid a default with real spending cuts and without raising taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 88 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Rep. Rob Bishop Reacts to the President's Proposed Tax Increase. 9 July 2012. "Washington does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. Singling out small businesses and other job creators with this new tax increase makes no sense and will only serve to hamper future job creation. With unemployment over eight percent for more than 41 months, sticking it to our nation's job creators is the last thing we should be doing. Americans are fatigued by the President's continued efforts to make them shoulder the burden of the current economic crisis. Headlining the dialogue about how we reinvigorate the economy should be spending restraint and fiscal responsibility, not tax increases or how to bilk hardworking taxpayers out of even more of their hard-earned money. Contrary to what the President would like us to believe, raising taxes is not a panacea. Giving the federal government more money only fuels its addiction to spend." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Bishop Supports Cut, Cap, Balance Act. 20 July 2011. "Before an increase to the debt limit can occur, Congress must commit to implement enforceable restrictions that place long-term limits on federal spending. The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act is the right first step toward doing just that. It's time that the federal government start spending less and planning sensibly for the future like so many Utah families have done to weather these tough economic times. It is my hope that the President and Democrat controlled Senate will uphold the will of the people and pass this legislation. I hope they recognize that tax increases and raising the debt limit without implementing reforms to spending place an undue burden on American taxpayers who already shoulder the burden of decades of irresponsible spending in Washington. It is time for Harry Reid and Barack Obama to do what is right for this country, not just their own personal political agendas." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Bishop Supports Legislation that Halts New Taxes. 16 December 2010. "This bill ensures that the massive tax hikes set to hit Utah families and businesses on January 1 are stopped dead in their tracks. On this one, I agree with colleagues like Ron Paul, who in voting for this bill briefly summed up his support this way: Anytime I can reduce taxes, I will. We must stop these tax hikes in order to provide economic certainty now -- not gamble on some theory of what might happen later." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Congress Passes Budget Control Act. 29 July 2011. "The Republican proposal passed today is an honest, straightforward commitment to reduce spending and hold the line on new taxes and spending. While the President continues to insist that tax increases be a part of the final proposal that reaches his desk, he has failed to convince even his own party that tax increases are a good idea. In a perfect world, this bill would include deeper cuts to spending and go even further to create stricter accountability on spending caps. It's not enough yet, but I will work to ensure that we cut and cap as much and as frequently as we can. We didn't get into this mess overnight, and it's simply unrealistic to think that we can fix the problem with just one bill. However, we are making real progress and this proposal helps set us on the path to real reform. The fact that President Obama, Senator Reid, and every single Democrat in the House oppose this legislation is evidence that it's likely a step in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Energy And Health Care Reform. 7 May 2009. "The Democratic approach, once again, will cut jobs. The greatest estimate, most conservative estimate, is at least 3 million jobs will be taken. The Republican one is not to increase jobs, it's not to increase taxes, but rather, instead, to create increased royalties we will get from increasing production, and put that into a trust fund to attack the deficit that this country has and take the cap off of our production so that we can actually succeed as a country." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Issue Position: Budget. 23 September 2011. "Rob supports a constitutional amendment that requires the Federal Government to enact a balanced budget each year, similar to Utah's own policy. The best way to balance the budget is to cut spending. Increasing taxes is not the answer. Any surplus from a balanced budget should be used to pay off the national debt and provide tax cuts to further stimulate growth in the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Issue Position: Taxes and Economy. 23 September 2011. "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. 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. 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. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Deseret News: 14 October 2011 Candidate Survey. Responded "One of the first things that can be done to help the economy is to make the existing tax cuts permanent. If we don't, we'll see a huge tax increase for American families and businesses come January 1. Now is not the time to raise taxes and I'm proud of my votes to cut taxes and to try to pass leaner budgets. We also need regulatory certainty. This Administration seems intent on punishing job-creators and constantly changing the rules of the game, and that needs to stop. Finally, Congress needs to cut spending, reduce the deficit and pay down the debt. We should learn from history that runaway spending and regulatory uncertainty hurt our economy, but the Obama Administration seems to be repeating those mistakes. They seem to increase spending in every area other than for the defense of our country " ironically one of the few Constitutional duties we have." to the question: "What can be done to improve the U.S. economy? How will you help?" (www.deseretnews.com)
  • Rob Bishop. Announcement by the Acting Chairman. 6 April 2006. "Is there any doubt today that this Administration's first priority has been--and continues to be--tax cuts for the wealthiest at the expense of education, health care, scientific research and other middle class priorities, all of which are being cut to pay for these tax cuts? But my main concern is the hypocrisy of this budget--that extending dividend, capital gains, and tax cuts for millionaires and corporations are like a rising tide that lifts all boats. We've already proved more needs to be done than just hope that sooner or later tax cuts will reach Americans who need our help the most. Why, for instance, are we saddled with recordbreaking deficits exceeding $400 billion; $3 trillion in new debt since 2001; a debt limit now over $9 trillion; and deep cuts to hospitals, schools, and security? If our tax cuts performed as our friends on the other side of the aisle had promised, an exploding economy would have wiped out this debt. How can we possibly justify a budget that cuts taxes for millionaires worth more than President Bush requested for the Department of Education and more than twice his budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs? The answer is that we can't justify the choices made to produce this budget. Under this resolution, Mr. Chairman, those who need our help the most must get in line and hope that the benefits of tax cuts for millionaires and corporations will ultimately trickle down to them. Mr. Chairman, middle-class Americans deserve much better." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Issue Position: Taxes. 23 September 2011. "As Congressman, Rob has cut our taxes and opposed any effort to reduce the tax cuts of the Bush stimulus package. The best way to keep our economy growing is through broad-based and equitable tax relief that places more money in the hands of consumers and small business owners. And, after all, your hard-earned dollars belong to you and not to the government." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Rep. Bishop's Statement on President Obama's Address to a Joint Session of Congress. 8 September 2011. "However, I am encouraged that the Administration appears to recognize the importance of implementing and supporting free market principles including tax cuts and reduced spending and am willing to give consideration and further review to a few proposals presented tonight. I am looking forward to seeing them in totality when the actual bill comes before Congress." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rob Bishop. Statement on Budget Control Act. 1 August 2011. "I applaud the Speaker for his efforts to avoid a default with real spending cuts and without raising taxes. This was a defeat for the President. However, I was concerned with last minute changes to the bill that could lead to devastating defense cuts. Defense is one of our few constitutional obligations. Therefore, I withheld my full support of this legislation. I supported both previous Republican measures. However, changes made this weekend to the previous proposal could have a detrimental impact on our defense capabilities, including some based in Utah. While I would have preferred that we made deeper cuts in non-defense spending, this bill still takes steps in the right direction. I will now work to ensure that we do not harm our military capabilities. If we are ever really going to control spending, we must acknowledge that right now, Washington does too much and spends too much beyond its constitutional obligations. Washington cannot be the solution for everything. As we continue to cut spending and implement new reforms, we must disperse power back to the people and the states. It's not just that Washington spends too much money, it's that we spend money on too much. Federalism is the only solution that provides long-term fiscal reforms necessary to get our country back on track." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Rob Bishop voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Rob Bishop voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Rob Bishop a rating of 87 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Rep. Rob Bishop Reacts to the President's Proposed Tax Increase. 9 July 2012. "Washington does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. Singling out small businesses and other job creators with this new tax increase makes no sense and will only serve to hamper future job creation. With unemployment over eight percent for more than 41 months, sticking it to our nation's job creators is the last thing we should be doing." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Davis County Clipper - Bishop: Republican Budget Proposal Would Cut Trillions. 6 April 2011. "'The Republican budget takes the necessary steps to cut spending by $6 trillion and create more than two million jobs over the next 10 years,' Bishop said in information released to the media. This is in stark contrast to the budget introduced by President Obama, which would add $9.1 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, create massive new tax increases and continue to foster growing uncertainty preventing businesses from creating jobs for millions of Americans. In addition to proposing sweeping reforms to federal spending, reducing it to 20 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), the Republican budget reduces deficits by more than $4 trillion and would completely repeal and defund ObamaCare. This is a very historic time in our nation's history. There is a very real possibility that the federal government enters into a shutdown. This is all because Democrats in Congress failed to pass a budget last year, leaving the new Republican majority to fix the mess they left behind. We are taking necessary steps to do just that; however, the Senate refuses to act, leaving millions of hard-working Americans in the lurch. By introducing today's budget, Republicans are taking steps to ensure we not only address the current fiscal crisis, but also put our country on track to greater economic prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Bishop Votes to Ensure Military Operations are Funded and Troops Receive Pay. 7 April 2011. "In addition to fully funding the Department of Defense through the remainder of the fiscal year, this legislation also upholds the commitment I and my fellow Republicans made in the Pledge to America to get our fiscal house in order by cutting wasteful spending. At the end of the day, the Senate must act responsibly by passing a funding bill so that both the House and Senate versions can be reconciled and sent to the President once and for all. It is time for Senator Reid to stop playing games with the livelihoods of hard-working Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. House Passes Historic Cuts in FY2011 Budget. 14 April 2011. "At the beginning of year, the President proposed a budget that made zero cuts to spending. Today, Republicans succeeded in diverting the course that would have otherwise been taken if the President and Democrats in Washington had it their way. We are making progress and we continue to gain new ground in our efforts to drastically overhaul and reverse past spending practices, but we have to cut more. The reality is that while Republicans maintain the majority in the House, we still face a Senate and White House controlled by the Democrats. So far, though, we have gained far more than we have lost and have cut tens of billions of dollars in federal spending while averting a government shutdown. Millions of Americans, including our nation's military and support personnel at bases like Hill AFB, will not have to go without pay and many wasteful programs such as DOI's wild lands initiative have been cut. In total, this bill represents the largest spending cut in American history. This is a drastic improvement over what has occurred in the past few years. In addition to making historic cuts to spending, this legislation prohibits federal funding of abortions in the District of Columbia, saving the lives of many unborn children. While this bill does many good things for the state of Utah as well as the entire nation, the reality is that it only addresses federal spending through September. The real fight lies ahead with the 2012 budget, which is scheduled to be voted on tomorrow and includes trillions of dollars in cuts, reforms Medicaid and Medicare, repeals ObamaCare, and continues to drastically reduce discretionary funding. The battles over the provisions included in the FY2011 budget and many more will have to be fought and won again. The fight to secure trillions of dollars in cuts in the FY2012 budget cannot begin until the budget for FY2011 is passed in both the House and the Senate. I along with my Republican colleagues remain committed to ensuring that we cut trillions in wasteful federal spending in the next fiscal year, tenfold of what is included in the final FY2011 package. If I had it my way, we would have cut more, however it is far better than where we have been and evidence that we are headed in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Issue Position: A Brief Description of Rob's Beliefs. 20 September 2011. "Rob Bishop believes in fiscal discipline. After more than thirty years, in 1996, a Republican Congress succeeded in passing a balanced national budget. Unfortunately, this has not endured. Rob believes we must make a commitment to the American people to provide a balanced budget and pay down the national debt. Government must be reduced and waste eliminated. As Speaker of the Utah House, Rob put together a balanced budget every year. As a Congressman, Rob has consistently voted for smaller, more conservative budgets. Federal spending is one of the greatest threats to our country and our future. Budgets have never been balanced by raising taxes, only through spending restraint." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Letter to the Honorable Frank Wolf, Chairman, Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, and Harold Rogers, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations. 8 February 2011. "We write today to assert the important of maintaining our nation's human spaceflight program. Our constituents spoke loudly and clearly in the last election and sent a wave to new and re-elected Members with a mandate to reduce federal spending. Moreover, each of us understands that our nation is on an untenable economic path and spending must be reduced. In getting out fiscal house in order, however, we must focus carefully on ensuring that we preserve critical capabilities and guarantee that agencies are focused on their primary misison. For NASA, that mission is human space exploration, and we ask that NASA funding be allocated in a way that refocuses NASA on this core mission." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Bishop Supports Cut, Cap, Balance Act. 20 July 2011. "Before an increase to the debt limit can occur, Congress must commit to implement enforceable restrictions that place long-term limits on federal spending. The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act is the right first step toward doing just that. It's time that the federal government start spending less and planning sensibly for the future like so many Utah families have done to weather these tough economic times. It is my hope that the President and Democrat controlled Senate will uphold the will of the people and pass this legislation. I hope they recognize that tax increases and raising the debt limit without implementing reforms to spending place an undue burden on American taxpayers who already shoulder the burden of decades of irresponsible spending in Washington. It is time for Harry Reid and Barack Obama to do what is right for this country, not just their own personal political agendas." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Bishop Supports Legislation that Halts New Taxes. 16 December 2010. "We had to take immediate action to protect hard-working Americans and provide some certainty for businesses to create jobs. Under the new Republican majority, when Congress returns in January, I will continue work to shrink the size of our excessively large and intrusive government and reduce the unacceptable rate of federal spending. Moreover, I will work with my colleagues to address what is probably the biggest problem with this legislation--the death tax provision. While this bill reduces the death tax, it is not reduced as much as it should be--down to zero. I want it completely eliminated. Death should not be a taxable event." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rob Bishop. Issue Position: A Brief Description of Rob's Beliefs. 23 September 2011. "Rob believes in quality education. He has consistently fought the educational bureaucracy. He has put the needs of students above the system. Nevertheless, he believes there is no excuse for underperforming schools in America. Parents should have choices, schools should be accountable, and teachers must be empowered. As a schoolteacher, Rob has the in-the-classroom experience to back up his beliefs. He will fight to get the federal government out of the classroom." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Issue Position: Education. 23 September 2011. "As a teacher for almost 30 years, Rob has seen many education ideas come and go. The best results come from getting the Federal Government out of local decisions, allowing parents the control to help their children, and giving teachers flexibility to meet the needs of kids. He has consistently fought the educational bureaucracy in the classroom and on Capitol Hill. The Federal Government cannot be allowed to mandate a universal, one-size-fits-all, factory model on local schools. Vouchers, tuition tax credits, and charter schools can benefit public education and enhance the overall education climate for our children. Rob would have voted against the final No Child Left Behind Act and continues to fight for local control of education." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Rep. Bishop's Statement on President Obama's Address to a Joint Session of Congress. 8 September 2011. "In addition, the President must not be clear of how school systems work. His school construction concept (and probable grants plan) will not create more teaching jobs. One reason is because the federal government has no mechanism to fairly distribute federal money to the states for education. That is why Utah is constantly disadvantaged every time a new scheme for schools rolls out of Washington. This Administration's education schemes have all been non-starters or heavily biased toward pro-eastern states/urban areas. I heard nothing from the President tonight to indicate he understands this reality." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Bishop Introduces the A-PLUS Act. 14 July 2011. "Since the federal government got involved in education over 45 years ago with the creation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, there is little evidence to prove that education provided today is any better off now than it was in 1965. Over nearly five decades schools have gradually lost their autonomy and flexibly to meet the unique needs of their student population. Education is not something that can be addressed on a one-size-fits-all approach. Right now, federal mandates and regulations are limiting each state's ability to provide innovative reforms necessary to meet diverse educational needs. [¦] The A-Plus Act would return accountability back to states, school districts, educators and parents. This local control will allow each community to assess and address their unique educational requirements, ensuring that the needs of all students are met. Maintaining the status quo is failing our children. This legislation would give educators and parents the flexibility necessary to make the changes this country needs." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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  • http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761081/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=Keystone%20XL#.VBDTiKCW1Kg (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Western Members Block Groups from Targeting NEPA for Climate Change. 20 May 2010. "Activist groups, with the Obama Administration's help, are hijacking existing environmental statutes in an attempt to advance their global warming agenda. Western industries that provide resources and jobs are often the target of special interest groups using laws like NEPA as a means to slow or stop production. NEPA was never intended to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. H.R. 5342 will stop the litigation and delays and prevent the Administration from imposing backdoor energy taxes that American consumers don't want and can't afford." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Letter to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. 16 June 2010. "'The PSD Tailoring Rule defines what stationary sources will be subject to greenhouse gas (GHG) emission controls and regulations in a phase-in process beginning on January 2, 2011. In the draft Tailoring Rule, the EPA proposed to calculate a source's GHG emissions relying on the EPA's Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. In the final rule, EPA ignored its own inventory and equated biogenic GHG emissions with fossil fuel emissions. The decision also contradicts long-standing federal and international precedents. Emissions from the combustion of biomass are not included in the Department of Energy's voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reporting programs, the EPA's greenhouse gas reporting rule, or calculations of international bodies including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the European Union. Moreover, when the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security bill (H.R. 2454) in June, 2009, Congress clarified that biomass material from both private and public lands qualify as a renewable energy source. A similar definition of renewable biomass is included in the recently released discussion draft of Senator Kerry and Senator Lieberman's American Power Act. While improvements should be made to the definition on federal lands, these definitions clearly demonstrate Congress's commitment to and support of biomass utilization. EPA's new interpretation undermines these objectives by arbitrarily eliminating the greenhouse gas benefits of biomass compared to conventional fossil fuels.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Bishop Supports Energy Tax Prevention Act. 7 April 2011. "We all agree that it is important to ensure that the air we breathe is clean and safe. However, the Clean Air Act was never intended to be a vehicle for the EPA to circumvent Congress in order to unilaterally impose a radical policy that hinders our economic recovery and destroys jobs. We should be doing everything we can to stimulate job-growth and reduce energy costs. Instead, this Administration is attempting to move forward with its special interest agenda, despite the fact that its policies would make it harder for Americans to get by during these uncertain economic times. The Energy Tax Prevention Act will help ensure that the interests of all Americans are protected and that millions of jobs are not outsourced to other countries." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. EPA Takes Divisive Steps To Regulate Greenhouse Gases. 7 December 2009. "'Today the EPA has attacked the American economy in a way that will long be remembered. It comes as no surprise that the administration is once again positioning itself to bypass the Congressional process. This announcement follows a growing trend of the new administration to act unilaterally whenever their political agenda is held up in the democrat controlled Congress. 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.'" (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Rob Bishop voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rob Bishop: Western Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Protect 2nd Amendment Rights on Federal Lands. 15 June 2010. "There is no question that there are many in Washington who would like to do away with the Second Amendment altogether and are aggressively finding new avenues to fulfill this very agenda. Just last year, my fellow Western colleagues and I were successful in reversing outdated laws that prevent individuals complying with federal and state laws from exercising their right to carry a concealed firearm while visiting national parks and wildlife refuges. Today, we are taking similar steps to safeguard Second Amendment rights on BLM and Forest Service lands from the heavy handedness of Washington bureaucrats looking to fulfill their political agendas." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Rob Bishop a grade of 100." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Rob Bishop in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Issue Position: Protecting Gun Rights. 21 September 2011. "'As a legislator, Rob voted for Utah's constitutional language on gun rights. He lobbied the Legislature against infringements on many parts of our constitutional rights. As Congressman, Rob already has a strong record on the Second Amendment, co-sponsoring and voting for many common sense pieces of legislation. Gun Rights are a constitutional guarantee, and the Second Amendment is an individual right of self-defense. This right must not be infringed.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Parks Open To Holders Of Concealed Guns. 22 February 2011. "That's ludicrous. You're going to tell someone if they have a concealed weapon permit they can't go into the visitor center to use the restroom? If they come up with restrictive exemptions, what they're asking for is a lawsuit to try and stop implementation of what Congress clearly told them to do. If I were to list anything positive that's come out of Congress in the last year, year and a half, this is it. And anything that restricts Second Amendment rights are going nowhere in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Second Amendment Rights. 1 January 2011. "Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of each American to keep and bear arms. It states that this right shall not be infringed. In recent years, some have tried to infringe on this right, not through the legislative process, but by taking issues to court. Specifically, there seems to have been a recent effort to sue those who manufacture and sell guns in an attempt to hold them liable for the actions of those who misuse guns after they purchase them. The U.S House of Representatives has attempted to address this problem. I was pleased to support passage of H.R. 1036 in a previous Congress to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages resulting from the misuse of their products by others. In passing this legislation, Congress re-emphasizes that in our crime-fighting efforts, we should be going after and punishing those who break the law, not those who keep it." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Western Caucus Chairman Hails Supreme Court Ruling on 2nd Amendment Rights. 28 June 2010. "Today's ruling affirms the plain language of the Second Amendment that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right. The Court rightly reiterated that the Second Amendment is an important part of the Constitution and fundamental to the liberty of all law-abiding Americans. (votesmart.org)

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  • Rob Bishop. Letter to Allen West, Congressman-elect. 21 December 2010. "Take for instance the week the Democrats' healthcare package was being considered. Speaker Pelosi intentionally held Members in Washington over the weekend with a final vote being taken on Sunday. No votes of substance took place between Friday and Sunday and our being here those days was truly a waste of time. The votes that kept us here in Washington were not essential to the operation of Congress nor did they do anything to address what was then, and currently, our number one priority - economic stability. The Speaker's scheduling was nothing more than a diversion that prevented Members from returning home to face constituents angry about the government takeover of healthcare. This was not representative democracy." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Bishop Joins With 244 House Members to Repeal Obamacare. "I'm proud to support the passage of this measure and will continue to advocate for full repeal until we restore the ability of all Americans to choose how to best address their individual healthcare needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Rep. Bishop Votes to Repeal Democrat Healthcare Law. 19 January 2011. "I am proud to be a part of the efforts to repeal this misguided, unconstitutional law. The passage of this legislation is a necessary first step toward restoring freedom for all Americans to choose how to best address their personal healthcare needs. The federal government has absolutely no business dictating what healthcare one can or cannot have." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Bishop Signs Responsible Healthcare Reform Pledge. 8 July 2009. "To support a dramatic overhaul of our nations healthcare system without fully analyzing the policies within the package would be irresponsible and reckless. I encourage every member of congress to join me in pledging to provide the American people with the assurance that as we move forward determining the fate of their healthcare, we do so openly and collectively, having fully reviewed every important aspect of the legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Bishop Laments Democrat Hijacking Of Individual Liberties. 21 March 2010. "I am proud to say that I was one of the 212 Members of Congress who opposed the Democrat's freedom-robbing healthcare bill. Poor process produces a poor product and this trillion dollar tragedy is about as bad as they come. From the very start, this bill was on course to be one of the most historic examples of why we must restore a balance of power in Washington. Over the past year, Democrats consistently turned a deaf ear to the American people and to the numerous alternatives offered by Republicans, proving that it was not about passing the best possible bill, but instead about increasing government intrusion into the lives of all Americans. This abuse of power is exactly what the Founding Fathers sought to prevent when they drafted the Constitution. The State of Utah has realized the need for true healthcare reform and started a process based on the needs of the state's unique demographics that would have provided viable options for all Utahns. This vote will stop Utah's efforts as well as those of other states working to provide tailored alternatives to this massive one-size-fits-all assault on freedom and choice. The destruction of Utah's creative alternative is the real tragedy. Today is not the proudest day of this institution and I am committed, more than ever, to work toward getting this country back on track by rebuilding individual liberty and restoring the principles of Federalism on which this country was founded." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Bishop, Utah Take Steps To Restore Limits On Washington. 23 March 2010. "Passage of this freedom-robbing legislation is further evidence that we must reinforce the principles provided in the 10th Amendment. Our Founding Fathers foresaw this exact type of abuse of power, which is why they added such safeguards as the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately, over the years power-hungry federal bureaucrats and lawmakers have chipped away at the Constitution and state sovereignty, allowing rampant federal government intrusion into the lives of all Americans, as seen in the new government control of our personal healthcare. The enactment of this legislation may be a victory for Democrats, but it is a defeat for the liberty of all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Welcome To Federalcare- Please Choose One Of The Following Options. 7 November 2009. "Congressman Bishop further noted that this legislation: ''Will cost $1.3 trillion dollars and impose new taxes that will imperil small businesses and hardworking Americans. Will impose cuts to Medicare Advantage plans that will result in higher premiums and dropped coverage for more than 10 million seniors. The formation of 111 new bureaucracies will transfer the power from individuals to Washington bureaucrats. Americans will no longer control their healthcare future. 1,990 pages later, even many Democrats agree this bill still doesn't solve our nation's healthcare problems. This legislation totally destroys efforts Utah is making to bring real reform and provide Utahns with the power to decide what healthcare option best meets their unique needs. The bottom line is that when the government chooses, America loses…loses more jobs, more liberty, more freedom, more personal options and the ability to decide what is in the best interest of their future.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Rob Bishop. Deseret News: 14 October 2011. Candidate Survey: "Describe your solution to the U.S. illegal immigration problem. What specifically should be done about the over 10-million illegal immigrants who are now in the United States? Do you favor or oppose some kind of pathway to legal status for the current illegal immigrants?" "To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, if you do first things first, second things will be added to them. If you do second things first, you'll never get to the first things. When it comes to immigration, securing our border has to be the first thing. If we don't do that, no other solutions can or will come. Right now, border patrol agents are restricted by federal environmental regulations from doing their job on public lands on the border. That is wrong. That is why I've introduced HR 5016, which is part of the GOP Pledge to American, to ensure that security is the top priority on our public border lands. Passing this bill will help dramatically crack down on the drug cartels, human traffickers and potential terrorists who are currently exploiting these holes in our border security. This has to be the first step. Then we can work on the next steps. (www.deseretnews.com)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Rob Bishop voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Rob Bishop in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Rob Bishop in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. President Obama Ignores Reality of Border Crisis. 10 May 2011. "It seems premature to discuss immigration policies when thousands of criminals continue to cross our border- many of whom enter completely undetected. In his remarks today, the President failed to acknowledge the rampant criminal activity occurring on public lands throughout the southern border region. Gaining full operational control of the border should be our number one priority. If your bathtub is overflowing, your first step isn't to start bailing out water, it's to turn off the spigot. The same practice should apply to the border. Just last month, I toured the southern U.S. border in Arizona with Senator Tom Coburn. During our trip we heard first-hand from law enforcement personnel, current and former Border Patrol agents, as well as local community members that the Border Patrol's lack of access to public lands continues to hinder their ability to gain full operational control of the border. Allowing environmental policies to dictate national security is irresponsible and the Administration's claims that the border is more secure now than ever is dishonest and misleading. While it might score political points, it is disingenuous to tout inflated statistics and half truths about the status of the southern border. If the President and his Administration are serious about addressing the realities of the ongoing criminal activity occurring along the border, they will take time to examine and investigate the areas off-limits to the Border Patrol to get a first-hand account of the rampant criminal activity and environmental degradation occurring as a result of our nation's own environmental policies." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Republicans Blast Obama's Immigration Speech. 2 July 2010. "Trying to reform immigration policies before we secure the border is foolish. If your bathtub is overflowing, you don't deal first with the water already in the tub. You first turn off the faucet to stop the flow. We can't solve the immigration issue without stopping the flow by first securing the border. In reality, the porous Southern border is one of the greatest threats to our national security and it's well known that things are getting worse, not better. Apprehensions may be down but it's widely known that it's not due to less trafficking and smuggling, but rather to our inability to adequately capture the criminals as they enter the U.S." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop: Bishop on Obama's Speech: "Heavy on Rhetoric, Light on Substance". 1 July 2010. "It is clear to me, more now than ever before, that President Obama and his Administration just don't get it. Today's remarks, which were heavy on rhetoric and light on substance, don't inspire confidence that this Administration has a concrete plan, or even the desire, to achieve full operational control of the border. The reality is that the U.S.-Mexico border is one of the primary entry points into the U.S. for smugglers, traffickers and other criminals - due in part to the unpatrolled federal lands that provide unmitigated access into the U.S. Today President Obama stated that the border is more secure today than it has been in 20 years. He has been misinformed. In reality, the porous southern border is one of the greatest threats to our national security and it's well known that things are getting worse, not better. Apprehensions may be down but it's widely known that it's not due to less trafficking and smuggling, but rather to our inability to adequately capture the criminals as they enter the U.S." (votesmart.org)

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  • Lee Davidson. Desert News. 18 October 2008. Bishop would drill; Bowen wants less pork. "Both candidates are anti-abortion, oppose same-sex marriage and support capital punishment. Both support efforts against illegal immigration, including beefing up border fences and hiring more border patrol agents." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Rob Bishop voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Rob Bishop voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 14 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the American Family Association 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Rob Bishop voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)

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  • Rob Bishop. Bishop Lauds Passage of Intelligence Authorization Act. 13 May 2011. "The recent capture of Osama bin Laden underscores the importance of ensuring that we provide the Intelligence community with the resources necessary to conduct operations that contribute to the safety and security of our country. The Intelligence community is an essential component of our national security capabilities, both at home and overseas, and I am pleased that the House took the important step today to update and address policies that have gone untouched for nearly six years." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Rob Bishop supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 33 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Sense of Congress Regarding Science Education. 4 June 2008. "For every dollar that there is an increase in oil prices and gasoline prices, it simply means that jobs are lost, that revenue does not flow here. Social Security programs are diminished, and the overall quality of life is diminished. We're talking about real people and how real people are impacted." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Bishop. Issue Position: Social Security. 10 October 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)

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