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Randy Forbes' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (VA) - District 4, Republican
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Randy Forbes has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Randy Forbes 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 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

  • "Congressman Forbes has never wavered in his support of policies that protect America's unborn children as well as laws that continue to uphold the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/854991/issue-position-american-values#.VYhyBnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I was proud to vote in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn babies who can feel pain. […] Life is precious and deserves to be protected. You can count on me to keep fighting for those who have no voice." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974096/pain-capable-act#.VYhyeHUVhHw (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

  • "[...] I have cosponsored the Freedom Flat Tax Act, which creates an optional flat tax. This bill would allow an individual or businessperson to opt out of the current tax system for a flat tax of 19% for the first two years and 17% thereafter." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855015/issue-position-taxes#.VaaG9nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed pledge stating "I, Randy Forbes, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Virginia, 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#.VYhLm3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • New York Times "It makes a huge difference with the courts throwing out the mandatory sentences. Because that is the only way we know of that you are going to able to come to one of the criminals and say, 'This is what you are going to face.'" http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/11/politics/congress-rekindles-battle-on-mandatory-sentences.html?_r=0 (www.nytimes.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Leaders in Washington have the big and necessary task of addressing our debt crisis, ending regulatory burdens, and preventing government experiments like stimulus packages that have burdened our economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/673288/issue-position-small-business#.VaaJMXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington has an unshakeable appetite for spending, and it is time that Congress makes it a priority to get the federal deficit under control. Congressman Forbes believes Congress needs to prioritize, to spend less, and to spend smarter." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557677/issue-position-government-spending#.VYh0kXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe that is unacceptable, and the American people have a right to expect better. That's why I'm fighting for lower levels of taxation, higher levels of accountability, and a simpler, fairer tax code." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971199/randys-blog-tax-reform-now#.VYhyw3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm also supporting legislation to abolish the current, overly complex Internal Revenue Code and create a simpler, fairer, steadier tax system for American small businesses and families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971199/randys-blog-tax-reform-now#.VYhyw3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Forbes cosponsored H.Res.476, supporting the restoration and protection of state authority and flexibility in establishing and defining challenging student academic standards and assessments, and strongly denouncing the President's coercion of States into adopting the Common Core State Standards by conferring preferences in federal grants and flexibility waivers." http://forbes.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=2314 (forbes.house.gov)
  • "The federal government can attempt a one-size-fits-all approach but at the end of the day, what matters most is knowing whether the approach energizes that third grade class in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Bureaucrats in Washington may draft up standards that look good on paper, but what matters is whether a teacher can implement them with her first graders in Scottsdale, Arizona." http://forbes.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398027 (forbes.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VaaLw3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.VYg43HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Forbes supported the Fiscal Year 2014 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill, H.R. 2609, which provides funding for nuclear security, the Army Corp of Engineer projects, and renewable energy programs, in order to keep the nation secure and invest in essential infrastructure to encourage commerce and create jobs." http://forbes.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=3342 (forbes.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Forbes has introduced legislation to establish a bold project that leverages scientific research and development towards meeting the goal of our nation's 50% energy independence in ten years and 100% energy independence in 20 years. […] The bill promotes dramatic advances in the fields of alternative technology vehicles, green buildings, solar power, biofuels, carbon sequestration, nuclear waste remediation, and nuclear fusion." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/388917/issue-position-energy-future#.VYh2zHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am co-sponsoring the Protection and Accountability Regulatory Act, H.R. 4813. This bill does two important things: Nullifies these EPA rules on emissions from power plants. Prohibits the EPA from issuing anything similar unless specifically authorized to do so by Congress." http://forbes.house.gov/blog/?postid=385990 (forbes.house.gov)
  • "Opposed undue federal regulations on the American energy industry. Congressman Forbes supported the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, H.R.3826, which requires that any greenhouse gas standards set by the EPA for new coal-fired plants can be achieved by commercial power plants and ensures that any proposed new greenhouse gas regulations for existing plants would be subject to congressional oversight." http://forbes.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=3342 (forbes.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The second amendment to the Constitution reads, "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." Congressman Forbes has worked to see that the laws and regulations of the federal government are consistent with a citizen's right to keep and bear arms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/854991/issue-position-american-values#.VYhyBnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "While no one condones the purchase and use of guns by felons or other high-risk individuals to perpetrate any crime, we must not improperly hamper the right of law-abiding citizens to bear or purchase arms, or infringe upon rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment to the Constitution." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/936380/blog-the-language-is-clear#.VYh5F3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "It is essential that we use this historic mandate to act quickly to do the people's work, which includes voting to fully repeal Obamacare, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)." http://joebarton.house.gov/uploads/RSC%20PPACARepeal%20Letter%201-15-15.pdf (joebarton.house.gov)
  • 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#.VYh6PHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "I have long opposed granting amnesty, and I continue to do so." http://forbes.house.gov/news/email/show.aspx?ID=EXCDYJQFMWPLSNWU3Y4BHPVXPA (forbes.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 136 "Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Forbes has never wavered in his support of policies that protect America's unborn children as well as laws that continue to uphold the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/854991/issue-position-american-values#.VYhyBnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I agree with Justice Scalia and share his concern for those that continue to believe in traditional marriage. The Court not only overturned a foundational principle of our society, but has threatened the right of religious freedom in this country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/794477/forbes-releases-statement-on-scotus-decisions-concerning-doma-and-prop-8#.VYh61HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Administration must go further. It must make 'security first' decisions and those decisions must be proactive, not reactive." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/479020/#.VaaR_nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The future of combat will require ever more drones, including networked small boats working together autonomously like the Office of Naval Research demonstrated last year. Even traditional naval aviation flying of off aircraft carriers is facing a different future with prototype drones like the X-47B looking to displace manned aircraft." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/954449/defense-one-state-of-defense/?search=Drone#.VaaTD3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We urge you to direct Secretary Carter to deliver to the Congressional Defense Committees, not later than March 31st, a plan to field a robust, multi-layered homeland ballistic missile defense system capable of defending the United States from the full range of ballistic missile threats […]." http://forbes.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20150226_-_mdr_et_al_to_the_president.pdf (forbes.house.gov)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Rated 10% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/interest-group/959/rating/7964 (votesmart.org)
  • "This is true regardless of whether these older Americans are 100% healthy or find themselves in declining health. After a lifetime of work and service to our communities, Social Security and Medicare should be there for them when they need it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/932600/newsletter-lets-talk-about-reliability#.VYiA7HUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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