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Mike Rogers' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 3, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
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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

  • "With the support of the National Right to Life and National Rifle Association, Mike is working hard to protect the rights of the unborn and the Second Amendment rights of freedom-loving sportsmen across America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/392600/issue-position-values#.VW4cEnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/5705/mike-rogers#.VW4baXUViko (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 Taxpayer Protection Pledge stating "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)
  • "Across the Capitol, the Senate Democratic budget plan, endorsed by President Obama, recommends no balanced budget and includes a $975 billion tax increase. I completely disagree with this approach." https://mikerogers.house.gov/press-release/cut-spending-and-reform-tax-code (mikerogers.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

  • "This should send a crystal clear message to the president that Americans do not want to raise the debt limit until permanent, long term spending cuts are in place. Our massive debt is rapidly becoming unsustainable and a direct threat to our economy." http://blog.al.com/sweethome/2011/05/alabama_delegation_votes_6-1_a.html (blog.al.com)
  • "That's why I support a new approach to government spending along the principles of the Cut, Cap and Balance bill that I voted for recently. We need to cut Federal spending, cap how much government can spend as a percentage of GDP and pass a balanced budget amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/628630/too-much-spending-regulating-hurts-jobs/?search=government%20spending#.VXIGi3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tax reform should be based on permanently reducing rates on individuals and businesses to the lowest possible level, eliminating special interest loopholes that have nothing to do with creating jobs and requiring everyone to pay their fair share." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/780380/cut-spending-and-reform-the-tax-code/?search=government%20spending#.VXIHMnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)
  • "In tough economic times, Mike Rogers is a strong advocate for lowering taxes for all working Alabamians and strengthening America's economy." https://mikerogers.house.gov/press-release/rogers-obama-executive-amnesty-%E2%80%9Cunprecedented-presidential-overreach%E2%80%9D (mikerogers.house.gov)
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

  • "The Department of Education must stop crushing our schools with burdensome regulations and arbitrary policies. Unfortunately, under your leadership, the Department of Education has consistently pursued one-size-fits-all policies and administrative guidance like Common Core Standards that effectively force states and school districts into accepting Federal mandates or lose critical funding." http://yellowhammernews.com/nationalpolitics/rogers-blasts-obamas-education-secretary-common-core/ (yellowhammernews.com)
  • "[...] I have been talking to parent, teachers, and principals across East Alabama on ways to improve our education system. While they believe we should maintain rigorous standards, they are considered about not placing one size fits all requirements on schools, more teacher flexibility, and improved means for special needs students. Once this debate starts in Congress, I will advocate your concerns." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566821/issue-position-education#.VXIH23UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXIJDXUVhH (votesmart.org)
  • "The Keystone XL Pipeline, which I have long supported, would greatly benefit our struggling economy. The pipeline would bring good-paying jobs to Americans at a time when our economy is stuck in neutral." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/869310/energy-independence-jobs-and-a-stronger-economy-build-the-keystone-xl-pipeline-now#.VXIJUHUVhHw (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

  • "Second, because our nation will not drill its way to energy independence, Mike Rogers believes Congress must dramatically increase its support for home-grown, American-made alternative fuels and renewable energy sources that will help lead to our energy independence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/392589/issue-position-energy/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VW4jxXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "At the same time, Rogers said Congress must dramatically increase its investment in homegrown American renewable energy solutions like cellulosic ethanol, hydrogen, wind and solar. He said he supports paying for these investments by repealing unnecessary tax breaks for Big Oil, initiatives he supported this year." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/386185/rogers-dem-energy-bill-not-serious/?search=invest#.VXIN7nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "What won't help is Cap and Trade. This back door national energy tax would require most heavy manufacturers to buy carbon emissions allowances from the Federal government or on the open market." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/469472/op-ed-energy-ag-and-our-economy#.VXILGHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Soon Congress is expected to consider Cap and Trade legislation that would address climate-change that would limit the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. [?] I am strongly concerned by imposing a cap-and-trade system on our economy, prices of all goods and services would increase even higher hurting our competitiveness and unfairly burdening working families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/583504/issue-position-energy#.VW4dLHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With the support of the National Right to Life and National Rifle Association, Mike is working hard to protect the rights of the unborn and the Second Amendment rights of freedom-loving sportsmen across America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/392600/issue-position-values#.VW4cEnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/5705/mike-rogers/37#.VW4fc3UViko (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.2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VX74TnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Along with my colleagues, I am continuing the fight against President Obama's big government agenda. Last week, the House passed, with my support, another bill to repeal Obamacare, with the charge led by Alabama's own Congressman Bradley Byrne." https://mikerogers.house.gov/press-release/report-washington-congressional-update (mikerogers.house.gov)
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

  • "The DREAM Act is another form of amnesty and should be defeated by Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/554853/stop-the-dream-act#.VXIQgnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Lastly, I strongly oppose any form of amnesty. We are a nation of laws and we would send the wrong message if we were to merely give amnesty to those who openly disregard our laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566823/issue-position-immigration#.VXIPS3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/650393/letter-to-majority-leader-harry-reid-and-senate-minority-leader-mitch-mcconnell/?search=Marriage#.VW4EbXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Like most Alabamians, I believe in defending traditional family values and strongly believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court's ruling today and the Federal court once again trampling States' rights." http://raycomgroup.worldnow.com/story/28062351/official-reaction-to-alabama-issuance-of-same-sex-marriage-licenses (raycomgroup.worldnow.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This week, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), which I am a part of, will also hold a full committee hearing focused on the President's request for Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). While I believe this request for Authorization is a necessary step in the right direction, it does not outline a well thought out strategy for success. We can't mistake action for a strategy." https://mikerogers.house.gov/press-release/report-washington-eliminating-islamic-state (mikerogers.house.gov)
No 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

  • "Mike strongly opposes privatizing Social Security, and is committed to doing all he can to ensure our most vulnerable Alabamians have access to a strong and essential Medicaid program." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/392599/#.VW4lZXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Long ago I made a pledge that I would never vote to privatize Social Security, and I intend to keep that pledge. I believe Congress has a responsibility to make Social Security solvent for not only retirees, but for near retirees, and future generations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/342282/#.VW4kyHUViko (votesmart.org)

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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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