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Robert 'Rob' J. Wittman

Rob Wittman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Robert 'Rob' J. Wittman
Office: U.S. House (VA) - District 1, Republican
First Elected: 12/11/2007
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 10, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kathryn; 2 Children: Devon, Josh
Birth Date: 02/02/1959
Birth Place: Washington, DC
Home City: Montross, VA
Religion: Episcopal
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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 2014, 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

  • 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 Wittman a rating of 75 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Rob Wittman voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Rob Wittman voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Rob Wittman voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Issue Position: Family Values. 4 October 2011. "As a member of the Values Action Team, I will continue to support pro-life, pro-family legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Issue Position: Issues. 4 October 2011. "I stand strongly for [¦] Pro-life and Pro-family." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Wittman. December 6, 2010: Weekly Washington Update. 6 December 2010. "There is still much progress to be made in Afghanistan -- both in the government and with its security forces, but it is evident we are making progress." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Weekly Washington Update. 23 May 2008. "The bill also authorizes $70 billion to support ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan during fiscal year 2009 [¦] I am proud to be a member of the House Armed Services Committee that brought this vital legislation to the floor of the House of Representatives." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Rob Wittman voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Congressman Wittman Supports Defense Authorization Passage. 24 September 2008. "I'm glad that Congress has been able to fulfill its obligation to our service members and their families [¦] The legislation authorizes $68.6 billion in supplemental funding to support current operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Global War on Terrorism during the first few months of Fiscal Year 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Op-Ed: Weekly Washington Update. 16 April 2010. "I believe it is important to meet with commanders and troops on the ground involved in combat operations to fully understand the situation there. After visiting, I feel very optimistic about the continued American efforts in Afghanistan and our partnership with Pakistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Congressman Wittman Statement on President's Afghanistan Decision. 1 December 2009. "I'm pleased that the President has come to a decision on the future strategy of our forces in Afghanistan and I fully support the deployment of additional troops and resources to aid in the fight against extremists [¦] We need to remember that the reason we went to Afghanistan was to eliminate al-Qaeda and provide freedom to an oppressed nation, and we should not leave until that job is finished." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rob Wittman. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rob Wittman voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Rob Wittman voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Rob Wittman voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Congressman Wittman Opposes Shortchanging The Troops. 16 June 2009. "I cannot in good conscience support a version of this bill that cuts $4.6 billion from original troop funding levels and holds the remainder hostage in order to bailout foreign governments or help buy up old gas guzzling cars. Our service members deserve better from this Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Congressman Wittman Supports Military Pay Raise, Increased Shipbuilding and Improved Veterans Benefits. 17 June 2009. "I fully supported and am pleased to see the bill includes a 3.4 percent pay raise for all service members, extends the Department of Defense's authority to offer bonuses and incentive pay, and expands TRICARE health coverage to reserve component members and their families for 180 days prior to mobilization." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Wittman Supports 2013 Federal Budget Proposal. "Secondly, I believe strongly that we must avoid "sequestration" cuts to our military and this bill eliminates that threat. These automatic cuts to the defense budget coming in 2013 are the result of a failure by the 'Super Committee' to carry out their charge to find savings across all areas of the budget last fall. Their failure must not be our defeat. Defense has already been cut to the point where our military leaders have said further cuts would be 'catastrophic,'and we cannot solve our budget issues on the backs of our men and women in uniform." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Rob Wittman voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Letter to the Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. 30 September 2010. "Recently Secretary Gates announced broad plans to reduce costs in the Department of Defense and re-appropriate those savings throughout the Department. As part of this plan, the Secretary announced three longer term projects and eight initiatives that he plans to begin implementing immediately. These eight initiatives have the ability to affect the Department, its ability to effectively fulfill its mission, and the security of the nation. A decision of this magnitude should not be made without careful reflection, supported by rigorous analysis. We have been told by the Department that the Secretary had several meetings and reviewed these decisions carefully. However, it seems clear that this decision did not carefully consider the national defense implications of such a change, nor is the decision substantiated with any sort of calculation of the direct and indirect costs to our national defense structure. In addition, no information has been provided by the Department to demonstrate any level of analysis, either financial or strategic, to determine what risks are being introduced into our national security strategy and how we are to mitigate these new risks." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. USA Today “ Opposing view on defense spending: Cuts are shortsighted. 10 August 2010. "The Defense Department appears to be the only agency proposing cuts, and non-defense spending is growing exponentially and is unsustainable. The bottom line? Federal spending is out of control, and we cannot find all the fixes for the deficit or national debt within the Department of Defense. Gates' decision seems completely budget driven and will almost certainly weaken our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. House Armed Services Committee Approves the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. "[The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011] demonstrates the House Armed Services Committee's dedication to supporting our men and women in uniform, and I am pleased to support this legislation today. After traveling to Afghanistan and Pakistan last month and visiting the troops in the field, I know it is critical that we move the bill forward quickly to provide the support and resources our service members need to be successful on the battlefield." (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

  • Robert Wittman. Issue Position: Issues. 4 October 2011. "I stand strongly for [¦] Opposing tax increases." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 80 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Twitter: RobWittman. 28 June 2011. "This is the wrong time to raise taxes. We must bring the government back to responsible spending." (twitter.com)
  • Robert Wittman. Twitter: RobWittman. 20 September 2011. "The proposal, or so-called 'Buffett Rule' would hurt our job-creators. That is not what we need at this time." (twitter.com)
  • Robert Wittman. Twitter: RobWittman. 13 September 2011. "I will not support tax increases “ I have supported (cosponsored) legislation to reform the U.S. Tax code." (twitter.com)
  • Robert Wittman. Issue Position: Taxes & Economy. 4 October 2011. "I support legislation that would repeal the income tax and other taxes, abolish the Internal Revenue Service, and enact a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States [¦] I will not support legislation that will raise taxes for hardworking Americans." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Wittman. Wittman Comments on the President's Address to Joint Session of Congress. 8 September 2011. "However, government spending is stifling job growth, and therefore the growth of our economy. Unemployment has continued to grow since the 'stimulus' bill was signed into law over two years ago; it is time for a renewed approach of working together to instead put the power in the hands of hardworking Americans, small businesses and entrepreneurs who can lead the country out of this recession." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Weekly Washington Update. 23 July 2010. "I will continue to oppose measures such as the $787 billion stimulus and the TARP bailouts, and will continue to support targeted and timely measures that stimulate economic growth while being fiscally responsible. It is very important that we rebuild consumer and business confidence by reducing spending and adopting policies with an eye on accelerating growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Twitter: RobWittman. 2 August 2011. "We all must keep fighting to continue to reduce spending, get a balanced budget, and change the culture of Washington." (twitter.com)
  • Robert Wittman. Twitter: RobWittman. 12 July 2011. "I agree. We have a spending problem not a revenue problem. Reducing spending = job #1." (twitter.com)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Rob Wittman 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 Wittman a rating of 79 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 11 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Rob Wittman voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Twitter: RobWittman. 26 July 2011. "We must reduce spending to get our budget on a sustainable track. We cannot continue to borrow and spend." (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Wittman. Issue Position: Strengthening the Economy. 4 October 2011. "I believe the best thing Congress can do to spur job growth and help alleviate this economic downturn is to cut taxes for families and small businesses and pursue growth-oriented incentives that encourage economic activity and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Weekly Washington Update. 18 June 2010. "Instead of increased deficit spending, Congress needs to enact pro-growth policies that encourage innovation and success, not penalize it. We can incentivize business with tax relief and incentives so they are better able to manage risks to foster their business and create new jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Wittman Comments on the President's Address to Joint Session of Congress. 8 September 2011. "Instead of more out-of-control spending, more taxes, and more regulation, we must work together for the opposite: a more responsible government, tax relief and freedom for small business owners across the country to create jobs so folks can get back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Twitter: RobWittman. 13 September 2011. "Tax reform, less regulation and incentives for small business are three measures I will support." (twitter.com)
  • Robert Wittman. Weekly Washington Update. 5 February 2010. "I want to be clear that I support growth-oriented incentives that encourage economic activity and job creation such as broadband expansion and infrastructure spending. These sorts of projects are ones which would have a real and lasting impact on the economy." (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

  • Robert Wittman. Facebook: Wall Comment. 12 July 2012. "NCLB has proven to be unworkable and impractical. The Committee on Education and the Workforce has reported out a number of bills to reauthorize parts of NCLB, in particular putting power back in the hands of states and not the federal government. These bills have yet to be taken up by the full House. We're all concerned about the 100% AYP requirement coming in 2013. I am adamantly opposed to this requirement as well as many other aspects of NCLB. I am hopeful that the reauthorization takes place soon to address the many problems currently experienced with NCLB. My wife's a teacher of 32 years, and I hear from her on an almost daily basis about the problems with NCLB." (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Wittman: Twitter: RobWittman. 28 February 2012. "Met with my Edu Advisory Council last wk. They say fix No Child Left Behind, & give decision-making back to states and localities." (twitter.com)
  • Robert Wittman. School Districts Financially Strapped. 3 March 2010. "Over the years, the Federal Government has expanded its involvement in funding and has added requirements on public education. In some cases, Federal requirements leave school districts strapped for funding. The Federal requirements and mandates are not joined with Federal assistance. In my district, I have formed an Education Advisory Council to look at these tough issues. Congress should carefully review these important programs and implement commonsense reforms to ensure that we are helping, not hurting, the education of our children. There are many counties like Matthews across Virginia's First Congressional District. We must be mindful of the impacts we have on their budgets." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Rob Wittman's Weekly Update. 24 February 2012. "A significant part in ensuring future economic growth in this country and encouraging dreams is our education system. We must ensure that our schools are effectively preparing our students for their future careers. This past week, I had a great meeting with my Education Advisory Council in Fredericksburg, where we discussed various issues including student productivity, teacher performance, and the role of the federal government in our overall education system including legislation to replace the No Child Left Behind Act. I received great feedback from the folks at the meeting, each of whom has valuable experience with various aspects of our education system. As the 112th Session of Congress continues, I look forward to pursuing effective educational reform as well as supporting other efforts to promote and sustain an environment of economic growth and prosperity in our nation." (wittman.house.gov)
  • Robert Wittman. Issue Position: Improving Education. 16 July 2012. "We also have the best and the brightest teachers and students at all levels. We must continue to attract top talent to our schools and that's why I support incentives like tax credits for teachers to cover their out-of-pocket classroom expenses. Furthermore, I am working with my Education Advisory Council to ensure that Virginia's schools get the resources and flexibility they need during the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Education. 16 July 2012. "Strengthening America's education system is important to promoting our economic security and ensuring our democracy. I support improving education by increasing state flexibility in administering federal standards, strengthening the role of parents, promoting accountability and providing sufficient resources to schools and teachers. I believe preparing young people with the skills and knowledge to compete in a global economy requires an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and math. I am committed to ensuring our children have access to quality education and the opportunity to succeed in the 21st Century." (www.wittman.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rob Wittman. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Rob Wittman voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Energy Policy. 23 June 2008. "We need to make sure that we bring those things to the table, whether it's oil shale out west, oil sands, oil and natural gas in the Outer Continental Shelf. And we can do those things, and we can do those things in an environmentally sound manner [¦] Whether it's in ANWR, whether it's offshore, or oil sands, or oil shales, we need to be doing that." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Issue Position: Energy. 4 October 2011. "I am a cosponsor of the following bills to address increasing energy costs, reduce dependence on foreign sources of energy and promote American jobs [¦] National Environment and Energy Development Act: Lifts the current federal moratoria on offshore energy development." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Letter To The Honorable Bob McDonnell, Governor, Commonwealth Of Virginia. 4 February 2010. "Responsible energy development 50 miles offshore can be done in a safe manner while creating thousands of much needed jobs [¦] We stand ready to work with you to move Virginia towards energy independence, offshore energy development and job creation that not only benefits our Commonwealth but the entire nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Rob Wittman voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Rob Wittman voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Congressman Wittman Statement on Administration's Energy Decision. 27 May 2010. "It is appropriate to carefully review and ensure that offshore energy production is appropriately regulated and conducted in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner. However, it is also critical that we promote responsible American made energy, including oil, natural gas, nuclear, coal, and renewable energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "We need to safely and responsibly produce our domestic resources offshore in order to reduce this reliance on Middle Eastern imports and in turn, increase our economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Wittman Presses for Energy Development in Virginia. 29 March 2011. "Virginia has the opportunity to develop offshore energy in an environmentally friendly manner, but unfortunately, that's been halted by current policies prohibiting further oil and gas development. Virginia can lead the nation in improving our energy security and reduce our reliance on foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rob Wittman. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Rob Wittman voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Rob Wittman voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. June 26, 2009: Weekly Washington Update. 26 June 2009. "Next, on Friday the House debated and passed by a vote of 219-212, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, also known as 'Cap and Trade.' The bill would cap the amount of carbon emissions manufacturers and energy producers may emit and provide for a system of trading these credits between companies so they may still produce at current levels, albeit at a higher cost; thus making our products and energy more expensive. I believe we must focus on aggressively pursuing alternative and renewable energy, but do so in a manner that does not create greater problems than it solves. This is why I could not support today's Cap and Trade legislation. There is much for Congress to complete in the way of transitioning our economy from reliance upon non-renewable energy and our dependence on foreign oil. To this end I am a cosponsor of the American Clean Energy Act, and will continue to work across the aisle to bring commonsense solutions to this problem." (wittman.house.gov)
  • Robert Wittman. Congressman Wittman Opinion Editorial in the Bearing Drift Magazine: Getting Virginians Back to Work. 8 October 2010. "Congress continued on this downward path in the summer of 2009 to consider, debate and pass cap and trade legislation, which proposed to fundamentally alter both energy markets and the U.S. economy in an attempt to curb carbon dioxide emissions. As an environmental scientist, I believe crafting legislation to protect our environment and transition our economy to clean energy is a top priority; however, we must pursue the transition to alternative and renewable energy in the least disruptive method for our economy. While cap and trade legislation stalled in the Senate, its passage in the House of Representatives echoed in the business climate across the country." (www.wittman.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Wittman. Issue Position: Issues. 4 October 2011. "I stand strongly for [¦] Pro-Second Amendment Gun Rights."
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Rob Wittman in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Rob Wittman a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Rob Wittman voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Wittman Statement on the Two-Year Anniversary of Health Care Overhaul. 23 March 2012. "In the two years since this monstrous health care overhaul was signed into law, folks across the First District have continued to see their health care costs rise. Rather than bringing common-sense reform to lower the costs of health care, this legislation is increasing the federal government's intrusiveness in citizens' lives.[...] Americans simply cannot afford the devastating effects of this bill nor its trillion dollar price tag. The Obama administration itself has even refrained from enforcing certain provisions of its own bill as it's become more clear how harmful or ineffective these programs are. This law must be repealed and replaced with common-sense reforms that are conceived in the public sphere, not behind closed doors." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Facebook: Wall. 23 March 2012. "One year ago today the health overhaul was signed into law. I opposed this legislation when it came before the House and voted for its repeal in January. Meanwhile, costs continue to rise. We must fight for true reform for more affordable and accessible, high quality health care." (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Wittman. Facebook: Wall. 20 January 2012. "Yesterday, I cast my vote for the repeal of the health overhaul law and in support of starting with a clean slate to work towards accessible, affordable, quality health care. This is just the beginning of a new debate to bring real reform to our health care system." (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Wittman. Wittman Votes for Health Overhaul Repeal, Supports Efforts to Replace with Effective, Cost-Cutting Measures. 19 January 2011. "My priority is to ensure that my constituents have affordable, accessible, quality health care, and the current health overhaul law simply does not do that. It places burdens on small businesses, and will force an individual mandate that every American must purchase coverage, an element I opposed." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Rob Wittman voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (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

  • Robert Wittman. Daily Press “ Candidates: How to Address Illegal Immigration. 7 December 2007. "We must defend our borders and strengthen national security but we also need to provide the opportunity for those who exist outside the system to come inside and help be part of it. However, for us to permit amnesty is an injustice to legal immigrants who entered properly." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Rob Wittman 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 Wittman in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Rob Wittman voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. NumbersUSA: 2010 NumbersUSA Congressional Candidate Survey. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Do you OPPOSE offering the officially estimated 11 million people illegally in the U.S long-term work permits and/or a path to citizenship (whether through a blanket amnesty or an "earned legalization" or other form)?" (www.numbersusa.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Wittman. Issue Position: Family Values. 4 October 2011. "I will work in defense of parental rights, religious liberty, and the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Rob Wittman voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Wittman. Letter to President Barack Obama, President of the United State. 4 March 2009. "We strongly support the goal of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and believe it is in Russia's interests to work with the international community to achieve this goal. However, we do not believe that terminating the European missile defense proposal in exchange for Russian assistance with Iran is the best course of action to meet our national security objectives." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wittman. Weekly Washington Update. 14 March 2008. "Other countries like Iran and North Korea pose developing military threats and there are a number of emerging threats in nations such as Venezuela and Pakistan. Our troop levels are thinning, and I believe that we must address this situation and start putting together both short-term and long-term plans of action to combat this problem before it is too late." (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

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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