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Rob Wittman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (VA) - District 1, Republican
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Rob Wittman has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Rob Wittman 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

  • "As a member of the Values Action Team, I will continue to support pro-life, pro-family legislation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389166/issue-position-family-values#.VYgwUXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/58133/rob-wittman#.VaVzzHUVhHw (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 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389167/#.VaV0xXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am also a cosponsor of H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act, which would repeal the income tax, the employment tax, and estate and gift tax and impose a national sales tax." http://wittman.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=128026 (wittman.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As we begin the 112th Congress, my first priority will be to rein in spending and cut out waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal budget. Our future lies not in the size of government but in the people who drive this country's prosperity: the entrepreneurs, the innovators, and those who work hard to achieve their American Dream." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/580644/congressman-wittman-votes-to-stop-tax-hikes#.VYgywHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "This budget calls for significantly reduced discretionary spending and taxes, as well as a full repeal of the president's costly health care overhaul. It proposes a balanced budget in fewer than ten years and acknowledges the severe fiscal threats caused by mandatory spending programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961437/wittman-statement-on-house-passed-budget#.VYg1ynUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This budget calls for significantly reduced discretionary spending and taxes, as well as a full repeal of the president's costly health care overhaul. It proposes a balanced budget in fewer than ten years and acknowledges the severe fiscal threats caused by mandatory spending programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961437/wittman-statement-on-house-passed-budget#.VYg1ynUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that families and small businesses can spend their hard-earned money more wisely than government. This bill isn't perfect but it's critical that we stop this tax hike." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/580644/congressman-wittman-votes-to-stop-tax-hikes#.VYgywHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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 programs and implement commonsense reforms to ensure that we are helping, not hurting, the education of our children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/489707/school-districts-financially-strapped#.VYg3pXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/837289/issue-position-education#.VYg2kXUVhHw (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 Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.VYg43HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I was proud to support the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, and I am hopeful that it will pass the Senate soon. We cannot wait any longer." http://wittman.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1 (wittman.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I strongly believe that our nation is past due in efficiently developing a smart, forward-thinking energy strategy and our own sources of energy. […] As a scientist by trade, I understand the need to achieve a balance, to foster development of American energy while at the same time protecting the integrity of our environment. We can achieve both efficiency and protection, and this bill helps us accomplish both goals." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/773315/wittman-introduces-renewable-energy-legislation#.VYg5UXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am an advocate for domestic energy exploration including natural gas and oil, in addition to increased conservation, and alternative sources such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, geothermal, and nuclear energy." http://www.robwittman.com/issues/ (www.robwittman.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt 585 "Prohibits the Social Cost of Carbon from Being Included in Agency Determinations" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46997 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt 1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46997 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe that the constitutional right to keep and bear arms must be diligently protected. I am a gun owner and strong supporter of Second Amendment rights." http://www.robwittman.com/issues/ (www.robwittman.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/58133/rob-wittman/37#.VaV7yHUVhHw (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.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." https://www.facebook.com/RobWittmanforCongress/posts/10150117215690954 (www.facebook.com)
  • "I voted against Obamacare and have voted to repeal, defund, and replace it at every opportunity." http://www.robwittman.com/issues/ (www.robwittman.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "I remain adamantly opposed to amnesty in any shape or form." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/941262/wittman-supports-legislation-rolling-back-immigration-executive-order#.VaV-AXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Illegal immigrants are breaking the law. It is wrong to reward this illegal behavior by granting amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants within our border." http://www.robwittman.com/issues/ (www.robwittman.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will work in defense of parental rights, religious liberty, and the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389166/issue-position-family-values#.VYgwUXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/58133/rob-wittman#.VaV-YXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must continue to be vigilant about those who wish harm on our country and should not encourage terrorists to travel to the U.S. for safe haven from prosecution." http://www.robwittman.com/issues/ (www.robwittman.com)
  • "Too frequently, we see examples of terrorist organizations and their sympathizers conspiring to carry out attacks against American citizens, both within our homeland and around the world. Our intelligence community must have resources readily available to detect and counter these threats." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974036/wittman-statement-on-usa-freedom-act#.VYg__XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no question that ISIS must be destroyed and it is critical that the coalition of NATO partners and nations in the Middle East such as Jordan continue to work together to that end." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/941254/codel-wittman-meets-with-king-abdullah-of-jordan/?search=Syria (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

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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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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