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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 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. 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 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)
  • Robert Wittman. Issue Position: Issues. 4 October 2011. "I stand strongly for [¦] Pro-life and Pro-family." (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)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 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)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
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. 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)
  • 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. 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. 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. 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)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Vote: http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VEZpB6CW29V (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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Rob Wittman voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Rob Wittman a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • 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

  • 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)
  • 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. 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. 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)
  • 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)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • Rob Wittman. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Rob Wittman voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Rob Wittman supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 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. 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)
  • 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)
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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