Representative Rob Wittman's Political Positions

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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "As a member of the Values Action Team, I will continue to support pro-life, pro-family legislation." (
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee (

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  • "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 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." (

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  • "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." (
  • "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." (

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (

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  • "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." (
  • "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." (

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" (
  • "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." (

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  • "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." (
  • "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." (

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  • 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" (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt 585 "Prohibits the Social Cost of Carbon from Being Included in Agency Determinations" (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt 1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments " (

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  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" (
  • "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." (
  • "I voted against Obamacare and have voted to repeal, defund, and replace it at every opportunity." (

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
  • "I remain adamantly opposed to amnesty in any shape or form." (
  • "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." (

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  • "I will work in defense of parental rights, religious liberty, and the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman." (
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign (

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  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (


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