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Peter Roskam's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 6, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 6
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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

  • "We must remain vigilant in our fight to protect the most vulnerable among us-those infants and the unborn who are unable to protect themselves." http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2015/09/roskam-i-will-always-stand-for-life.html (illinoisreview.typepad.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • Huffington Post "[?] Henry Hyde put it best when he said, when somebody is the victim of a crime, the law currently says that a rapist can't be put to death. That's the law. A rapist under the court doctrines can't be put to death. He said, why is it that the baby who is the result of that criminal behavior can be put to death? He said, isn't that a sad, sad thing. So my feeling is, look, in the case of that, that's the hard case, right? That's the ultimate painful and difficult case. And what we need to do is love that person and encourage them and support them. But once people are categorized by how they were conceived and the circumstances of their conception, you end up going down a route that ultimately I don't think we want to be." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/27/gop-rep-roskam-why-can-wo_n_138352.html (www.huffingtonpost.com)
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 pledge stating "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Illinois and to the American people that 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://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/120111-federalpledgesigners.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Rated 80% by Americans for Prosperity http://votesmart.org/interest-group/310/rating/7076 (votesmart.org)
  • "Keeping taxes low on families and small businesses is esesntial to create the jobs that will help fuel a stronger economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/484666/issue-position-low-taxes-and-a-stronger-economy#.VlNjImwViko (votesmart.org)
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

  • "We're 29 months out from a stimulus bill, and unemployment is still over nine percent. We're 12 months out from the so-called recovery summer, and it's been a miserable failure. Let's acknowledge the failure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/622660/gop-will-not-raise-taxes-on-small-businesses/?search=Stimulus#.VlNkz2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington has a spending problem. Total federal spending has grown by 33% since 2001, and more than doubled since 1990. The economy, our families and our businesses cannot afford this type of spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/375910/issue-position-spending/?search=spending#.VYA1Q3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by Americans for Prosperity http://votesmart.org/interest-group/310/rating/7076 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 85% by Americans for Prosperity http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam#.VYAyy3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Roskam believes keeping the tax burden low on families and small businesses is essential to job creation. He also knows that low taxes lead to the type of business and personal investments that will help ensure jobs that fuel a strong economic future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/484666/issue-position-low-taxes-and-a-stronger-economy#.VlNjImwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Roskam believes keeping the tax burden low on families and small businesses is essential to job creation. He also knows that low taxes lead to the type of business and personal investments that will help ensure jobs that fuel a strong economic future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/484666/issue-position-low-taxes-and-a-stronger-economy/?search=spending#.VYA1CHUViko (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

  • "We need reform that restores local control of education, empowers students and parents, allows teachers to teach, and protects taxpayer dollars." http://roskam.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/roskam-meets-with-local-education-officials-about-no-child-left-behind (roskam.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "What America needs is a vision for an energy future that will jumpstart domestic energy production and put thousands of Americans back to work. The place to start would be immediately approving the Keystone XL Pipeline." http://roskam.house.gov/media-center/speeches/we-shouldn-t-wait-another-day-on-keystone (roskam.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXtfrHUViko (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

  • "What we need is an energy policy that sets the stage so the best idea and the best science win the day. A true all-of-the-above strategy is critical, because energy independence will not happen through just one source. An energy renaissance is upon us. Let's make sure we seize the moment." http://roskam.house.gov/issues/energy (roskam.house.gov)
  • "[...] we can't completely drill ourselves out of our energy woes, and instead move toward our energy future with an "all of the above" approach, leaving nothing on the table." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/448632/lower-gas-prices-energy-independence#.Va1oZXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VYA47XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "New national energy taxes like cap-and-trade will make the cost of energy skyrocket and kill jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/883434/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VYyDznUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Under no circumstance should ATF adopt a standard that will ban ammunition that is overwhelmingly used by law-abiding Americans for legitimate purposes." http://judiciary.house.gov/_cache/files/53c0eaf3-fa56-47df-8536-2389a56dfc17/030415-atf-letter.pdf (judiciary.house.gov)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1034/rating/6568 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We cannot let people continuously get pummeled by a law that is taking more money out of their pockets, decreasing healthcare options and further shrinking the American workforce that is already at record low participation rate. House Republicans are forwarding patient-centered healthcare reforms that live up to the promise of increasing access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans." http://roskam.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/brokenpromises-obamacare-to-spike-health-costs-for-11-million-americans (roskam.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VYA7J3UViko (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

  • "We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. We must secure our borders, hold employers accountable for who they hire and oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/375912/issue-position-border-securityimmigration/?search=amnesty#.VYA-tHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VYA_WXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the Defense of Marriage Act." http://www.hrc.org/elected-officials/profile/house/242#.VY1vsXUVhHw (www.hrc.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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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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