Representative Peter J. Roskam's Political Positions

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

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  • "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)

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  • 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)

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

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  • "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)

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  • 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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)

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

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

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

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