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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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 Peter Roskam a rating of 19 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Peter Roskam voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Peter Roskam voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Peter Roskam voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Capitol Fax: Roskam Perhaps Wonders Aloud Too Much. 27 October 2008. "You know, my position is the same as Henry Hyde's. And 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." (capitolfax.com)
  • Fran Eaton. Illinois Review: In Focus: GOP Candidate for 6th CD Peter Roskam. 30 March 2006. "Yes, I knew I was Republican, I knew I was pro-life, and I was intuitively conservative, just based on my upbringing. I didn't grow up in a political family at all. My mom and dad voted, and that was it." (illinoisreview.typepad.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Peter Roskam in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Berkowitz. Public Affairs: Roskam and Duckworth play "Meet the Press." 13 October 2006. "Well, I am pro-life and I've been consistently pro-life and one of the arguments I made on the Senate floor is you don't pit one life against another." (jeffberkowitz.blogspot.com)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. CNN "The Situation Room" “ Transcript. 5 January 2011. "BLITZER: Can the U.S. afford $5 billion a month spent in Afghanistan? ROSKAM: Well, I think you've got to ask President Obama that question. BLITZER: What do you think? ROSKAM: I think the president made a good decision when he ordered the surge. BLITZER: Sixty billion dollars a year that could be spent on education? ROSKAM: Wolf, what's the alternative? We lose Afghanistan and it becomes a staging ground, then, for terror? We -- we know what that's like." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Editorial Board Questionnaire. 2 November 2011. "The Coalition Forces' military and political strategy in Afghanistan should be to establish the level of security and stability necessary to prevent the country from being used again as a base for attacks on the United States and our allies. That goal encompasses an independent police force, transparency and accountability in the rule of law, and a democratically elected government free from the destructive grasp of corruption. I support President Obama's troop buildup in Afghanistan, hopeful that it will bring the same results that we've seen in Iraq, enabling us to pull out all combat troops. Troop withdrawal should be done in coordination with the Afghans and be contingent on the successful training and reliability of the country's own security forces." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Peter Roskam. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Peter Roskam voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter Roskam. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Peter Roskam voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. House GOP Deputy Whip Peter Roskam on the status of Boehner 2.0. 29 July 2011. "HH: Second and last concern about the Boehner bill, and again, it's one that goes to who's on the committee. If it's Buck McKeon, I don't worry at all about what happens to Defense spending. But if it's one of our, you know, we've got some isolationist-leaning Republicans out there, Ron Paul, chief among them [¦] But what about Defense and the guarantees that the leadership are making to the Defense-minded members that that's not going to become the whipping boy for the budget hawks? PR: [¦] I recognize that that's, you know, people are always wanting the perfect guarantee, but the types of people that I'm confident Speaker Boehner is going to appoint to that committee are going to be the types of people who are rock solid conservatives, strong on Defense, strong on spending restraint, and aren't going to be advocating tax hikes." (www.hughhewitt.com)
  • Peter Roskam. Roskam Praises House Effort to Prevent Devastating Military Cuts. 22 September 2012. "Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) issued the following statement after the National Security and Job Protection Act passed the House of Representatives: 'This bill reinforces our commitment to preventing the military cuts that the president's own defense secretary has called "catastrophic' and "disastrous.' The House has passed multiple bills to not only replace the sequester with common sense reforms, but to make the process more transparent and bring all parties to the negotiating table. Unfortunately, our attempt to make the necessary distinction between cutting fat and cutting muscle has been met with either veto threats or complete silence from the White House. Unlike Senate Democrats, House Republicans have no intention of pushing our nation over the fiscal cliff, or limiting our military readiness with this dangerous sequester.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Peter Roskam voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Peter Roskam voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Peter Roskam voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. CNN "The Situation Room" “ Transcript. 5 January 2011. "BLITZER: Can the U.S. afford $5 billion a month spent in Afghanistan? ROSKAM: Well, I think you've got to ask President Obama that question. BLITZER: What do you think? ROSKAM: I think the president made a good decision when he ordered the surge. BLITZER: Sixty billion dollars a year that could be spent on education? ROSKAM: Wolf, what's the alternative? We lose Afghanistan and it becomes a staging ground, then, for terror? We -- we know what that's like." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Peter Roskam voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "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." (s3.amazonaws.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter Roskam. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Peter Roskam voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Peter Roskam voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Crafting a True Bipartisan Stimulus Plan. 27 January 2009. "Five hundred thousand jobs lost last month, the Dow Jones Industrial Average teetering at 8,000, and home prices continuing to plummet - to say our economy is in need of repair would be quite the understatement [¦] During his inaugural address, the President called for bold and swift action to 'create new jobs to lay a new foundation for growth.'...We must avoid the easy temptation to spend our way out of this recession, rather we must craft policies that empower our nation's greatest resource - the American people and the small businesses that create 7 out of every 10 jobs in America. Simply throwing money at any problem is short-sighted. Government does have a role to play in revitalizing our ailing economy, but that must come in the form of judicious spending that creates jobs while putting more tax dollars back in the hands of hard-working families now. " (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Roskam Statement on January Jobs Report. 4 February 2011. "More stimulus spending is a path to ensuring our economy doesn't create jobs the way it can. I urge President Obama and Democrats to heed the call of Americans and join House Republicans in our continued focused efforts to cut government spending and regulations so our economy will create private sector jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Roskam Statement on September Jobs Report. 7 October 2011. "This is yet another disappointing example that the White House's policies need to change direction. It's been over two and a half years since the stimulus first passed, yet trillions in debt later, unemployment is 9.1% -- well above the 8% peak promised by this Administration." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Roskam on Failed Stimulus Birthday Eve: We Don't Need a Budget Like the Stimulus. 16 February 2011. "Remember the stimulus -- where the Administration said if we passed it then unemployment was going to peak at 8%? Well, here we are, unemployment is still at a lagging 9%, and it doesn't seem to be going down anywhere soon - and we're two years out. The administration rolled out a new budget and you would of thought that they would of tried to learn the lessons of the past. But this is a budget that just doubles down on the failures of the past, rather than moving to try and improve things. It taxes to much, it borrows too much, and it spends too much...Cutting makes sense. Cutting gets government off the backs of businesses, and going at these regulations that are strangling prosperity. That's where the action is, and that's where we need to go, and that's what House Republicans are committed to do." (votesmart.org)
  • Andrew Moran. Digital Journal: U.S. Politicians join NBA teams in LeBron James sweepstakes. 3 July 2010. "Roskam said in a statement that James signing with the Chicago Bulls would 'create more jobs than the stimulus package ever did.'" (digitaljournal.com)
  • 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 Peter Roskam a rating of 75 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter Roskam. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 2 November 2011. "Stopping a massive tax hike is especially critical for small businesses, where every dollar in new taxes owed is a dollar that cannot go to pay current employees or be used to hire new workers." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Peter Roskam. Issue Position: Low Taxes and a Stronger Economy. 2 November 2011. "Keeping taxes low on families and small businesses is esesntial to create the jobs that will help fuel a stronger economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 6: Peter J. Roskam. 2 November 2011. "We need to create certainty in the marketplace to unfreeze the kind of investment that creates jobs and higher wages. We need to eliminate burdensome regulations so that small and medium-sized businesses can focus their time and energy on innovation and growth." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Peter Roskam. R&D Tax Credit. 30 November 2007. "Madam Speaker, I rise today to raise awareness of the imminent need for Congress to extend and make permanent the research and development tax credit [¦] For decades, our Nation's leadership in research has led to discoveries that have dramatically improved living standards around the world and given rise to new industries that have in turn created millions of new jobs. Other countries are well aware of the significant economic benefits that flow from R&D activities, and many have created strong tax incentives designed to attract R&D investment around the world. In fact, 10,000 American companies will be able to take advantage of the permanency of the R&D tax credit. In my district alone, small and medium manufacturers, technology companies and leading research institutions will greatly benefit from this tax credit." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter Roskam. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 6: Peter J. Roskam. 2 November 2011. "It is clear that state and local governments shouldering the bulk of the costs should have much greater autonomy on how those dollars are spent. Unfortunately, the President's education agenda takes exactly the opposite course...That said, I believe that President's Race to the Top initiative has prompted some promising discussions about educational reform in the State of Illinois. For example, reforms like expanding school choice, increasing charter school caps and investing in technology databases to measure progress and results would all help to improve the quality of education our children are receiving. Though Illinois has twice failed to qualify for funding under the Race to the Top program, I believe these types of reforms are worth pursuing." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Peter Roskam. Masonry Magazine: With Challenge Comes Opportunity. 17 November 2008. "We must have a policy that rewards teachers who work hard to improve their individual student's skill sets and not merely a blanket policy that has little regard for individual testing and growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Roskam Meets With Local Education Officials About No Child Left Behind. 21 February 2011. "We need reform that restores local control of education, empowers students and parents, allows teachers to teach, and protects taxpayer dollars." (roskam.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Peter Roskam voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Peter Roskam voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Peter Roskam voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter Roskam. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Peter Roskam voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Peter Roskam voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter Roskam. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Peter Roskam voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Peter Roskam a grade of 73." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Peter Roskam in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Letter To The Honorable Lisa Madigan, Attorney General. 15 March 2011. "Any attempt to intimidate citizens of Illinois from getting their FOID card or exercising their Second Amendment rights is unthinkable. I think it would be in the state's interest to focus on those who have actually broken the law, instead of putting more people in harm's way by releasing their private information." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Letter to Governor Quinn, Attorney General Madigan, Speaker Madigan, Representative Cross, Senators Cullerton and Radogno. 30 August 2011. "As you are well aware, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin recently signed legislation legalizing concealed carry in his state. In doing so, Wisconsin became the 49th state to recognize this Second Amendment freedom and made Illinois the sole state in the nation which refuses to do so. Exceptionalism can often be a positive thing, but in this case it is a mark of shame. IN refusing to pass legislation legalizing concealed carry, Illinois is denying its law-abiding citizens the ability to protect themselves, their families, and their property. Self defenses is a fundamental right, and the Supreme court has recognized that in two recent rulings. In District of Colombia v Heller (2008) the Supreme Court rules that the Second Amendment guarantees and individuals right to possess a firearm. In McDonald v Chicago (2010), they rules that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self defense in one's home is fully applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. We agree with the Supreme Court and believe that the citizens of Illinois deserve to have the same protections afforded tot hem as the citizens of the other 49 states [¦] Research on right to carry laws has shown them to be a deterrent to crime and a useful tool for self defense [¦] It is time for the Illinois legislature to act, and permit Illinoisans to join the rest of the nation in their ability to carry concealed weapons for self defense." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Peter Roskam voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter Roskam. Issue Position: Border Security/Illegal Immigration. 2 November 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Peter Roskam in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Peter Roskam voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Peter Roskam in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. A Nation Built by Legal Immigrants. 8 May 2007. "Concerns continue to grow as activists take to the streets around our nation demanding amnesty for the over 12 million illegal aliens currently living in the United States. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recently lamented to a crowd of immigration reform activists that 'this skyline was built by immigrants.' One word the mayor omitted from his statement was 'legal,' an important distinction that makes a world of difference in the immigration debate. I agree with Mayor Daley that we are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. Nearly 3,000 illegal aliens are apprehended attempting to cross our border on a daily basis. Even more frightening is that this figure does not include those who have successfully crossed over or those using false documents. Our nation is still vulnerable at the border." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Roskam and Kirk Call on Blagojevich to End Illegal Immigration Open Door Policy in IL. 31 July 2008. "Illinois is home 550,000 illegal immigrants, more than any other non-border state in the nation [¦] We even have more illegals than Arizona. Why? Because the Blagojevich Administration has made a concerted effort to not only attract, but keep, illegal immigrants here in Illinois. Thanks to this lack of leadership, Illinois taxpayers now are expected to pay more than $3 billion every year for the numerous state services and benefits afforded to illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Roskam: Senate Bill "Dead-on-Arrival" if Passed to the House. 26 June 2007. "In 1986, Congress granted amnesty to more than 3 million illegal immigrants. As a result, we now have more than 12 million illegal immigrants in our country, who would be granted amnesty under the Senate bill. Our country is a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. The Senate is clearly divided over the immigration debate, but my congressional district is not. My constituents have made it very clear that amnesty is not an option. Until our borders are secured, any attempts to rectify the immigration issue will simply fall short." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter Roskam. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 6: Peter J. Roskam. 2 November 2011. "I support the Defense of Marriage Act." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Peter Roskam voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Peter Roskam in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Peter Roskam voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Peter Roskam supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 30 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roskam. AARP: My Ballot “ Deficit Reduction and Social Security. "We face one of the greatest economic crises in our history and now is the time when the public and private sectors of our nation - and Republican and Democrat Members of Congress - need to join together and work towards creating viable solutions to strengthen our economy." (www4.thevoterguide.org)
  • Peter Roskam. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 2 November 2011. "Fundamentally, we need to broaden the conversation about Social Security. That means changing the dynamic, forging a system of wealth creation, rather than the current system of wealth transfer. For example, unlike the current Social Security system, all federal employees are eligible to participate in the defined contribution Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The TSP allows participants"everyone from senators to secretaries"to invest their contributions in a menu of funds that offer both better returns and broad market diversification to better manage risk. This type of investment program allows participants to put capital to work instead of shifting it around in an elaborate ponzi scheme." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)

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