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Martha Roby's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 2, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
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Martha Roby 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. Martha Roby 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 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

  • "Mr. Speaker, I am pro-life, and proudly so." (
  • "Martha is pro-life and her record very clearly demonstrates her opposition to abortion and support of adoption as a positive solution." (
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

  • "She believes the current tax code is in desperate need of sweeping reform and she is willing to examine any number of proposals that will lower the tax burden on America's working families." (
  • "I reject the view that allowing a tax hike in the middle of a painfully slow economic recovery is good for our economy. Failure to act will result in less disposable income for millions of Americans, hamper growth, and slow job creation." (
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

  • "The American people overwhelmingly agree that the United States spends too much money and holds too much debt as a result. I believe we can achieve meaningful reforms that get our country on a solid financial footing, but only if we stop bickering and start communicating." (
  • "Martha supports balanced-budgets and other solutions to ensure our nation doesn't spend more than we take in." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Keeps taxes low so the economy can grow. Eliminates roughly $800 billion in tax increases imposed by the President's health care law. Prevents the $1.5 trillion tax increase called for in the President's budget." (
  • "In Congress, Martha will fight to lower taxes just as she has done for six years on the Montgomery City Council. She believes the current tax code is in desperate need of sweeping reform and she is willing to examine any number of proposals that will lower the tax burden on America's working families. " " (
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

  • "The administration enacted a similar effort to "allow" states to compete for federal funding through the $4 billion Race to the Top program. Again, there is a catch: To compete for the grants, which are funded by taxpayers, schools must first adopt Common Core Standards. States that refuse to accept a national curriculum in their classrooms are ineligible. This scheme represents a massive redistribution of education dollars to areas that favor federal control." (
  • "If successful, the Student Success Act of 2013 would codify Roby's proposal to bar the U.S. Department of Education from using federal grants or regulation waivers to entice states to adopt certain curriculum standards or assessment policies." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline (
  • "I'm disappointed, but not surprised that President Obama vetoed a bipartisan plan to finally build the Keystone Pipeline. This project would create tens of thousands of jobs at a time when Americans need them." (
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

  • "Whether it's coal, whether it's natural gas, whether it's renewable energy in my district, we have incredible opportunities to create these kinds of jobs that we know will put food on people's plates around the table, that will actually allow people to go on vacation, to afford to put gas in the car, to find a better way for their families." (
  • "That is why I do support an 'all of the above' approach to energy. This includes opening up new areas for American energy exploration, transitioning to renewable and alternative energy [?]." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The EPA's proposed regulation for existing power plants will have a real and advers effect on the local and state economies that rely heavily on our nation's electricity providers [...]" (
  • "Add to that job killing policies like health care reform and cap and trade, and you have a federal government that is standing in the way of growth. We can and must do better." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The right to bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, yet this right is under constant attack throughout our nation. Martha knows there is a better way than enacting new gun control laws and believes the U.S. Justice Department should enforce the laws already on the books." (
  • "I will oppose any effort to take away the rights of law-abiding American citizens to own firearms." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to stand with my colleagues in support of H.R. 2 that will repeal the Health Care Reform Act." (
  • "I have taken 26 votes since I took office to completely repeal President Obama's health care law, block its provisions, or defund its programs. I remain committed to dismantling this costly expansion of government." (
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

  • "To assure the integrity of the immigration process, Martha opposes any legislation offering amnesty or any pathway to citizenship for anyone who has disregarded our laws and opposes any legislation creating government benefits for illegal immigrants." (
  • "As you know, late last year President Obama attempted to bypass Congress to grant defacto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. What the president has done is wrong and dangerous. It undermines the rule of law and threatens American jobs." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating "We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values." (
  • Signed a letter stating "This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We draw 'red lines,' and do nothing when they are crossed. We outsource tough foreign policy decisions to the woefully weak United Nations. We hollow out our military force with drastic cuts that compromise our readiness. [?] These actions project weakness and invite our enemies to test our resolve. The United States must reverse course and demonstrate the kind of strength that used to be feared and respected the world over." (
No Inferred 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

  • "Let me be very clear: I do not support privatizing Social Security. I do not support increasing the retirement age. I do not support raising taxes or cutting benefits." (


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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