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Charlie Dent's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 15, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 15
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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

  • "My vote today represents my consistent belief that taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay for abortion services, which is currently the law of the land. I have long supported the inclusion of prohibitions on taxpayer funding for abortion in the annual government funding bills. H.R. 7 codifies these prohibitions into law, eliminating the need for them to be continuously renewed." (
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
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

  • "The money you earn is your money. It is not the government's money. That's why Charlie Dent voted against what would have been the largest tax increase in the history of America. It's why he voted to expand the Child Tax Credit and to permanently get rid of the Marriage Tax Penalty and the Death Tax (which particularly hurts family businesses and family farms)." (
  • "I Charles Dent pledge to the taxpayers of the 15th district of the state of Pennsylvania 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." (
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

  • "Under Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership, the liberal Congress has dramatically increased spending and extended the reach of government. We simply cannot afford this Congress's expensive and over-ambitious agenda. I have opposed bloated government spending initiatives [...]" (
  • "The best way to let our families keep their money is to stop the government from spending it. Charlie has voted against bloated government spending items like the Farm Bill and wasteful projects like the "Bridge to Nowhere." He is a strong leader in reforming the earmark process in Washington. Charlie has called for greater fairness and openness in the process to make sure that taxpayers know how their money is being spent and he demanded that lawmakers attach their names to projects they are supporting." (
  • "Understanding the record-breaking spending levels of the recent past are simply unsustainable, H.Con.Res. 34 freezes discretionary spending below pre-Stimulus levels for the next five years. I recognize the impact of these cuts will be felt across the country, but difficult steps must be taken today to guarantee a prosperous and secure tomorrow." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "First and foremost, we should provide small businesses with a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income. American companies should also be allowed to recoup reasonable and necessary business expenses in order to foster greater business investment." (
  • "Reducing the tax burden on American small businesses will allow these crucial job creators to invest in their growth and hire more employees. Like a growing number of bipartisan Members of Congress, I believe comprehensive tax reform, which broadens the base, eliminates loopholes and modernizes the tax code, will help spur substantial economic growth. However, until extensive reform is completed, Congress must continue to pass legislation like H.R. 9 that supports the growth of American small businesses." (
Yes 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

  • "I think we can all agree that NCLB, legislation which was built on the foundation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, can help us confront one of our nation's greatest challenges, ensuring that every child receives the academic tools they need to succeed in the future." (
  • "I believe the Federal government has an important role to play in supporting state and local governments by setting goals and providing funding that will ensure that all children have the opportunity to thrive in the classroom." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It's disappointing to see President Obama veto the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Building the Keystone Pipeline would create jobs, increase North American energy independence, improve our domestic energy infrastructure and strengthen our relationship with Canada." (
  • "The Keystone XL Pipeline project, and the tens of thousands of jobs it would support, has been unnecessarily held up by the President for too long. It has been studied and restudied. Cleared and re-cleared. Support for this project amongst the public remains at an overwhelming level. It's something the vast majority of Americans agree would be beneficial and it is unfortunate that the President allows ideology to trump good public policy." (
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

  • "Research new technologies that will allow us to cleanly make use of America's vast coal resources and that will spur the development of alternative and renewable energy resources like wind, solar, geothermal, as well as exciting technologies like plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. And, we must resume the use of nuclear energy (a source of power that leaves absolutely no carbon footprint." (
  • "I support developing clean coal technology and research into technology that will allow us to develop engines that can run on hydrogen fuel cells and natural gas. I also believe that we should encourage the further development of nuclear power. I do support solar and wind power, but I believe it is wrong to mislead the American people into believing that they are a viable alternative without substantial Federal subsidies in the near term to coal or other conventional energy sources." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This misguided effort is nothing more than a threat from the Administration for Congress to pass harmful cap-and-tax legislation or face the possibility of the EPA imposing even more damaging regulations,: […] At a time when the nation is struggling to create and maintain jobs, over-reaching mandates on greenhouse gases will only increase energy costs for American manufacturers, farmers and homeowners, further stifling any real hope for sustainable economic growth." (
  • "Given that nearly forty percent of electricity in the United States is generated by coal, it is especially important to carefully consider both the short- and long-term ramifications of this proposal. In some states nearly ninety percent of electricity is coal-powered, so consumers could be especially hard-hit. We have already heard an outpouring of concern from constituents alarmed about this proposal's impact on energy affordability, job creation, and long-term economic growth. Allowing stakeholders additional time to comment will ensure those wishing to share their views are able to do so and will enable the EPA to more fully consider public opinion." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I firmly believe in the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, and I have been a staunch defender of this freedom. In fact, I signed on to an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in the landmark Supreme Court case, D.C. v. Heller, in which the Court finally affirmed the individual right to bear arms and maintained that all Americans have a constitutional right to self-defense." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "No person is above the law in America, not even the President. In 2010, the House passed the Affordable Care Act, the President's signature domestic legislation. While I voted against the law, and find the employer mandate particularly onerous, that provision, contained in the law, was duly passed. The Constitution is quite clear that the President's job requires him to see that laws are faithfully enacted." (
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

  • "It is simply unacceptable for a country to deny or delay its own citizens' reentry after they have been scheduled for deportation, including those who have been convicted of a crime." (
  • "A great, sovereign country must secure and control its own borders. We must be a 'nation of laws' and that is why I oppose granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. We cannot reward millions of lawbreakers over people who follow the rules." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Life is too short to have the force of government stand in the way of two adults whose pursuit of happiness includes marriage. As a Republican, I value equality, personal freedom and a more limited role for government in our lives. I believe this philosophy should apply to the issue of marriage as well. […] To all those Americans today who are able to marry their loved ones and have that marriage recognized everywhere throughout the country, congratulations." (
  • "As members of Congress dedicated to promoting equal rights to every American, we believe that no one should lose their job simply because of who they are or who they love." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I simply believe that if an individual takes up arms with al Qaeda or the Taliban or any other terrorist organization, foreign terrorist organization that is intent on killing Americans, that we should treat them just as we would an individual who is an agent of a foreign government or part of a foreign army. That's the whole point." (
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.


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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