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David Rouzer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 7, Republican
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David Rouzer 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.

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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

  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina http://votesmart.org/interest-group/899/rating/6298 (votesmart.org)
  • "On the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are all reminded how important it is to fight for those who cannot speak for themselves. This bill makes permanent the prohibition of taxpayer dollars for insurance plans that cover abortion services. I am proud to stand with the millions of those across the country who work daily to protect our most vulnerable." https://rouzer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-rouzer-supports-pro-life-legislation (rouzer.house.gov)
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

  • "Lower taxes encourage innovation and reward hard work necessary to create economic growth and new innovations that benefit all of society." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851749/issue-position-taxes#.VZ7rrHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating to "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=pledge#.Vi-KPmwViko (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

  • "Wasteful spending leads to higher interest rates and higher taxes; both slow the economy which affects our ability to provide for ourselves, our families and improve our quality of life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/498804/issue-position-wasteful-spending#.VZ7tU3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight to cut federal spending, reform our entitlement programs, reform our regulatory agencies, and reform our tax code so that we can grow our economy and reduce our national debt, which threatens to render us a third-rate nation subject to the whims of our enemies across the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851747/issue-position-shrinking-the-size-of-government#.VZ7t23UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Reform our federal tax code so that it is fair to everyone and reduce taxes across the board." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700744/issue-position-economy#.VZ7w3HUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We cannot tax our way back to prosperity. I fought for lower taxes in Raleigh and I will fight for lower taxes in Washington." http://davidrouzer.com/issues/taxes (davidrouzer.com)
  • "Lower taxes encourage innovation and reward hard work necessary to create economic growth and new innovations that benefit all of society." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851749/issue-position-taxes#.VZ7rrHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe that control of education needs to be in the hands of parents, teachers and principals at the local level. The federal government should get out of the way and let the states do what is best for their local school officials so that every child receives a quality education." http://davidrouzer.com/issues (davidrouzer.com)
  • "How do we achieve better schools? We enable teachers to teach to the needs of their students -- not to tests. We encourage the development of critical thinking, not the reciting of facts and figures that are forgotten the next day. We focus on the needs of the principals, teachers and parents who really know what is best for the children in their respective schools -- not keep adding to the education bureaucracies at the federal, state and local level." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/498801/issue-position-better-schools#.VZ7yd3UViko (votesmart.org)
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" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZ7zQHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I urge my colleagues in both Chambers and the President to support the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. This is an opportunity to show the American people that there is still a glimmer of hope for good old common sense." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/948423/keystone-xl-pipeline-act/?search=keystone#.VZ7zpHUVik (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Why are gas prices as high as they are? Because the government prohibits us from accessing the natural resources that we have available within our own country, from exploration of oil and natural gas to the vast oil shale reserves in the Rocky Mountains to wind, solar and the development of other alternatives. If the financial markets and the rest of the world thought we were really serious about tapping into all of our own natural resources, the futures price of oil would drop substantially -- and so would our pain at the pump." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/498799/issue-position-lower-gas-prices/?search=solar#.VbJlcnV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • "The state needs to develop a comprehensive energy policy encouraging energy independence by developing incentives to encourage conservation, to develop additional sources of oil and natural gas as well as to develop new alternative and renewable energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/498808/issue-position-energy-independence/?search=renewable#.VZ70UnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is no secret that costs from additional regulations are always passed down to the consumers. Several States, in fact, have expressed their concern on this matter. Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan, Virginia, and my home State of North Carolina have all introduced or passed legislation that prohibits their respective environmental agencies from enforcing this burdensome, unnecessary regulation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/989824/department-of-the-interior-environment-and-related-agencies-appropriations-act-2016/?search=regulation#.VbJnPXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, David Rouzer, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of North Carolina and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." http://americansforprosperity.org/files/David_Rouzer2.pdf (americansforprosperity.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a proud member of the NRA, and a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. The Second Amendment is about much more than the right to hunt, as some seem to suggest. It is about protecting ourselves from enemies foreign and domestic." http://davidrouzer.com/issues/second-amendment (davidrouzer.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "One of the best things we can do in Congress to create an environment for better-paying jobs is to repeal Obamacare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/948628/rep-rouzer-supports-full-repeal-of-obamacare#.VaABwnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Even before Obamacare, we had too much government intervention and control — the very reason why health care costs continue to increase at exponential rates. This is one of the primary threats to long-term economic growth in this country. Obamacare must be repealed [...]" http://davidrouzer.com/issues/healthcare (davidrouzer.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Repeal the federal laws that allow citizenship via family ties and marriage and replace it with the option of a military service requirement or a work requirement. Additionally, a basic knowledge of US history and its origin, fluency in English, and documentation of community service should be required to earn citizenship." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/725061/issue-position-immigration#.VaAES3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The more than 12 to 15 million illegal immigrants that have come to this country over the past 30 years should not be eligible for citizenship or enjoy government benefits at any point in time." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851753/#.Vo7TXrMjyCg (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not support amnesty. No one who has come to this country illegally should be allowed to obtain taxpayer benefits. We have an illegal immigration problem because our legal immigration system is seriously flawed, overly bureaucratic and many of our immigration laws have not been enforced." http://davidrouzer.com/issues/immigration-border-security (davidrouzer.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Marriage between a man and woman is a very sacred institution and has been the bedrock of every civilized society throughout history. It should be protected and preserved, not redefined […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/989374/rep-rouzer-on-obergefell-v-hodges-ruling#.Vi6gpWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I am looking forward to casting my vote for traditional marriage in the May 8th referendum and urge others to do the same." https://www.facebook.com/electdavidrouzer (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted in favor of S.B. 514 "Constitutional Amendment to Define Marriage" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/36503#.VaAL4XUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe in foreign intervention only when we have a direct threat to the national interest of the United States. We must also take into account the previous decisions made and work to ensure that the investment in lives and funding will not be vain." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851757/#.VaANwnUViko (votesmart.org)
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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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