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Bobby Bright's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Bobby Bright refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, 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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bobby Bright supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2009. (
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bobby Bright supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2009. (
  • Bobby Bright. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bobby Bright voted YES on 7 November 2009. (
  • Bobby Bright. Issue Position: Faith and Family Values. "As a conservative Democrat and a deacon in my church, I am a member of the pro-life caucus, oppose abortion and will do all I can to preserve the sanctity of life." (
  • Bobby Bright. Issue Position: I am Pro-Life. "I am Pro-Life... I believe in the sanctity of life." (
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Bright. Bright Votes Against Extending The Estate Tax. 4 December 2009. "The estate tax is unnecessary and a burden on too many small businesses and family farms. Americans strive to give their children opportunities they never had and pass on the legacy of their life's work. This tax strikes at the heart of this very basic American ideal. That's why the estate tax needs to be eliminated completely. I could not support a bill that codifies a duplicative tax that hinders American citizens' ability to pass on their earnings to their heirs. I encourage the House and Senate to scrap this plan and search for ways to permanently end this tax." (
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bobby Bright supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 58 percent in 2009. (
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Bright. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. "As he has traveled to all corners of the district, Congressman Bright has heard time and again that one of the most pressing issues on the minds of Second District residents is the state of our economy and preserving local jobs. We are experiencing tough economic times and Congressman Bright feels that it is a critical responsibility of Congress to make decisions that will positively impact a financial recovery. He believes that the best way to facilitate economic recovery is to create a pro-business, pro-growth environment where all interested citizens have access to an honest day's work. During the 111th Congress, Congressman Bright has been recognized as a leader and well-respected champion of sound, pro-business positions. Congressman Bright is endorsed by the United States Chamber of Commerce and earned its prestigious Spirit of Enterprise award with the highest score among Democrats in Congress for his commitment to supporting American industry. In particular, Congressman Bright believes that an indicator of economic strength is the success of our small businesses, both at home in Alabama and across the nation and that we must do everything possible to support their health and expansion. Small businesses are responsible for providing between 70 and 80 percent of jobs and the reach of their impact in communities is even broader. As a member of the Small Business Committee, Congressman Bright has regular opportunities to fight for the policies that allow local businesses to grow and expand. The first bill he sponsored in the first session of 111th Congress provided a tax cut for small businesses seeking to expand by allowing deductions for capital expenses. Again in the second session, Congressman Bright proposed this idea and both times, his tax breaks were included in legislative packages that passed both the House and Senate and were signed into law. [...] Whether it is protecting the livelihoods of peanut producers, shellers and manufacturers or fighting for any other job in the Second District of Alabama, Congressman Bright is committed that our workers deserve every opportunity for employment and success." (
  • Bobby Bright. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bobby Bright voted NO on 13 February 2009. (
  • Bobby Bright. Congressman Bobby Bright's Statement H.R. 384, TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program). 15 January 2009. "Yesterday, I voted against the TARP Reform and Accountability Act. While I applaud the efforts to make TARP funds more transparent and accountable and I am glad this bill focused on Main Street and not just Wall Street, I could not support its final passage because it endorsed the use of taxpayer money to pay for bad business practices and paved the way for more automobile manufacturer bailouts. I continue to disagree with the principle behind bailouts because they reward mismanagement at the expense of the American taxpayer. That's why I voted today in favor of the resolution disapproving the release $350 billion in additional money for the bailout. There's no doubt we're in tough economic times, and Congress should focus on creating jobs and protecting the ones we have. This legislation does not do enough to help hard-working Americans and address fundamental problems that plague our financial markets." (
  • Bobby Bright. Congressman Bright's Statement On The Passage Of H.R. 1, The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act. 26 February 2009. "There is no doubt that we are in tough economic times and the American people are expecting action from Congress. They also expect us to make smart, sound, and deliberate decisions which reflect the tremendous responsibility that Americans have placed in lawmakers' hands. With this in mind, I could not vote for final passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This bill has been rushed through Congress with little debate or opportunity to offer meaningful changes and as a result, the response from my constituents has been overwhelmingly in opposition to this bill. They have little faith that a nearly $800 billion bill will be worth its tremendous price tag. I share their concerns, and I have not been convinced that this is the right - and necessary - action to take for the future of America." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Bright. Weekly Column 8-16-2010. 16 August 2010. "This past weekend marked the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act. Over the last 75 years, Social Security has provided our seniors with peace of mind about their retirements. In fact, approximately 60% of seniors rely on Social Security for more than half of their income. Social Security is a great success story and is the ultimate trust between generations: today's workers pay into the system to help provide for current retirees with the understanding that future generations will be there for them when they reach retirement age. [...] To address these concerns, I recently co-sponsored the Seniors Protection Act of 2010. This legislation will provide seniors a one-time, $250 COLA if the formula shows no inflation once again. If considered, The Seniors Protection Act would be pay-as-you-go compliant through spending offsets. [...] These are smart and sensible proposals, and I am pleased we are addressing this issue early. As Social Security begins its 76th year, this is a more than appropriate way to honor its legacy and provide our seniors assistance in economic hard times." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Bright. Issue Position: Education. "There is nothing more fundamental to the success of our communities, state, and nation than a solid education for our children. Like many Americans, Bobby believes deeply in our students' promise and our teachers' inspiration. A product of Alabama schools from his elementary school days in Echo to law school in Montgomery, Congressman Bright knows that you don't have to travel far to receive a quality education. The first to earn a college degree in his family, he understands that a sound education can open minds and doors for our children. As your representative in Washington, Congressman Bright is committed first and foremost to Alabama's teachers, students, and families and he will always prioritize our voice in the national education debate. Specifically, Congressman Bright feels strongly that every student in Alabama deserves a first rate education and hardworking teachers must be given the classroom resources to support their achievements. He knows that a successful system must empower the front lines in education- parents, educators, and administrators -- and will always advocate for policies that put power in their hands rather than with bureaucrats in Washington. During his first term in Congress, Congressman Bright has proudly supported fiscally responsible legislation that strengthened funding for local schools and colleges, while at the same time, returning funds to pay down our national deficit. As the parent of college students, Bobby understands that many families are concerned about paying for the rising cost of tuition. In response, he has supported increased aid for students in need, streamlined lending practices for student loans, and prioritized funding for technical and community college programs which are seeing increased enrollment in these tough economic times. Additionally, Congressman Bright has visited students and teachers throughout his district which have given him the opportunity to gain a first hand perspective of the challenges our schools face. As your representative, he has sought to help address the problems that are brought to his attention. In direct response to needs expressed by constituents and community leaders, Congressman Bright has successfully included amendments in two bills to make schools affected by national disasters eligible for federal funds as they rebuild. Finally, the Congressman believes in the bright future of Alabama's schools and has been fortunate to join in congratulating two truly exceptional schools, in Montgomery and Covington Counties, that are leaders in our district and deserving winners of the national Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence award." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Bright. Congressman Bright's Statement on the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act of 2009 . 6 July 2009. "Tonight I voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, better known as Cap and Trade. There are many reasons I oppose this bill, but in short I cannot vote for any legislation that puts an additional economic burden on my constituents, especially during a recession. This bill will raise energy costs for consumers, small businesses, and farmers with no guarantee that it will achieve its goal of reducing the impact of global climate change. Frankly, it's a gamble I'm not willing to take at this time." (
  • Bobby Bright. Issue Position: Energy and Environment. "As a sportsman and conservationist, Bobby knows that America is blessed with tremendous natural beauty. Residents of southeast Alabama are fortunate to have bountiful rivers, lakes, and forests that provide a habitat to countless varieties of wildlife. Our environment supports some of the best hunting and fishing in the nation and provides our children and families with an opportunity to enjoy the unspoiled splendor of this country. As a legislator, Congressman Bright knows that we must be thoughtful stewards of the land, committed to preserving this legacy for the next generation while balancing the real need to grow our economy, transport goods and services, and support our families. As our nation looks to the future, Congressman Bright is committed to finding a lasting solution to the energy crisis that will allow us to effectively manage our resources and grow our economy. Undoubtedly, we must commit to finding new sources of energy that will power our nation and add high paying jobs to the workforce. Whether developing renewable power from wind, solar, and biomass, increasing clean nuclear energy production or producing more domestic oil and gas- America's residential, industrial and transportation needs depend on homegrown innovation. However, we must be mindful of the local impacts of overhauling the American energy sector as we know it. Congressman Bright will always think first of the impact of any energy and environmental legislation on southeast Alabama families. During the first session of the 111th Congress, Congressman Bright vocally opposed the House Democratic leadership's "cap and trade' energy bill. He argued that the legislation was far too sweeping and came at a time where Alabama families are concerned about the cost of electricity, heating and fuel. Congressman Bright recognized these mandates were not the way to meet our needs and strongly believed this legislation could be improved with bipartisan collaboration. He voted against the bill and stresses that we must prioritize energy policies which incentivize innovation so the private sector can lead the way. Bobby also believes we must create policies that bring the nation together, rather than create regional discord. His focus in Congress will continue to be on maintaining affordable energy for the average American family. As we move forward, Congressman Bright is committed to creating more domestic energy and supports increased drilling within American borders, recycling of farm or cooking byproducts for fuel, renewed focus on the use of natural gas, improved solar and wind production and a reemphasis on the importance of nuclear power." (
  • Bobby Bright. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bobby Bright voted NO on 26 June 2009. (
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bobby Bright supported the interests of Environment America 33 percent in 2009. (
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Bright. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. "As a young boy growing up in the Wiregrass, Bobby has many fond memories of hunting and fishing with his brothers and father. Like so many families in southeast Alabama teach their children, he learned at an early age to use a gun responsibly and be a respectful sportsman. Since then, Bobby has passed these values along to his children and worked to preserve this tradition for future generations. As legislator in Washington, Congressman Bright has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association and a nationally recognized advocate for an individual's right to own and carry a firearm. Also a member of NRA himself, Bobby firmly believes in the Second Amendment and understands that firearm ownership is a way of life in Alabama. Just as he did as Mayor of Montgomery, Congressman Bright will always support the hardworking men and women in law enforcement and work to decrease crime, enforce current laws, and keep families safe while preserving the rights of individuals to bear arms as outlined by the Constitution. Congressman Bright has pledged to oppose any new laws restricting the rights of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms, including H.R. 45, the Blair-Holt Firearms Licensing Act. In the 111th Congress, he supported legislation that allowed gun owners to keep their firearms on federal lands. He also joined many of his colleagues in sending a letter to the Obama Administration opposing any efforts to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban. As long as he is in Congress, Congressman Bright will stand firmly against any efforts to restrict Second Amendment rights." (
  • Bobby Bright. Issue Position: I am Pro-Gun Rights. "I believe the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees law-abiding individuals the right to keep and bear arms." (
  • Bobby Bright. Bright Praises U.S. Supreme Court Gun Decision. 26 June 2008. "The Second Amendment guarantees our right to bear arms and today, in a decision that was crucially important to the people of Alabama and all Americans, the Supreme Court affirmed that right," Bright said in a press release. "I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and in Congress I will make sure the rights of gun owners everywhere are protected." (
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Bright. Issue Position: Health Care. "Making quality healthcare affordable to every American is no simple task. I do not believe we need to risk the stability and quality of our health care system by implementing a potentially overreaching government-based program." (
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bobby Bright supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 11 percent in 2009. (
  • Bobby Bright. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bobby Bright voted NO on 7 November 2009. (
  • Bobby Bright. Issue Position: Health Care. "Congressman Bright believes that finding the right solution to health care in America is a critical part of stabilizing our nation's finances. The rapid rise of health care costs has had a profound impact on our small businesses, which are the engines of the American economy. Too many small businesses across the country have been forced to make the devastating decision whether to reduce health benefits or cut their workforce. At the same time, many employees often have to go without preventative care because their share of the cost is still too great. As a strong advocate for small businesses and their employees, which create 60-80% of all jobs across the country, Congressman Bright was dissatisfied with the final provisions that did little to address these concerns but rather included burdensome employer mandates and penalties at a time when our economy is slowly recovering. In order to increase choice and competition, Congressman Bright believes that families and individuals should be able to purchase health insurance across state lines. This would allow for additional competition, especially in markets that do not have as many choices as other regions of the country. Interstate competition has made our country one of the world's most efficient, consumer driven markets, and Congressman Bright thinks we should apply this concept to health insurance. He also understands that any health insurance legislation should include provisions allowing individuals and families to be able to keep their coverage if they moves to another state. Portability of health insurance is one more way Congress could have moved toward real and effective reform." (
No Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Bright. Congressman Bright's Statement on Mexican President Calderon's Address to Congress. "The law passed in Arizona is a product of the federal government's failure to address illegal immigration and our broken borders. I am strongly opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants, and any reform effort must start with an enforcement-first approach from the federal government to secure our borders. That's why I am an original co-sponsor of the SAVE Act, which will provide for additional border guards, improved technology and equipment, and expand the use of E-verify so employers can more easily check their employees' immigration status." (
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bobby Bright supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 0 percent in 2007-2010. (
  • Bobby Bright. Issue Position: Immigration. Congressman Bright believes that immigration reform is a multi-step process, which includes strict enforcement of current law on both the local and national levels, investment of resources toward securing our borders, advanced employment verification technology, and a firm belief that those who seek to live and work in America must do so through legal channels and make a financial investment in our nation. Further, Congressman Bright feels strongly that as our nation assesses the viability of local, state and federal services, citizenship is a part of the fundamental criteria that must be met to receive any benefits. Bobby recognizes that Illegal immigrants are never entitled to federal benefits and will always support measures to ensure this never happens. While the federal government is primarily responsible for enforcing immigration laws, Bobby supports Arizona's efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, especially since appropriate safeguards were put in place to prevent racial profiling. However, Arizona should not have to wage this battle alone; local governments, states, and the federal government should work together to enforce our immigration laws. [...] Bobby believes that it is a privilege to be a part of the greatest nation in the world and that anyone seeking to be a United States citizen must play by the rules and work to earn this distinction. He will never reward those who break the rules and supports a "no amnesty" approach when dealing with illegal immigrants currently living within our borders.During the 111th Congress, Congressman Bright was a leader in staking out aggressive, conservative principles for immigration reform. Along with Congressman Heath Shuler from North Carolina, other Blue Dog Democrats and House Republicans, he was an original co-sponsor of Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act. The SAVE Act, a bi-partisan solution to solving immigration reform, contains numerous provisions to combat illegal immigration including: expansion of e-verify, additional border patrol agents, and increased technological and strategic coordination between local, state, and federal agencies to address illegal immigration. Congressman Bright will continue to apply his conservative values to support solutions that will secure our border, verify that employees are legal, and make sure that illegal immigrants in this country aren't given a free pass. (
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Bright. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bobby Bright voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bobby Bright supported the interests of Peace Action West 0 percent in 2009. (
  • Bobby Bright. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bobby Bright voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (
  • Bobby Bright. Give Our Troops The Best Possible Chance For Success. 25 February 2009. "As we were in the Middle East, the President announced that an additional 17,000 troops would be sent to Afghanistan. Based on my observations in Afghanistan, a strengthened American presence is badly needed, along with a strong coalition. However, there should be a clear sense of mission with measurable goals in order to give our troops the best possible chance for success." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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


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