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Tom Rooney's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 17, Republican
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Tom Rooney 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 http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/107800/tom-rooney/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • "I hold a fundamental belief that innocent life should be valued and protected, especially the life of an unborn child […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1013014/rooney-votes-to-protect-life#.VlTu5mwViko (votesmart.org)
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

  • "It will take time, persistence, and prudence in action. To that end, Congressman Rooney is a vocal proponent of policies to help us get back on our feet, not through increased spending and debt, but incentivizing growth with fewer government intrusions and lower taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567182/issue-position-economy#.VbfqeORMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 82% by Club for Growth http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/107800/tom-rooney#.VbFYwnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Tom Rooney, pledge to the taxpayers of the 17th district of the state of Florida 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." http://www.atr.org/atr-releases-list-federal-pledge-signers-a7140 (www.atr.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As we look at criminal justice reform, I believe we must address the massive increase in the size, scope and complexity of the federal criminal code. […] By delegating so much authority in rule-making, we have given unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats the power to define criminal behavior and set penalties that include incarceration. In other words, we have let bureaucrats turn regulatory offenses, even minor ones, into federal crimes that carry prison sentences." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/997061/rooney-testifies-on-expansion-of-regulatory-crimes-unjust-incarceration (votesmart.org)
  • "Under the current law, the threshold amount to invoke penalties is not appropriate with the strength of the drug. Individuals who are trafficking and profiting off fentanyl need to be adequately prosecuted in the hopes of stopping the alarming rising rate of fatal overdoses. We need to update our laws to get this incredibly dangerous synthetic drug off of the streets." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1042346/bipartisan-stop-trafficking-in-fentanyl-act-introduced (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It will take time, persistence, and prudence in action. To that end, Congressman Rooney is a vocal proponent of policies to help us get back on our feet, not through increased spending and debt, but incentivizing growth with fewer government intrusions and lower taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567182/issue-position-economy#.Vbfrx-RMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "The air travel, highway and rural transit programs in this bill will help promote economic growth and job creation in Florida's heartland, while the savings we've produced keep our promise to balance the budget." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/988807/rooney-transportation-funding-bill-boosts-florida-infrastructure (votesmart.org)
  • "Federal spending is out of control. It's time Washington rolls up its sleeves and makes tough decisions on how we can stop increasing the debt and cut spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/482144/#.VbFZV3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It will take time, persistence, and prudence in action. To that end, Congressman Rooney is a vocal proponent of policies to help us get back on our feet, not through increased spending and debt, but incentivizing growth with fewer government intrusions and lower taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567182/issue-position-economy#.Vbfrx-RMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "By repealing the Death Tax, we can protect Florida's family farms and small businesses, allow them to continuing growing and creating good jobs, and begin making our broken tax code fairer and simpler." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/988671/rooney-death-tax-repeal-protects-florida-farms-small-businesses-jobs (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor H.R.37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50971#.Vabiy_lViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I cosponsored bills to prevent the Department of Education from coercing states into adopting Common Core, and to protect internet freedom in the wake of the so-called net neutrality ruling." https://rooney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/op-ed-first-100-days-keeping-my-promises-to-you (rooney.house.gov)
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#.Vabg1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797 (votesmart.org)
  • "Building the Keystone Pipeline was absolutely on the ballot last week, and the American people sent a clear message -- it's time to build […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/936674/rooney-american-people-have-spoken-its-time-to-build/?search=keystone%20xl#.VliOg2wViko (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

  • "Tom firmly believes, we have a responsibility to our children to take control of our energy future and work for real solutions. His plan calls for expanding our domestic production of oil and natural gas while developing new alternative sources of energy and promoting greater efficiencies in consumption." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/429853/issue-position-energy#.Vbfuk-RMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Rooney believes a comprehensive strategy to increase America's energy independence is critical to our national and economic security. He supports an 'all of the above' policy that incentivizes growth and development of both traditional and alternative energy sources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/854204/issue-position-energy-and-environment#.Vbfu2eRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/34389#.Vakp1vlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "A cap and trade system would set a limit, or a cap, on carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use. […] While it is laudable for Congress to address climate change, the current proposal being circulated amongst my Democratic colleagues in Congress would dramatically raise energy costs on consumers and producers, further stalling the economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/444587/cap-and-trade-wrong-policy-at-the-wrong-time#.VbfwIuRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/107800/tom-rooney/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "After the ATF proposed a ban on popular M855 sporting ammunition, I introduced legislation to protect our Second Amendment rights by blocking any new bans on legal ammunition. Facing overwhelming opposition, the Administration retracted its proposal." https://rooney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/op-ed-first-100-days-keeping-my-promises-to-you (rooney.house.gov)
  • "Rooney believes the 2nd Amendment is clear and that government should pass no law that restricts the right of any law-abiding citizen to purchase, own and legally use firearms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560436/issue-position-2nd-amendment#.Vlxru2wViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a matter of basic fairness, if the President is willing to give businesses a break from the high costs and bureaucratic nightmare of Obamacare, he should extend that same courtesy to the millions of hardworking Americans who won't be able to comply with this train wreck of a law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/807759/rooney-all-americans-need-a-break-from-obamacare#.Vbf2TORMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.45 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44099#.Vbf18ORMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
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

  • "I kept my promise and voted against legislation funding the President’s executive amnesty." https://rooney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/op-ed-first-100-days-keeping-my-promises-to-you (rooney.house.gov)
  • "In Congress, Rooney has been a vocal advocate for securing our porous borders and enforcing existing federal immigration laws. Congressman Rooney opposes amnesty in any form for illegal aliens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560434/issue-position-enforcing-our-immigration-laws#.Vbf2yuRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1096 "Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention with Defense of Marriage Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/39854#.Vbf4DeRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/107800/tom-rooney/76#.Vbf3mORMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "He pledged to support 'traditional marriage between one man and one woman' and oppose abortion." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/394186/hometown-news-republican-candidates-for-congress-lay-out-election-platforms#.VlxsbWwViko (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

  • "Last month, the President said that relying on Syrian rebels to support air strikes would be fantasy. So what has changed? If we are charged with the responsibility to keep our nation safe, and if we agree that ISIS is a threat to our national security, then we must destroy them. Period. We must be resolute by all means necessary to do so." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/928879/rooney-responds-to-obama-speech-on-isis#.Vbf44ORMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "As a veteran, he is passionate about winning the war on terror, keeping our troops safe, and maintaining the strongest most professional military in the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/429849/issue-position-national-defense#.Vbf4ceRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "We need a winning strategy to achieve our shared goal of destroying the Islamic State. We need to take the handcuffs off our military, and let them fight and win. We need a serious commitment of limited -- limited -- military might. Otherwise, ISIS will continue to grow, with its ultimate goal to attack and destroy our nation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1042398/the-charlotte-sun-we-need-a-winning-strategy-mr-president (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Congressman Rooney believes that Social Security and Medicare are critical programs for America's seniors. He is working to protect benefits for retirees while saving these important programs for future generations. Congressman Rooney has made clear that he will not support any changes to these programs that would affect current retirees or near-retirees (Americans aged 55 and older)." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/827365/issue-position-social-security-and-medicare#.Vbf5luRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Rooney will never vote to raise the retirement age, privatize Social Security, or reduce Social Security benefits to retirees and near retirees." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567196/#.Va-pinUViko (votesmart.org)

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Inferred Answer

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