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Keith Rothfus' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 12, Republican
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Keith Rothfus 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 NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • “I am pro-life and believe that all human beings have an inalienable right to life from the moment of conception to natural death […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506485/issue-position-family-values/?search=abortion#.VakXHHV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • “I am pro-life and believe that all human beings have an inalienable right to life from the moment of conception to natural death […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506485/issue-position-family-values/?search=abortion#.VakXHHV3nfY (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

  • “They keep threatening them with additional burdens and costs, whether through new health care taxes, cap and trade taxes, or the expiration of the tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003. Instead of imposing additional burdens, I will work to simplify the system, making it less expensive and easier for businesses to hire people.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506482/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VakdvXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and President Obama are using this wild spending as justification for large tax increases. The problem with tax increases is that they add additional burdens on the economy, and end up making the problem worse.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506488/issue-position-taxing-and-spending#.VakcOXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “They keep threatening them with additional burdens and costs, whether through new health care taxes, cap and trade taxes, or the expiration of the tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003. Instead of imposing additional burdens, I will work to simplify the system, making it less expensive and easier for businesses to hire people.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506482/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VakdvXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and President Obama are using this wild spending as justification for large tax increases. The problem with tax increases is that they add additional burdens on the economy, and end up making the problem worse.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506488/issue-position-taxing-and-spending#.VakcOXV3nfY (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

  • “One glance at the image above, and you can see: spending is out of control. Multi-Trillion dollar deficits, bailouts and stimulus packages are placing an unsustainable burden on our economy and on our children and grandchildren. This is unconscionable, and I will take a hard line on spending.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506488/issue-position-taxing-and-spending#.VakfX3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “One glance at the image above, and you can see: spending is out of control. Multi-Trillion dollar deficits, bailouts and stimulus packages are placing an unsustainable burden on our economy and on our children and grandchildren. This is unconscionable, and I will take a hard line on spending.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506488/issue-position-taxing-and-spending#.VakfX3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “The liberals' plan is not working because government spending does not create real, sustainable jobs. While they've been wasting the money they allocated in the stimulus, the liberals in Congress and the Administration have sent every wrong message to the job creators in our economy.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506482/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VakdvXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “The liberals' plan is not working because government spending does not create real, sustainable jobs. While they've been wasting the money they allocated in the stimulus, the liberals in Congress and the Administration have sent every wrong message to the job creators in our economy.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506482/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VakdvXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I will fight to cut corporate tax rates and the capital gains tax rates, and to reduce regulation. These practical common sense solutions will not be implemented under the current Reid and Pelosi leadership, and supported by our Congressman.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506482/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VakdvXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of H.R.1105 “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353#.V3w1-nVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “I will fight to cut corporate tax rates and the capital gains tax rates, and to reduce regulation. These practical common sense solutions will not be implemented under the current Reid and Pelosi leadership, and supported by our Congressman.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506482/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VakdvXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of H.R.1105 “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353#.V3w1-nVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is long overdue, and the numbers prove it. […] The figures speak for themselves, it is time to build.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/972069/rothfus-votes-to-approve-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=Keystone#.VakrEXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “We must also take steps to expedite the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, increase safe and responsible exploration and development of energy sources on federal lands, and reform trade rules to make it easier to export natural gas to our allies around the world.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852901/issue-position-energy/?search=Keystone#.Vaks53V3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • "Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is long overdue, and the numbers prove it. […] The figures speak for themselves, it is time to build.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/972069/rothfus-votes-to-approve-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=Keystone#.VakrEXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “We must also take steps to expedite the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, increase safe and responsible exploration and development of energy sources on federal lands, and reform trade rules to make it easier to export natural gas to our allies around the world.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852901/issue-position-energy/?search=Keystone#.Vaks53V3nfY (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The regulations introduced yesterday by President Obama are only the latest salvo in his war on low-cost American energy. These new regulations will result in more shuttered coal mines, power plants, and more lost jobs. […] These new regulations will also raise energy prices and significantly impact moms and dads sitting around the kitchen table paying their monthly utility bills.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/794790/building-americas-energy-security/?search=solar#.VakvfnV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “In order to harness all of these energy sources, we need to reduce the unnecessary government regulation that is results in higher energy prices and lost jobs. We need to begin by streamlining the Environmental Protection Agency's permitting process and forcing federal agencies to take the full costs of their actions into account when adopting future regulations.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852901/issue-position-energy/?search=Keystone#.Vaks53V3nfY (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will carefully review and consider the task force's recommendations. It is critical that any legislation focuses on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals without restricting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/763891/rothfus-responds-to-presidents-gun-proposals/?search=guns#.Vaky23V3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “[…] the Supreme Court concluded that the Second Amendment does establish an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. I will pledge not to abridge that right, and I will do everything within my power to ensure that these rights are not abridged either through legislative or judicial means." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506486/#.VakybnV3nfY (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I am the first person running for Congress in the Fourth Congressional District to pledge to repeal any aspect of Obamacare that is passed, and I stand by that promise. I will work with the new Republican Majority in Congress to ensure that health care gets reformed, but in a way that makes sense. I will follow a simple philosophy that includes repealing the bad legislation, replacing this bill with solid, common sense improvements, and reforming the health care system.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506481/issue-position-healthcare/?search=obamacare#.Vak0DnV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “This budget eliminates all of the ObamaCare taxes and mandates that are costing small businesses tens of thousands of dollars, cutting into Americans' take-home pay, and driving up healthcare costs for the American consumer.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966285/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016/?search=obamacare#.Vak6j3V3nfY (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I will protect the family from threats to redefine it or to undercut its importance. I will vote to protect the institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506485/#.Vak-MXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/119466/keith-rothfus/76#.V3w3hHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? 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 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

  • “Congress should not enact any change to Social Security, including privatization or increasing the retirement age, that threatens the ability of our seniors to receive the benefits they have been promised." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/555461/#.Vak-tHV3nfY (votesmart.org)

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.

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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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