Representative Rob Woodall's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 7, Republican
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Rob Woodall 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, Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "I am strongly pro-life […] being pro-life requires more than just being anti-abortion." http://robwoodall.com/pro-life/ (robwoodall.com)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/7271#.VXB7sXUVhHx (votesmart.org)

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  • "The wonderful thing about the FairTax is that it has never been a Washington idea – it’s an American idea – and when the American people are the driving force behind a movement, it’s impossible not to be optimistic about its fate." https://www.facebook.com/woodallforcongress?filter=1 (www.facebook.com)
  • "Under the FairTax, we all pay the same tax rate at the cash register for absolutely every new product that we buy. We all pay; we all pay on everything; and we all pay the same rate." http://robwoodall.com/the-fairtax-2/ (robwoodall.com)

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  • "Our Federal government is far too big and is involved in far too much. Over time, it has tried to be all things to all people and has tried to accomplish that goal through stacks of new laws and regulations." http://robwoodall.com/the-10th-amendment-and-shrinking-the-federal-government/ (robwoodall.com)
  • "I supported the Republican Study Committee proposal to shrink federal spending by more than $7 trillion from the President’s budget, but we couldn’t find enough votes in the House to pass it." http://robwoodall.com/federal-budget/ (robwoodall.com)

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  • "Today, the playing field is not level, and we have created many of these problems ourselves. Burdensome tax laws, ridiculous compliance codes, expensive mandates, and most of those originated in Washington and destroy jobs back home." http://robwoodall.com/jobs-and-the-economy/ (robwoodall.com)
  • "By eliminating all of the manipulative language in the current tax code and replacing it with a simple retail tax and the prebate, we all regain our freedom from the Federal government. Today, through tax credits, tax deductions, and tax hikes, the federal government tries to control the life of every American." http://robwoodall.com/the-fairtax-2/ (robwoodall.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)

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  • "I am a fierce advocate for more local control of education. The education of our children is far too important and far too expensive (it costs roughly $100,000 to put a child through school: kindergarten through grade 12) to entrust to bureaucrats in Washington, D.C." http://robwoodall.com/education/ (robwoodall.com)
  • "Our communities and our families know best what our kids need, and I will protect our right to make these important and formative decisions. Congress must repeal ineffective education policy that consolidates decision-making in Washington,DC, and must return authority to the states and power to the the parents to choose the education system-be it public school, a home school, or other option-that is right for their child." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/522352/issue-position-education#.VXXcrHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "The Keystone pipeline we voted on this week, Mr. Speaker, it is about employment opportunities. It is a job-creating program." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/950318/they-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VXB8dHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of "HR 3 - Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VXB8RnUVhHx (votesmart.org)

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  • "[…] the FY15 Energy and Water Appropriations Act -- which provides funding for the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Reclamation. Continuing our trend of spending fewer taxpayer dollars than we did last year and the year before, the total funding in this bill is $50.5 million below FY14, while still prioritizing our nation's important energy infrastructure, nuclear weapons programs, [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/898771/e-newsletter-washington-watch-71414#.VXB-rnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We have experimented with many competing forms of renewable energy in the past 30 years, spending billions of dollars on research and development to make ethanol, biomass, wind, and solar market competitive, readily available to consumers, and a comparable substitute to traditional energy. […] What we have learned is that the American people are content to use two main types of energy: nuclear and traditional fossil fuels." http://woodall.house.gov/issue/energy (woodall.house.gov)

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  • "Now, more than ever, we need to take a close look at burdensome government regulations that cost American businesses billions of dollars and continue to stall job growth. The TRAIN Act allows us to do just that by requiring a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the EPA's major rules and regulations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/641614/we-can-absolutely-protect-our-environment-while-growing-jobs#.VXB-M3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We are the Saudi Arabia of coal in America, the Saudi Arabia of coal. And the administration is trying to singlehandedly tie the hands of the energy industry not to exploit-- [...] I mean ``exploit'' in the utilize, in the harness, in the grow sense of the word--taking that off the table. That is not an environmental decision. That is a jobs decision[...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922821/make-our-energy-more-reliable-and-more-affordable#.VXB8z3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3409 "Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41688 (votesmart.org)

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  • "As the U.S. Representative for the Seventh District of Georgia, I will do my part to protect citizens’ basic rights to bear arms by supporting local law enforcement in their mission to stop gun violence and stop unconstitutional legislation from infringing upon the Second Amendment." http://woodall.house.gov/issue/second-amendment (woodall.house.gov)
  • "Our Founding Fathers had it right, and I am committed to protecting our Constitutional Second Amendment freedom from an overbearing Federal government." http://robwoodall.com/second-amendment/ (robwoodall.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of "HR 2 - Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VXB_yHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Our first order of business as a Republican-led House of Representatives was to repeal President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act." http://woodall.house.gov/issue/health (woodall.house.gov)

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  • "Unfortunately, President Obama's decision to cease the deportation of potentially millions of illegal immigrants and instead grant them legal work permits--while millions of legal U.S. residents remain unemployed and unable to find work--undermines both the rule of law and the economic opportunity that is America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/706062/#.VXB_fnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a strong supporter of legal immigration and will continue to be. But in addition to being a nation of immigrants, we are a nation of laws. Illegal immigration has no place in our great land." http://robwoodall.com/immigration/ (robwoodall.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)

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  • Gwinnett Daily Post "Georgia and 37 other states have chosen to define marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman, and the Court's decision today supports their right to do just that." http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2013/jun/26/congressmen-react-to-major-supreme-court-rulings/ (www.gwinnettdailypost.com)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/122251/rob-woodall/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "On Wednesday, March 9, 2011, Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA) signed on as a co-sponsor to H.Con. Res. 25, which is a bill calling on President Obama and his administration to respect and defend the law known as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/595901/#.VXCBbHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating, "Like you, we believe that the United States must confront and ultimately destroy the threat of ISIL, which has shown itself to be a barbaric terrorist group, destabilizing the region, killing thousands, and displacing millions more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983980/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-need-aumf-for-isisisil-war/?search=ISIS (votesmart.org)
  • "Some voices in Congress have long supported a dramatic decrease in our military spending as a means of moving the United States away from our role as a world superpower and into a lesser, more complementary role [...] I could not disagree more" http://woodall.house.gov/issue/defense (woodall.house.gov)

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  • Rated 0% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/interest-group/959/rating/7965#.VgBmvnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "That said, while preserving benefits for today's seniors, Congress must absolutely renegotiate the promises made to future generations like mine. I cannot expect to receive the same benefits that my parents and grandparents received. America simply can't afford it." http://woodall.house.gov/press-release/woodall-meets-gwinnett-seniors (woodall.house.gov)

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