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Rod Blum's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IA) - District 1, Republican
Rod Blum has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of HR 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/58622#.WgOG22e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Campaign for Working Families https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/58622#.WgOG22e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Campaign for Working Families https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (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

  • "I support the following as measures to restore a vibrant economy: Reduce taxes on business and individuals. We need a simpler tax code." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/851112/issue-position-economy/?search=tax%20cuts#.WtdsHWdyIfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 78% by National Taxpayers union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I support the following as measures to restore a vibrant economy: Reduce taxes on business and individuals. We need a simpler tax code." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/851112/issue-position-economy/?search=tax%20cuts#.WtdsHWdyIfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "We must defund ObamaCare and make permanent the Bush tax cuts." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/851112/issue-position-economy/?search=tax%20cuts#.WtdsHWdyIfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 78% by National Taxpayers union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must defund ObamaCare and make permanent the Bush tax cuts." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/851112/issue-position-economy/?search=tax%20cuts#.WtdsHWdyIfJ (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 11% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 11% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I hosted constituents from area Cedar Rapids community groups this morning, for a federal budget balancing simulation at @EconomicAllianc with the help of the @ConcordC. Everyone agreed spending is out of control! #BalanceBudgetAmendment" https://twitter.com/RepRodBlum/status/992086939640606723 (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "The recent passed tax cuts will DECREASE our deficit IF career politicians can control their spending appetite. As you can see federal receipts - following tax cuts of Presidents Kennedy & Reagan - increased and they will again. #IA01" https://twitter.com/RepRodBlum/status/953356460901195781 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "Happy to fight for middle class tax cuts!" https://twitter.com/RepRodBlum/status/923578780270170113 (twitter.com)
  • "Happy to fight for middle class tax cuts!" https://twitter.com/RepRodBlum/status/923578780270170113 (twitter.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "American families need to be free to educate their children as they see fit. It's important that the control and oversight of educating our nation's youth be returned as close to home as possible and we remove as much power as possible from Washington -- which is why I voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act that replaced No Child Left Behind and gave authority and flexibility back to the states, local communities, and families." http://www.rodblum.com/education (www.rodblum.com)
  • "American families need to be free to educate their children as they see fit. It's important that the control and oversight of educating our nation's youth be returned as close to home as possible and we remove as much power as possible from Washington -- which is why I voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act that replaced No Child Left Behind and gave authority and flexibility back to the states, local communities, and families." http://www.rodblum.com/education (www.rodblum.com)
  • "Every student's needs are unique--and a one-size-fits all education model is not beneficial to our children." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1074744/in-honor-of-national-school-choice-week/?search=education#.Wtdz5GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Every student's needs are unique--and a one-size-fits all education model is not beneficial to our children." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1074744/in-honor-of-national-school-choice-week/?search=education#.Wtdz5GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 3% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Fully utilize American energy resources - both renewable AND traditional sources." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/888857/issue-position-unchain-american-business/?search=renewable#.Wtd3uGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "And instead of sending billions in taxpayer dollars overseas we should invest that money here to develop an "all of the above" American energy policy that includes renewables like biofuels and wind." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1176401/congressman-blums-statement-on-paris-agreement/?search=renewable#.WtdyhGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Fully utilize American energy resources - both renewable AND traditional sources." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/888857/issue-position-unchain-american-business/?search=renewable#.Wtd3uGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "And instead of sending billions in taxpayer dollars overseas we should invest that money here to develop an "all of the above" American energy policy that includes renewables like biofuels and wind." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1176401/congressman-blums-statement-on-paris-agreement/?search=renewable#.WtdyhGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 3% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is good news for our country's economy, workers, and taxpayers." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1176401/congressman-blums-statement-on-paris-agreement/?search=renewable#.WtdyhGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress must take a stand and protect Americans like them who are simply trying to provide for their families from hyperactive federal agencies like the EPA. Everyone wants clean water, but these burdensome regulations clearly cross the line of common sense and must be stopped." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958605/rep-blum-leads-effort-to-block-harmful-epa-regulations#.VYRqt3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 3% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • "President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is good news for our country's economy, workers, and taxpayers." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1176401/congressman-blums-statement-on-paris-agreement/?search=renewable#.WtdyhGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress must take a stand and protect Americans like them who are simply trying to provide for their families from hyperactive federal agencies like the EPA. Everyone wants clean water, but these burdensome regulations clearly cross the line of common sense and must be stopped." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958605/rep-blum-leads-effort-to-block-harmful-epa-regulations#.VYRqt3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 3% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "A a longtime member of the NRA I have tremendous respect for the hard work they put in every day to defend the rights of gun owners across America, and I look forward to standing alongside them in Congress to protect the Second Amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/925880/national-rifle-association-endorses-blum-in-1st-district#.VYRrKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.VXicgHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "A a longtime member of the NRA I have tremendous respect for the hard work they put in every day to defend the rights of gun owners across America, and I look forward to standing alongside them in Congress to protect the Second Amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/925880/national-rifle-association-endorses-blum-in-1st-district#.VYRrKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.VXicgHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must defund ObamaCare and make permanent the Bush tax cuts." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/851112/issue-position-economy/?search=tax%20cuts#.WtdsHWdyIfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "After years of higher costs, fewer choices and broken promises under Obamacare, it's time to enact a better system that actually works for Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1176397/congressman-blums-statement-on-ahca-vote/?search=obamacare#.Wtdx8mdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must defund ObamaCare and make permanent the Bush tax cuts." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/851112/issue-position-economy/?search=tax%20cuts#.WtdsHWdyIfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "After years of higher costs, fewer choices and broken promises under Obamacare, it's time to enact a better system that actually works for Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1176397/congressman-blums-statement-on-ahca-vote/?search=obamacare#.Wtdx8mdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 85% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 85% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum#.Wtdp8GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "However, by and large, this bill fails to deliver on the promises we made to the American people. This bill will not secure our southern border, continues funding Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, and infringes upon the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans to name but a few problems in the bill." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1236978/rep-blums-statement-on-rushed-13-trillion-spending-bill/?search=stimulus#.Wtdwx2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "However, by and large, this bill fails to deliver on the promises we made to the American people. This bill will not secure our southern border, continues funding Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, and infringes upon the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans to name but a few problems in the bill." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1236978/rep-blums-statement-on-rushed-13-trillion-spending-bill/?search=stimulus#.Wtdwx2dyIfI (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

  • Rated 85% by the Federation for Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum/40#.WgOGkWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 85% by the Federation for Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135714/rod-blum/40#.WgOGkWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "However, by and large, this bill fails to deliver on the promises we made to the American people. This bill will not secure our southern border, continues funding Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, and infringes upon the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans to name but a few problems in the bill." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1236978/rep-blums-statement-on-rushed-13-trillion-spending-bill/?search=stimulus#.Wtdwx2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "However, by and large, this bill fails to deliver on the promises we made to the American people. This bill will not secure our southern border, continues funding Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, and infringes upon the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans to name but a few problems in the bill." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1236978/rep-blums-statement-on-rushed-13-trillion-spending-bill/?search=stimulus#.Wtdwx2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "We ask that any forthcoming appropriations or funding bill include the following language: None of the funds made available by this act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the states of […] to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana on non-Federal lands within their respective jurisdictions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1217725/letter-to-the-hon-paul-ryan-speaker-of-the-house-the-hon-nancy-pelosi-minority-leader-of-the-house-rodney-frelinghuysen-chairman-of-the-committee-on-appropriations-and-nita-lowey-ranking-member-on-the-committee-on-appropriations-push-for-marijuana-fix/?search=marijuana#.Wtd0hGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We ask that any forthcoming appropriations or funding bill include the following language: None of the funds made available by this act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the states of […] to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana on non-Federal lands within their respective jurisdictions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1217725/letter-to-the-hon-paul-ryan-speaker-of-the-house-the-hon-nancy-pelosi-minority-leader-of-the-house-rodney-frelinghuysen-chairman-of-the-committee-on-appropriations-and-nita-lowey-ranking-member-on-the-committee-on-appropriations-push-for-marijuana-fix/?search=marijuana#.Wtd0hGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? 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 National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? 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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