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Steve Chabot's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 1, Republican
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Steve Chabot has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

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Ohio Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test


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Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I am, and always will be, pro-life. I authored the federal ban on the horrific practice of partial-birth abortion, which was upheld by the Supreme Court and is now the law of the land.

NoIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

The federal government needs to live within its means, which will require significant spending reductions. We need to start by eliminating waste in the budget, and getting rid of duplicative programs. Then, we need to get our economy moving again, by adopting a fairer, simpler, flatter tax code. In the 1990s, we cut both spending and taxes, and balanced the budget. Lower taxes led to expansive economic growth. Higher economic growth led to higher tax revenue, and ultimately a balanced budget and even a surplus. Unfortunately, that surplus was squandered through spending increases.

NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that it views campaign contributions as speech, protected under the First Amendment. Therefore, we cannot simply pass legislation to regulate campaign contributions from corporations and unions. That type of legislation is what led directly to the Citizens United decision, and the situation we now face. If we want to regulate these contributions at this point, it will take a constitutional amendment, and I just don't see that happening.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles

I don't support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders, except where repeat offenses or trafficking charges are involved.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

While the government does not (or at least should not) create jobs, we shouldn't be hindering those businesses that do. Instead, we need to create an environment in which employers, and particularly small businesses (which create 7 out of 10 new jobs), can grow and thrive. That effort starts with easing the regulatory burdens on American small businesses, and reducing the massive tax burden our employers face. Currently, the corporate tax rate in America is the highest among industrialized nations. That makes it more expensive to do business here, and it makes our products less competitive overseas.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles

No, I don't believe the federal government should make education decisions. As a former teacher and a parent, I believe that decisions about how to educate our children are best left to parents, teachers and local school boards.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles

I support an all-of-the-above energy policy, including oil, natural gas, clean coal technology, as well as renewable sources like wind, solar and thermal. While I do not believe that the federal government should be directly subsidizing any sector of the energy industry, I do support tax incentives for the development of renewable sources of energy.

Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoInferred Answer Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations
  • Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a “cap and trade” system? "No" (
  • 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" (
  • “[…] I opposed both Cap and Trade and the big-spending government takeover of healthcare known as Obamacare.” (
  • Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? "No" (
Other or expanded principles

As a father and grandfather, I think it is our responsibility to take all appropriate steps to ensure clean air, clean water and a healthy environment for future generations. However, I'm not convinced that the science is settled with respect to the underlying causes of climate change, and therefore I believe we need to carefully consider the costs as well as the benefits associated with any proposed solutions to the problem. We should not issue incredibly expensive and burdensome regulations, without knowing to what extent they will actually improve the situation.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and I am not convinced that gun control measures actually do anything to prevent gun crimes. Gun crimes, by their very definition, are perpetrated by criminals. And criminals aren't going to let a background check or a waiting period stop them from obtaining a gun. In fact, study after study has found that most criminals get their guns through illegal means. With that in mind, the only people adversely impacted by gun control measures are law-abiding citizens.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

I think Obamacare has been a disaster. It should be repealed and replaced with market-based reforms that help more Americans obtain quality, affordable health care. We can start by allowing small businesses to join together and negotiate better insurance rates through association health plans. We could also drive rates down through increased competition by allowing insurance companies to sell their products across state lines. To help American families pay for better insurance, we should allow individuals to deduct health care costs from their taxes, just like employers do.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

We are a nation of immigrants, but there is a significant difference between legal and illegal immigration. There are millions of people outside of our country following the rules and waiting for their opportunity to come here legally. It is fundamentally unfair to allow those here illegally to jump in front of those who have been trying to obey our laws and do it the right way.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

I think marriage is between one man and one woman, and so I did not agree with the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell. However, now that the decision has been delivered, I don't think there is much we can do about it. Overturning the decision would require a constitutional amendment, and I don't believe that the support is there in Congress to do that.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I do not support a large ground force in the fight against ISIS. However, we need some U.S. forces on the ground to help coordinate missile strikes and to lead the ground forces, the bulk of which should be overwhelmingly Arab.

With respect to a hostile nation obtaining a nuclear weapon, I think that military force could be appropriate depending on the specific circumstances.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

The most important thing we need to do is make sure that Social Security is on sound footing for today's seniors as well as future generations. To achieve that goal, we first need to make certain that the funds collected for Social Security are only used for Social Security, and are not wasted on other government programs. Next, we need to guarantee that Social Security remains unchanged for current retirees and those close to retirement. Then, and only then, I support allowing younger workers to invest a portion of their payroll taxes in personal retirement accounts.

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Slightly Decreased) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statusf) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatej) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusk) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

I think we need to get the economy moving again by creating an economic environment in which small businesses and American families can thrive. To help businesses expand and create jobs, we need to reduce the regulatory burdens they face. To help small business owners and American families plan for the future, we need to scrap the existing, overly complex tax code, and replace it with a fairer, simpler, flatter tax. To make American businesses more competitive both at home and overseas, we need to reduce the corporate tax rate, which is now the highest in the industrialized world.

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