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Dana Rohrabacher's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 48, Republican
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Dana Rohrabacher 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 (
  • Endorsed by the California Pro-Life Council (
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee (
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

  • "The idea that increased deficit spending can cure recessions has been tested, and it has failed, which is why I voted against the stimulus package." (
  • Signed a pledge stating "[…] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses […]" (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The House of Representatives Wednesday voted 242-186 to approve a provision authored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, and Sam Farr, D-CA, that protects medical marijuana patients and providers from federal prosecution. The amendment to the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill prohibits the federal government from using any funds to arrest or prosecute medical marijuana patients or providers that are in a compliance with their state's laws." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Democrats' economic policies of spending more, borrowing more, taxing more, and running up the deficit at a record pace over the past year are obvious failures, and I hope that the President and his Democrat allies in Congress will change course and begin to work in a bipartisan and responsible way to promote job creation and economic growth." (
  • "All of these bailouts, stimuluses, and giveaways have done nothing but put our country in further jeopardy." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Extending these crucial tax cuts allows Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money and use it as they see fit rather than dumping into government coffers, many of which are plagued by waste, fraud and abuse." (
  • "He still believes in low taxes and more take-home pay." (
  • "I still believe in low taxes and more take-home pay." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe the most effective way to help our local schools is to get the federal bureaucracy out of education altogether […]" (
  • "He still fights for local control of our schools and less bureaucracy and works to open more opportunity for our young people through fewer federal regulations and restrictions on our lives." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." (
  • "He pledged himself to an 'all of the above' policy to make America energy independent but just a few days ago nixed the Keystone Pipeline, one of the country's most important energy projects." (
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

  • "Finally, the administration is responding to pressure from those of us in Congress who have been pushing for expedited approvals of solar energy projects at a time when the need for renewable energy is so important […]" (
  • "The common sense approach of developing clean and renewable sources of energy that will lessen our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs in our ailing economy, and protect our environment, has, unfortunately, limped along at painfully slow speed for far too long […]" (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He will oppose efforts to saddle the American people with $650 billion per year energy costs as part of a so-called 'Cap and Trade' Program." (
  • "Congress passed a massively expensive and economically destructive cap-and-trade bill […] In essence, our economy has been and is now being starved of traditional energy development. Even the much acclaimed solar energy alternative has been strangled in its cradle." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt 1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (
  • "Background checks have value but care needs to be taken that they do not violate the rights of law abiding citizens." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We kept faith with the American people by keeping our promise to repeal ObamaCare […]" (
  • "Co-sponsorship of H.R. 2682 is consistent with my steadfast opposition to Obamacare, starting with my vote against its enactment, and continuing with my votes after Obamacare's enactment for almost 40 different measures to repeal all or part of it." (
  • "It's now time for the American people to speak out and reject the job killing, massive tax increasing, government takeover of health care that is ObamaCare by electing a President and representatives willing to fully repeal and replace this monstrosity." (
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

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.136 "Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order" (
  • "Amnesty has been tested, and it has proven to be a failed policy. […] If we give amnesty and we legalize the status of those who are here illegally, we could be tripling the number of people." (
  • "During his tenure in office, Rep. Rohrabacher has voted for or supported legislation that: […] Reaffirms that illegal aliens are not eligible for Social Security Representative Rohrabacher has opposed any form of amnesty." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Representative Rohrabacher is solidly behind America's armed forces, and America's efforts to defeat radical Islam, tyranny, and the sponsors of terrorism." (
  • "No, I’m sorry, but our number one enemy is not Assad. It is ISIS […] Forget Assad for now. Target the terrorists who are training their killing machine on us." (
  • "While Rohrabacher supports American backing of Kurds and other opponents of radical Islam, he opposes inserting U.S. combat units into this conflict. He also has made it clear he expects the president to mobilize financial as well as military support from our allies inside and outside the region. The congressman favors air strikes." (
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Rated 9% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • "Dana has consistently voted to end both the Social Security Earnings Limitation and the Death Tax, which unfairly impact our seniors. He has insisted that any Social Security or Medicare reform not bankrupt the system and that it totally protects current recipients." (


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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