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Bobby Rush's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 1, Democratic
On The Ballot: Won, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
Bobby Rush 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-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a woman's right to choose and make her own reproductive health decisions on January 22, 1973. The Court's decision to back women's constitutional right remains the correct choice as it leaves the power in the hands to which it belongs." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055586/rush-statement-on-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade#.WmeqeHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating, "Birth control is vital to both the nation's public health and women's health care in particular. It empowers women and their partners to decide when and how to start and grow a family." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1203023/letter-to-the-hon-steven-mnuchin-the-hon-alexander-acosta-and-the-hon-eric-hargan-reverse-birth-control-access-rollback#.WmequHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/9704#.WfseQme3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • "The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a woman's right to choose and make her own reproductive health decisions on January 22, 1973. The Court's decision to back women's constitutional right remains the correct choice as it leaves the power in the hands to which it belongs." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055586/rush-statement-on-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade#.WmeqeHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating, "Birth control is vital to both the nation's public health and women's health care in particular. It empowers women and their partners to decide when and how to start and grow a family." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1203023/letter-to-the-hon-steven-mnuchin-the-hon-alexander-acosta-and-the-hon-eric-hargan-reverse-birth-control-access-rollback#.WmequHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/9704#.WfseQme3wfl (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • "Today, with the passage of the GOP tax bill, Congressional Republicans sided with the wealthiest Americans and corporations. They intentionally left hardworking middle-class households footing the bill to enrich the wealthiest one percent." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214278/rush-statement-on-house-passage-of-republican-tax-bill#.WmerVXXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 19% by the National Tax Payer Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush#.WmevU3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The American people deserve better. I support a bipartisan solutions-based budgeting plan to reduce the deficit and strengthen the middle class, creating growth with jobs, cutting spending responsibly, increasing revenues for the wealthiest Americans, and reducing the deficit--but not on the backs of seniors and the middle class." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/774732/rush-votes-for-balanced-solutions-based-budget-rejecting-misplaced-priorities-of-the-republican-budget/?search=wealthy#.Va0xpXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, with the passage of the GOP tax bill, Congressional Republicans sided with the wealthiest Americans and corporations. They intentionally left hardworking middle-class households footing the bill to enrich the wealthiest one percent." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214278/rush-statement-on-house-passage-of-republican-tax-bill#.WmerVXXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 19% by the National Tax Payer Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush#.WmevU3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The American people deserve better. I support a bipartisan solutions-based budgeting plan to reduce the deficit and strengthen the middle class, creating growth with jobs, cutting spending responsibly, increasing revenues for the wealthiest Americans, and reducing the deficit--but not on the backs of seniors and the middle class." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/774732/rush-votes-for-balanced-solutions-based-budget-rejecting-misplaced-priorities-of-the-republican-budget/?search=wealthy#.Va0xpXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "As the Department ensures our nation's security, while adjusting to budgetary realities, it is imperative that we value and appreciate the remarkable work done by our civilian personnel. The best way we can do that is by ensuring that the Department is fully compliant with sourcing and workforce management laws." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/679643/letter-to-leon-e-panetta-secretary-of-defense/?search=budget#.WjADnGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Friends Committee on National Legislation https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/32#.WmetwXXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "As the Department ensures our nation's security, while adjusting to budgetary realities, it is imperative that we value and appreciate the remarkable work done by our civilian personnel. The best way we can do that is by ensuring that the Department is fully compliant with sourcing and workforce management laws." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/679643/letter-to-leon-e-panetta-secretary-of-defense/?search=budget#.WjADnGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "While our ongoing ability to defend ourselves and effectively project military power anywhere in the world is of unquestioned importance, we simultaneously must deal with the realities of constrained budgets and a growing national debt." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/824985/letter-to-secretary-of-defense-chuck-hagel-defense-spending/?search=budget#.WjADYWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Friends Committee on National Legislation https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/32#.WmetwXXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "While our ongoing ability to defend ourselves and effectively project military power anywhere in the world is of unquestioned importance, we simultaneously must deal with the realities of constrained budgets and a growing national debt." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/824985/letter-to-secretary-of-defense-chuck-hagel-defense-spending/?search=budget#.WjADYWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating, "Since 2010 when the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, our elections have been exploited by wealthy individuals, corporations, and other special interests through Super PACs and 501(c)4 groups that may spend limitless sums of money influencing voters […] Only a constitutional amendment that overturns these deeply flawed decisions will return constitutional legitimacy to campaign finance laws. Such an amendment must make clear that limits on contributions and expenditures, systems of public financing for elections, and the promotion of transparency do not disenfranchise the wealthy few but promote the political equality of all Americans in our democracy" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/875421/letter-to-patrick-leahy-chairman-of-the-senate-judiciary-committee-campaign-finance-decisions#.WmidyHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating, "Since 2010 when the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, our elections have been exploited by wealthy individuals, corporations, and other special interests through Super PACs and 501(c)4 groups that may spend limitless sums of money influencing voters […] Only a constitutional amendment that overturns these deeply flawed decisions will return constitutional legitimacy to campaign finance laws. Such an amendment must make clear that limits on contributions and expenditures, systems of public financing for elections, and the promotion of transparency do not disenfranchise the wealthy few but promote the political equality of all Americans in our democracy" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/875421/letter-to-patrick-leahy-chairman-of-the-senate-judiciary-committee-campaign-finance-decisions#.WmidyHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Madam Speaker, instead of going through regular order and the committee process and working on bipartisan legislation that would ultimately create hundreds of thousands of good-paying American jobs, such as building up our infrastructure, fixing our roads and bridges, and modernizing our energy grid, instead of looking at the interests, the real interests of the American people, and working to provide the American people much-needed jobs, my friends on the other side of the aisle have repeatedly spent valuable time, time that this Congress will never, ever see again, trying to grant a regulatory earmark to the TransCanada Corporation by short-circuiting the normal permitting process and forcing President Obama's hand." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/950492/keystone-xl-pipeline-approval-act/?search=energy#.VX7mU3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Madam Speaker, instead of going through regular order and the committee process and working on bipartisan legislation that would ultimately create hundreds of thousands of good-paying American jobs, such as building up our infrastructure, fixing our roads and bridges, and modernizing our energy grid, instead of looking at the interests, the real interests of the American people, and working to provide the American people much-needed jobs, my friends on the other side of the aisle have repeatedly spent valuable time, time that this Congress will never, ever see again, trying to grant a regulatory earmark to the TransCanada Corporation by short-circuiting the normal permitting process and forcing President Obama's hand." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/950492/keystone-xl-pipeline-approval-act/?search=energy#.VX7mU3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "This infrastructure package will put money into the hands of struggling states that need funding for the continuation of road maintenance, to deploy broadband in unserved areas, to promote sustainable infrastructure and to improve financial and environmental management of water systems. The LIFT America Act also will help address the need for more minority contractors and workers to receive opportunities for jobs and contracts across the state of Illinois." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160487/rush-sponsors-hr-2479-lift-america-act-to-invest-in-illinois-infrastructure#.Wmif6HXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This infrastructure package will put money into the hands of struggling states that need funding for the continuation of road maintenance, to deploy broadband in unserved areas, to promote sustainable infrastructure and to improve financial and environmental management of water systems. The LIFT America Act also will help address the need for more minority contractors and workers to receive opportunities for jobs and contracts across the state of Illinois." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160487/rush-sponsors-hr-2479-lift-america-act-to-invest-in-illinois-infrastructure#.Wmif6HXLAfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 19% by National Taxpayers Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush#.Wmihh3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 19% by National Taxpayers Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush#.Wmihh3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, with the passage of the GOP tax bill, Congressional Republicans sided with the wealthiest Americans and corporations. They intentionally left hardworking middle-class households footing the bill to enrich the wealthiest one percent." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214278/rush-statement-on-house-passage-of-republican-tax-bill#.WmihJ3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, with the passage of the GOP tax bill, Congressional Republicans sided with the wealthiest Americans and corporations. They intentionally left hardworking middle-class households footing the bill to enrich the wealthiest one percent." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214278/rush-statement-on-house-passage-of-republican-tax-bill#.WmihJ3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a product of the United States public school system, I understand that it is critical that we provide sufficient resources to these institutions so that every child has access to a high-quality education regardless of their zip code, their native language, or the wealth of their parents. " https://rush.house.gov/issues/education (rush.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1015/rating/8825#.Wfse3Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1015/rating/8825#.Wfse3Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Some of the policies that I strongly support include improved early reading skills and effective reading interventions for low-performing students, after-school and summer programs, rigorous college and career-ready curriculums for all students, and increased parent and community participation, especially in low-income schools" https://rush.house.gov/issues/education (rush.house.gov)
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

  • "Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (IL-01), Ed. Whitfield (KY-01), and Bill Johnson (OH-06) introduced groundbreaking legislation that will create a pathway to employment for minorities and other historically underrepresented communities in the energy sector. It's no secret that the field of energy offers Americans tremendous new opportunities, and is changing the playing field internationally -- positioning the U.S. as the world leader in advanced energy technologies, energy production, and clean and renewable energy breakthroughs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/868307/rush-whitfield-johnson-introduces-the-21st-century-energy-workforce-development-jobs-initiative-act-of-2014/?search=renewable#.VYsHY3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/29#.WmioqHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (IL-01), Ed. Whitfield (KY-01), and Bill Johnson (OH-06) introduced groundbreaking legislation that will create a pathway to employment for minorities and other historically underrepresented communities in the energy sector. It's no secret that the field of energy offers Americans tremendous new opportunities, and is changing the playing field internationally -- positioning the U.S. as the world leader in advanced energy technologies, energy production, and clean and renewable energy breakthroughs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/868307/rush-whitfield-johnson-introduces-the-21st-century-energy-workforce-development-jobs-initiative-act-of-2014/?search=renewable#.VYsHY3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/29#.WmioqHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama in his speech today laid out a framework for a secure energy future for America. The President intends to devise a plan that embraces an all-of-the-above energy policy that reduces the country's dependence on foreign energy sources, achieves energy savings that will benefit consumers, and allows for more renewable energy sources, as well as increased domestic production. By setting higher emissions standards for new and existing power plants and investing in clean energy development, the President's plan will maintain clean air and water while encouraging the growth of jobs in advanced manufacturing." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/796100/rush-commends-president-obamas-plan-of-action-to-address-climate-change/?search=renewable%20energy#.WmioKnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama in his speech today laid out a framework for a secure energy future for America. The President intends to devise a plan that embraces an all-of-the-above energy policy that reduces the country's dependence on foreign energy sources, achieves energy savings that will benefit consumers, and allows for more renewable energy sources, as well as increased domestic production. By setting higher emissions standards for new and existing power plants and investing in clean energy development, the President's plan will maintain clean air and water while encouraging the growth of jobs in advanced manufacturing." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/796100/rush-commends-president-obamas-plan-of-action-to-address-climate-change/?search=renewable%20energy#.WmioKnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 80% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/30#.WmipgXXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Paris Accord respects our global responsibility to make our planet habitable for future generations. This agreement will inspire future generations to care for our planet collectively and work cohesively with other nations. Cutting carbon pollution is of critical importance in bringing cleaner, more reliable energy to Americans and people around the world. This commitment to protecting our environment would not only cut pollution, but also save families money on their energy bills in the future." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1187214/rush-statement-on-president-trumps-decision-to-pull-out-of-the-paris-climate-accord#.Wmio4HXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We applaud and support your Climate Action Plan, the joint announcement with China establishing ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, and the national commitment to the Green Climate Fund. These actions are critical to protect Americans from the most dangerous effects of climate change." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966103/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-bicameral-task-force-on-climate-change/?search=carbon#.VYsLg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/30#.WmipgXXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Paris Accord respects our global responsibility to make our planet habitable for future generations. This agreement will inspire future generations to care for our planet collectively and work cohesively with other nations. Cutting carbon pollution is of critical importance in bringing cleaner, more reliable energy to Americans and people around the world. This commitment to protecting our environment would not only cut pollution, but also save families money on their energy bills in the future." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1187214/rush-statement-on-president-trumps-decision-to-pull-out-of-the-paris-climate-accord#.Wmio4HXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We applaud and support your Climate Action Plan, the joint announcement with China establishing ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, and the national commitment to the Green Climate Fund. These actions are critical to protect Americans from the most dangerous effects of climate change." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966103/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-bicameral-task-force-on-climate-change/?search=carbon#.VYsLg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We write to urge you to renew enforcement of the ban on imported military-style firearms -- including those that are fully manufactured abroad as well as those that are imported as parts -- which was previously enforced during the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862906/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-stop-import-of-military-style-firearms#.VYsNYHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2015 I re-introduced the 'Blair Holt Licensing and Firearms Record of Sale Act.' After the assassination on 9-year old Tyshawn Lee, I am adamant about reforming and reshaping the unfettered access to dangerous firearms being accessible to criminals. This bill provides for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1112198/issue-position-public-safety#.WmiqGnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/37#.WmiqVHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We write to urge you to renew enforcement of the ban on imported military-style firearms -- including those that are fully manufactured abroad as well as those that are imported as parts -- which was previously enforced during the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862906/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-stop-import-of-military-style-firearms#.VYsNYHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2015 I re-introduced the 'Blair Holt Licensing and Firearms Record of Sale Act.' After the assassination on 9-year old Tyshawn Lee, I am adamant about reforming and reshaping the unfettered access to dangerous firearms being accessible to criminals. This bill provides for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1112198/issue-position-public-safety#.WmiqGnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/37#.WmiqVHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Affordable Care Act is about securing affordable, quality and accessible health care as a right, not a privilege, for every American; yet it is also about wellness and prevention, economic security and entrepreneurship, the well-being of working families and the strength of the middle class. In short, this historic law is about a healthier America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833010/issue-position-affordable-care-act/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VYsPO3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today God and sane judgment prevailed. The attack on healthcare has been tabled. We will continue to protect our interests. #ProtectOurCare" https://twitter.com/RepBobbyRush/status/845398215994298368 (twitter.com)
  • "Thanks to the #ACA 850,000 people in Illinois have gained health coverage #ProtectOurCare" https://twitter.com/RepBobbyRush/status/816770805732347908 (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by American Public Health Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/38#.Wmiq23XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act is about securing affordable, quality and accessible health care as a right, not a privilege, for every American; yet it is also about wellness and prevention, economic security and entrepreneurship, the well-being of working families and the strength of the middle class. In short, this historic law is about a healthier America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833010/issue-position-affordable-care-act/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VYsPO3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Thanks to the #ACA 850,000 people in Illinois have gained health coverage #ProtectOurCare" https://twitter.com/RepBobbyRush/status/816770805732347908 (twitter.com)
  • "Today God and sane judgment prevailed. The attack on healthcare has been tabled. We will continue to protect our interests. #ProtectOurCare" https://twitter.com/RepBobbyRush/status/845398215994298368 (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by American Public Health Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/38#.Wmiq23XLAfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Trump repeatedly said that Mexico would pay for the wall. Then he tried to get American taxpayers to foot the bill directly. Since that did not work, he pushed for the U.S. military to fund his wall and now he is calling for the militarization of the southern border. At best, that would be a temporary fix and would fail to solve our most pressing immigration issues. It is past time for the President to work with Democrats on bipartisan immigration solutions, such as making a deal on DACA and securing our border instead of using our military servicemembers as political props."" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1235093/rush-statement-on-trump-calling-for-the-militarization-of-the-southern-border/?search=wall#.W3cfnGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Numbers USA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/40#.WmirtHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This group of Washington Republicans will do anything to advance their anti-immigrant agenda, even if that means separating children from their families as leverage to pay for a wall that Trump said Mexico would pay for." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1262361/rush-statement-on-house-republicans-radical-immigration-bills/?search=wall#.W3cfe2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Signed a letter stating "Every deportation of a father, a sister, or a neighbor tears at our social consciousness; every unnecessary raid and detention seriously threatens the fabric of civil liberties we swore to uphold. We are talking about American families and American communities. Criminalizing American families or giving local law enforcement the responsibility to choose who stays and who goes, is not the right option." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/842825/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-stop-deportations-now/?search=Dream#.VYsQinUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 'I call upon Congressional leadership to immediately begin work to protect these individuals and preserve DACA and I encourage my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to join me in working to save it." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196488/rush-statement-on-trump-administrations-decision-to-end-daca#.Wmir-3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Numbers USA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/40#.WmirtHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Every deportation of a father, a sister, or a neighbor tears at our social consciousness; every unnecessary raid and detention seriously threatens the fabric of civil liberties we swore to uphold. We are talking about American families and American communities. Criminalizing American families or giving local law enforcement the responsibility to choose who stays and who goes, is not the right option." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/842825/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-stop-deportations-now/?search=Dream#.VYsQinUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 'I call upon Congressional leadership to immediately begin work to protect these individuals and preserve DACA and I encourage my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to join me in working to save it." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196488/rush-statement-on-trump-administrations-decision-to-end-daca#.Wmir-3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Numbers USA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26831/bobby-rush/40#.WmirtHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "While the federal government is legitimately empowered to regulate interstate commerce, the measures adopted by states such as California, Oregon and Colorado are aimed solely at intrastate commerce, and as such should not be interfered with. Indeed, this is exactly the mechanism Louis Brandeis referred to when he wrote of the states as laboratories for innovation and experimentation." 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#.W3cf1GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred 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

  • Signed a letter stating: "Military action against North Korea was considered by the Obama, Bush and Clinton Administrations, but all ultimately determined there was no military option that would not run the unacceptable risk of a counter-reaction […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1168883/letter-to-donald-trump-president-of-the-united-states-congressional-authorization-for-use-of-military-force/?search=north%20korea#.WicIiGe3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Military action against North Korea was considered by the Obama, Bush and Clinton Administrations, but all ultimately determined there was no military option that would not run the unacceptable risk of a counter-reaction […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1168883/letter-to-donald-trump-president-of-the-united-states-congressional-authorization-for-use-of-military-force/?search=north%20korea#.WicIiGe3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "There are no good military options for North Korea. Invading North Korea could result in a catastrophic loss of lives for U.S. troops and U.S. civilians in South Korea." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206522/carbajal-joins-16-veteran-member-statement-on-dangers-of-ground-invasion-in-north-korea#.WjACvme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "There are no good military options for North Korea. Invading North Korea could result in a catastrophic loss of lives for U.S. troops and U.S. civilians in South Korea." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206522/carbajal-joins-16-veteran-member-statement-on-dangers-of-ground-invasion-in-north-korea#.WjACvme3wfI (votesmart.org)
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  • Signed a letter stating: "[...] any decision by the administration to engage in direct U.S. hostilities against Yemen's Houthis must be subject to a congressional debate and vote, as the framers of the Constitution intended and the 1973 War Powers Resolution demands. As you know, the War Powers Resolution provides a mechanism for individual Members of Congress to force the question of congressional authorization if the administration is not forthcoming in seeking approval for a planned military action." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1177725/letter-to-president-donald-j-trump-55-us-representatives-call-on-trump-to-come-to-congress-before-taking-military-action-in-yemen/?search=syria#.WjAGxme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Chicago Sun-Times "[...] Congress should improve intelligence sharing with our allies in the fight against ISIS." http://www.suntimescandidates.com/rush--bobby.html (www.suntimescandidates.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "[...] any decision by the administration to engage in direct U.S. hostilities against Yemen's Houthis must be subject to a congressional debate and vote, as the framers of the Constitution intended and the 1973 War Powers Resolution demands. As you know, the War Powers Resolution provides a mechanism for individual Members of Congress to force the question of congressional authorization if the administration is not forthcoming in seeking approval for a planned military action." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1177725/letter-to-president-donald-j-trump-55-us-representatives-call-on-trump-to-come-to-congress-before-taking-military-action-in-yemen/?search=syria#.WjAGxme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "[...] with the introduction of Russian military equipment and personnel, and with increasing Western military efforts directed at both ISIL and Assad-regime forces, there is every possibility that violence will escalate. This would continue the devastation of the Syrian populace, worsen the refugee crisis, and risk an increasing probability of expanded military conflict in the region." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1015998/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-peace-talks-to-end-syrian-civil-war/?search=Syria#.V3E7NXUrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • Chicago Sun-Times "[...] Congress should improve intelligence sharing with our allies in the fight against ISIS." http://www.suntimescandidates.com/rush--bobby.html (www.suntimescandidates.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "[...] with the introduction of Russian military equipment and personnel, and with increasing Western military efforts directed at both ISIL and Assad-regime forces, there is every possibility that violence will escalate. This would continue the devastation of the Syrian populace, worsen the refugee crisis, and risk an increasing probability of expanded military conflict in the region." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1015998/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-peace-talks-to-end-syrian-civil-war/?search=Syria#.V3E7NXUrIfl (votesmart.org)

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