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Hal Rogers' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 5, Republican
On The Ballot: Won, Republican for U.S. House - District 5
Hal Rogers 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

  • "While the March for Life took place on Capitol grounds today, my colleagues and I stood with them on the House floor, voting to protect the sanctity of life." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1220657/congressman-rogers-celebrates-march-for-life-with-vote-for-pro-life-bill/?search=sanctity#.Wo3qLWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.Wo3p22e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Campaign for Working Families https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.Wo3p22e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While the March for Life took place on Capitol grounds today, my colleagues and I stood with them on the House floor, voting to protect the sanctity of life." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1220657/congressman-rogers-celebrates-march-for-life-with-vote-for-pro-life-bill/?search=sanctity#.Wo3qLWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.Wo3p22e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Campaign for Working Families https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.Wo3p22e3wfI (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

  • "These adjustments are fully offset by mandatory spending cuts and other savings, not through tax increases, as the administration proposed in its budget submission earlier this year." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1021145/ensuring-tax-exempt-organizations-the-right-to-appeal-act/?search=tax%20increase#.WpQwpGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 75% by National Taxpayers Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQxaWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "These adjustments are fully offset by mandatory spending cuts and other savings, not through tax increases, as the administration proposed in its budget submission earlier this year." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1021145/ensuring-tax-exempt-organizations-the-right-to-appeal-act/?search=tax%20increase#.WpQwpGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/26875/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WpQxJ2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 75% by National Taxpayers Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQxaWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/26875/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WpQxJ2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The backbone of our military is, of course, the brave men and women who lay their lives on the line in defense of this Nation. With that in mind, the bill fully funds the authorized 1.8 percent pay raise for our military personnel instead of the 1 percent as requested by the President." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/885222/department-of-defense-appropriations-act-2015/?search=defense%20spending#.WpQyy2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQ1aGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The backbone of our military is, of course, the brave men and women who lay their lives on the line in defense of this Nation. With that in mind, the bill fully funds the authorized 1.8 percent pay raise for our military personnel instead of the 1 percent as requested by the President." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/885222/department-of-defense-appropriations-act-2015/?search=defense%20spending#.WpQyy2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2810 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018" https://votesmart.org/bill/23430/60451/26875/national-defense-authorization-act-for-fiscal-year-2018#.WpQ1vWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQ1aGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2810 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018" https://votesmart.org/bill/23430/60451/26875/national-defense-authorization-act-for-fiscal-year-2018#.WpQ1vWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQ3J2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQ3J2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "This proposed rule is an affront to free speech itself. It poses a serious and undeniable threat to the ability of ordinary Americans to freely participate in the democratic process." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/843762/letter-to-john-koskinen-commissioner-of-the-internal-revenue-service-withdraw-irs-political-speech-rule#.WpQ4Jme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "This proposed rule is an affront to free speech itself. It poses a serious and undeniable threat to the ability of ordinary Americans to freely participate in the democratic process." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/843762/letter-to-john-koskinen-commissioner-of-the-internal-revenue-service-withdraw-irs-political-speech-rule#.WpQ4Jme3wfI (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 also remain opposed to repeated bailouts, failed stimulus bills and out-of-control budgets. Families have learned to spend less, be responsible and live within their budgets -- and now it's time for the federal government to do the same." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/722453/issue-position-taxes/?search=stimulus#.WpQ6ime3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 82% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQ8Ame3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I also remain opposed to repeated bailouts, failed stimulus bills and out-of-control budgets. Families have learned to spend less, be responsible and live within their budgets -- and now it's time for the federal government to do the same." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/722453/issue-position-taxes/?search=stimulus#.WpQ6ime3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Economic Development Administration is one of the few entities in our Federal Government uniquely qualified to address the needs of communities with chronically high unemployment or facing enormous setbacks due to natural disasters. EDA's grants, awarded in a competitive fashion, leverage over $10 from the private sector for every Federal dollar invested and are targeted at facilities that are essential for private industry to remain or locate in these underachieving areas." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/695608/commerce-justice-science-and-related-agencies-appropriations-act-2013/?search=stimulus#.WpQ7BGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 82% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQ8Ame3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Economic Development Administration is one of the few entities in our Federal Government uniquely qualified to address the needs of communities with chronically high unemployment or facing enormous setbacks due to natural disasters. EDA's grants, awarded in a competitive fashion, leverage over $10 from the private sector for every Federal dollar invested and are targeted at facilities that are essential for private industry to remain or locate in these underachieving areas." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/695608/commerce-justice-science-and-related-agencies-appropriations-act-2013/?search=stimulus#.WpQ7BGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/26875/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WpQxJ2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 75% by National Taxpayers Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQxaWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/26875/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WpQxJ2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 75% by National Taxpayers Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQxaWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No 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 100% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQ-g2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In order to make these targeted investments, the bill cuts back in other lower-priority areas. Renewable energy programs -- which have received significant investments in recent years -- were cut by $248 million from fiscal year 2016 levels." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1096869/chairman-rogers-statement-on-the-fy-2017-energy-and-water-funding-bill/?search=renewable#.WpQ_C2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 9% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQ-g2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In order to make these targeted investments, the bill cuts back in other lower-priority areas. Renewable energy programs -- which have received significant investments in recent years -- were cut by $248 million from fiscal year 2016 levels." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1096869/chairman-rogers-statement-on-the-fy-2017-energy-and-water-funding-bill/?search=renewable#.WpQ_C2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 9% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQ-g2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQ-g2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 806 "Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/23451/60587/26875/ozone-standards-implementation-act-of-2017#.WpQ_b2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 98% by National Association of Manufacturers https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQ_w2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "These job-killing greenhouse gas regulations threaten the livelihoods of those who work in the coal fields and at coal-fired power plants in Appalachia." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1063777/rogers-applauds-congressional-action-to-overturn-epas-job-killing-regulations/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.WpRAIme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 806 "Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/23451/60587/26875/ozone-standards-implementation-act-of-2017#.WpQ_b2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 98% by National Association of Manufacturers https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpQ_w2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "These job-killing greenhouse gas regulations threaten the livelihoods of those who work in the coal fields and at coal-fired power plants in Appalachia." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1063777/rogers-applauds-congressional-action-to-overturn-epas-job-killing-regulations/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.WpRAIme3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 98% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpRA3We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpRA3We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 98% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpRA3We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The bill continues all legislative provisions carried in previous years to protect the Second Amendment rights of all Americans, and goes a step further to make four of these provisions permanent law." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080648/fiscal-year-2017-commerce-justice-science-funding-bill-released/?search=second%20amendment#.WpRAk2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpRA3We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The bill continues all legislative provisions carried in previous years to protect the Second Amendment rights of all Americans, and goes a step further to make four of these provisions permanent law." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080648/fiscal-year-2017-commerce-justice-science-funding-bill-released/?search=second%20amendment#.WpRAk2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Obamacare is rapidly collapsing and this bill is one of the first necessary steps to build a better, more reliable and affordable health care system." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1170686/rogers-keeps-promise-to-repeal-replace-obamacare/?search=obamacare#.WpRBfWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Obamacare is rapidly collapsing and this bill is one of the first necessary steps to build a better, more reliable and affordable health care system." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1170686/rogers-keeps-promise-to-repeal-replace-obamacare/?search=obamacare#.WpRBfWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) voted with his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3762), which will dismantle the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and reduce the federal deficit by a half trillion dollars over the next ten years." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1063815/rogers-votes-to-dismantle-obamacare-defund-planned-parenthood/?search=obamacare#.WpRB3Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) voted with his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3762), which will dismantle the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and reduce the federal deficit by a half trillion dollars over the next ten years." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1063815/rogers-votes-to-dismantle-obamacare-defund-planned-parenthood/?search=obamacare#.WpRB3Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpRDK2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpRDK2e3wfI (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

  • "Finally, I have also stated publicly that I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/989629/issue-position-homeland-security/?search=amnesty#.WpRErme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 5% by American Civil Liberties Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpRFBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Finally, I have also stated publicly that I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/989629/issue-position-homeland-security/?search=amnesty#.WpRErme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "U.S. Rep. Harold 'Hal' Rogers (KY-05) applauded passage of the 2015 federal funding bill in the U.S. House of Representatives for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (H.R. 240), along with five immigration-related amendments to bring President Obama's executive amnesty order to a halt." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/947933/rogers-votes-to-halt-obamas-executive-amnesty-order/?search=deport#.WpRDime3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 5% by American Civil Liberties Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpRFBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "U.S. Rep. Harold 'Hal' Rogers (KY-05) applauded passage of the 2015 federal funding bill in the U.S. House of Representatives for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (H.R. 240), along with five immigration-related amendments to bring President Obama's executive amnesty order to a halt." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/947933/rogers-votes-to-halt-obamas-executive-amnesty-order/?search=deport#.WpRDime3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpRFBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpRFBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpRFBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I applaud the Surgeon General for releasing this comprehensive report to address the scope of the problem, including the risks of increased marijuana use nationwide." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1144561/rogers-statement-on-us-surgeon-generals-report-on-alcohol-drugs-and-health/?search=marijuana#.WpRFsWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.WpRFBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I applaud the Surgeon General for releasing this comprehensive report to address the scope of the problem, including the risks of increased marijuana use nationwide." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1144561/rogers-statement-on-us-surgeon-generals-report-on-alcohol-drugs-and-health/?search=marijuana#.WpRFsWe3wfI (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

  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.Wq_oN2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.Wq_oN2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.Wq_oN2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26875/hal-rogers#.Wq_oN2e3wfI (votesmart.org)

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