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Todd Rokita's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Todd Rokita 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

  • "As a Pro-life American, I believe that life begins at conception, and our laws should reflect that." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/762301/rokita-marks-40th-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade-will-welcome-hoosier-participants-in-march-for-life/?search=Pro-life#.WpQXnWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34167/todd-rokita#.WpCI8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 3% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34167/todd-rokita#.WpCI8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As a Pro-life Hoosier, I am proud of my vote to repeal a regulation used to prop up organizations like Planned Parenthood." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1165016/rokita-supports-repeal-of-obama-abortion-provider-rule/?search=Pro-life#.WpCOo2e3wfI (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

  • "Done! Tax cuts are headed to @POTUS’s desk. Americans will get to keep more of their hard-earned money. More jobs! More money for Hoosiers! Fulfilling @RealDonaldTrump’s promises to the American people!" https://twitter.com/ToddRokita/status/943541713397796866 (twitter.com)
  • "By reforming our unfair tax code, more jobs will be created, Hoosiers will take home bigger paychecks, and it will unleash American economic competition." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206438/now-is-the-time-to-put-more-money-in-the-pockets-of-hoosiers/?search=Tax%20Cuts#.WpQYRme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/34167/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WpCO2We3wfl (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Hoosiers know the vital importance of defense spending, not only because it protects our national security but also because it creates jobs." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1020782/a-shameless-and-unprecedented-veto/?search=defense%20spending#.WpQhkWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Our budget calls for more spending in our military […] You will see the Republicans stand strong for our military men and women and the defense budget that they need." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/968280/a-balanced-budget-for-a-stronger-america/?search=defense%20budget#.WpQlqGe3wfI (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 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34167/todd-rokita#.WpCI8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of HR 22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/20486/54470/34167/fixing-americas-surface-transportation-fast-act#.WpQfbWe3wfI (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

  • "With the highest corporate income tax rate in the world, America is at a disadvantage. That is why I have sponsored legislation to lower the corporate income tax rate […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1043968/issue-position-economy-jobs-and-tax-reform/?search=income%20tax#.WpQY42e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "By reforming our unfair tax code, more jobs will be created, Hoosiers will take home bigger paychecks, and it will unleash American economic competition." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206438/now-is-the-time-to-put-more-money-in-the-pockets-of-hoosiers/?search=Tax%20Cuts#.WpQYRme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This historic tax reform is going to help the American people keep more of their hard earned money, create more opportunity and make American businesses more competitive at home and abroad. With President Trump's leadership on this legislation, we are going to unleash our country's economic potential […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214857/rokita-historic-tax-cuts-for-hoosiers/?search=Tax%20Cuts#.WpQYG2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/34167/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WpCO2We3wfl (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This bill solves the problems created by No Child Left Behind and provides much needed flexibility to schools. Now, voters and tax payers, through their locally elected officials, can determine what success in testing looks like […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1062317/rokita-bill-is-the-largest-transfer-of-federal-authority-to-states-and-localities-in-25-years/?search=common%20core#.WpCMcWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to act now to reverse the Federal mandates under No Child Left Behind and to stop the Obama administration from coercing States into adopting its preferred education reforms, including adoption of these Common Core standards." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/968255/student-success-act/?search=common%20core#.WpCMxme3wfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • '"Responsibly developing the resources we have here in America will create jobs and promote a healthy, all-of-the-above energy policy." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/892065/rokita-report-6282014/?search=all-of#.WpCQU2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in an all-of-the-above policy that utilizes all available resources and technologies, so long as such resources and technologies are supported by the free market." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1043971/issue-position-energy/?search=all-of#.WpCQDGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 6213 "No More Solyndras Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/15811/41650/34167/no-more-solyndras-act#.WpCQvWe3wfI (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. Amdt 671 "Prohibits Funds from Being Used for Certain Climate Change Reports" https://votesmart.org/bill/18249/48233/34167/prohibits-funds-from-being-used-for-certain-climate-change-reports#.WpCPRWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 806 "Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/23451/60587/34167/ozone-standards-implementation-act-of-2017#.WpCPtme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H. Amdt 585 "Prohibits the Social Cost of Carbon from Being Included in Agency Determinations" https://votesmart.org/bill/17616/46997/34167/prohibits-the-social-cost-of-carbon-from-being-included-in-agency-determinations#.WpCPcWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H. Amdt 1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" https://votesmart.org/bill/18726/49464/34167/prohibits-district-of-columbia-from-implementing-certain-firearm-laws#.WpQan2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34167/todd-rokita#.WpCI8We3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • "For too long, Washington elites have tried to take away our lawful right to gun ownership. H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act will ensure that the rights of all law-abiding Hoosiers to bear arms will be respected no matter which state they visit." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214846/rokita-fights-for-concealed-carry-reciprocity#.WpQaXGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Gun control does not make Americans safer, it makes them defenseless. Increased regulations will not stop criminals, but it will hinder law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1043950/issue-position-2nd-amendment/?search=gun#.WpQa-We3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" https://votesmart.org/bill/20529/54913/34167/restoring-americans-healthcare-freedom-reconciliation-act-of-2015#.WpCL82e3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • "Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced with a market-based solution that allows for competition and innovation within the healthcare system." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1043979/issue-position-healthcare/?search=obamacare#.WpQbvme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While we continue the fight to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump's executive order is a positive step to ensure that all Americans have more control, more choices and more affordable healthcare […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1200517/rokita-backs-trumps-executive-order-on-obamacare/?search=obamacare#.WpQbQme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" https://votesmart.org/bill/20529/55150/34167/restoring-americans-healthcare-freedom-reconciliation-act-of-2015#.WpQcN2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must end sanctuary cities and build a wall." https://twitter.com/ToddRokita/status/948698709973446656 (twitter.com)
  • "[...] Republicans must work with President Trump to build a border wall and secure the border with all available technology, strengthen internal enforcement to prevent visitors from overstaying their visas, and put an end to dangerous sanctuary cities that allow violent criminal illegal immigrants to stay on our streets." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1200510/the-hill-the-wall-must-come-first/?search=border%20wall#.WpCLaWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must do more to get these dangerous illegal immigrant criminals off our streets, build a wall & put an end to illegal immigration" https://twitter.com/ToddRokita/status/960540848961347584 (twitter.com)
  • "We need security -- we need to build the wall." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1200510/the-hill-the-wall-must-come-first/?search=amnesty#.WpQdbGe3wfI (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 83% by NumbersUSA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34167/todd-rokita#.WpCI8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It is fundamentally unfair to award citizenship while there are hundreds of thousands waiting in line and following the rules." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1200510/the-hill-the-wall-must-come-first/?search=border%20wall#.WpCLaWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34167/todd-rokita#.WpCI8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17%National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34167/todd-rokita#.WpCI8We3wfI (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

  • "President Trump is right to aggressively confront North Korea with diplomatic and economic pressure while leaving all military options on the table to keep our nation safe." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214834/rokita-condemns-north-korea-after-pyongyang-launched-a-ballistic-missile/?search=north%20korea#.WpQl_We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34167/todd-rokita#.WpCI8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must reverse our foreign policy with regards to Iran and its continued nuclear ambitions because the greatest threat to our security is the marriage of Islamic terrorists and nuclear weapons." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/993960/rokita-report-prime-minister-netanyahu-securing-the-border-and-more/?search=nuclear%20weapons#.WpQm_Ge3wfI (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

  • "I remain skeptical of intervention in the Syrian conflict at this time, as I do not see a clear and imminent threat to the United States." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/808251/rokita-skeptical-on-syrian-intervention/?search=syria#.WpQnU2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34167/todd-rokita#.WpCI8We3wfI (votesmart.org)

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