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Glenn Grothman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WI) - District 6, Republican
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Glenn Grothman 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 100% by Wisconsin Right to Life http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1232/rating/7453 (votesmart.org)
  • "Life begins at conception without exceptions. In Congress, I'll fight to protect the sanctity of life from conception to natural death." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/916827/issue-position-sanctity-of-life#.VX8pX3UVhHw (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

  • "I've been a leader on pushing through income tax cuts and tax reform, and I'll take the record and experience to Washington to let you keep more of your hard-earned money." http://www.glenngrothman.com/taxes (www.glenngrothman.com)
  • " I will work to reform our nation’s tax code and strive to use reform to lower taxes for all Americans. The less the government takes from its citizens, the more money Americans can use to provide for their families, save for the future, and grow our economy." http://grothmanforms.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14891 (grothmanforms.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I'll fight to cut spending in order to balance the federal budget. With $17 trillion in debt, we can't afford to keep borrowing and spending more than we take in." http://www.glenngrothman.com/budget (www.glenngrothman.com)
  • "Our budget is a good first step in reining in spending. The House Republican Budget balances in less than ten years and reduces spending by $5.5 trillion, unlike any budget President Obama has proposed. It also calls for a simpler and fairer tax code and fully repeals Obamacare, saving more than $2 trillion." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960663/grothman-statement-on-passage-of-fy2016-budget#.VX8vUXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Glenn has also tirelessly pursued lowering the property and income taxes. He was proud to vote for $2 billion of tax relief in the last two legislative sessions. His goal in Congress is to lower income taxes across the board to provide relief for over-taxed families throughout the 6th Congressional District." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/916830/issue-position-taxes#.VX8qNHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Senator Glenn Grothman is an outspoken leader in the Wisconsin Legislature on advocating and implementing tax cuts across the board. Glenn believes the only way to grow the economy is to give more money back to the hardworking taxpayers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/916830/issue-position-taxes#.VX8qNHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Glenn is in strong opposition to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Wisconsin, frequently called just 'Common Core.' The top-down federal control of our education system is not only an egregiously wrong approach to education, it's in opposition to the United States Constitution." http://www.glenngrothman.com/education (www.glenngrothman.com)
  • "I've been working to stop Common Core and every component of it, like the intrusive student databases. When I get to Congress, voters can count on me to fight against federal involvement in education – by Democrats or Republicans." http://www.glenngrothman.com/grothman_opposes_common_core (www.glenngrothman.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It's time for the Keystone Pipeline to move forward. After years of endless government red tape and political games, bipartisan majorities in the House and the Senate have finally approved this project. The only person standing in the way is President Obama." http://grothmanforms.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=17 (grothmanforms.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299 (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Rated 0% by Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter http://votesmart.org/interest-group/719/rating/7459 (votesmart.org)
  • Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel "Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) said he plans to introduce legislation that would freeze the state's renewable energy mandate at 2012 levels." http://www.jsonline.com/business/gop-lawmaker-wants-to-freeze-states-renewable-energy-mandate-j86qpfk-169385886.html (www.jsonline.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter http://votesmart.org/interest-group/719/rating/7459 (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wisconsin) introduced the Manufacturers First Act, H.R. 2792, last week to prevent burdensome regulations the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is handing down under the Clean Air Act. The Manufacturers First Act freezes the six air quality standards at current levels and does not allow the EPA to make changes, giving control back to Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/989129/grothman-pushes-back-on-epas-disastrous-air-quality-standards#.VZ2DoXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1034/rating/7165 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "While the banning of these popular cartridges is the most visible and immediate effect of ATF's shifting policy, the "Framework" has other serious implications. […] inhibit the development and use of rifle ammunition containing non-lead materials, even as efforts are afoot both at federal and state levels to impose bans or restrictions on lead ammunition. The eventual collision of these trends could result in drastically reduced options for lawful ammunition users." http://judiciary.house.gov/_cache/files/53c0eaf3-fa56-47df-8536-2389a56dfc17/030415-atf-letter.pdf (judiciary.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Senator Glenn Grothman will stand in staunch opposition to any further expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and will actively fight for its full repeal." http://www.glenngrothman.com/healthcare (www.glenngrothman.com)
  • "Our budget is a good first step in reining in spending. The House Republican Budget balances in less than ten years and reduces spending by $5.5 trillion, unlike any budget President Obama has proposed. It also calls for a simpler and fairer tax code and fully repeals Obamacare, saving more than $2 trillion." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960663/grothman-statement-on-passage-of-fy2016-budget#.VX8vUXUVhHw (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

  • "President Obama's presidency has been marked by his utter disregard for the rule of law in every area of government, and immigration is no different. Glenn will fight to hold this and any future administration accountable to the law – not to the political whims of the president or his partisan staff. Glenn will also adamantly oppose any attempts to give amnesty to illegal immigrants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/916826/issue-position-immigration#.VX8-UHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The bottom line is we need to be sure that the people we are letting in are properly screened and examined to ensure that they come here with lawful intentions. We need to close down the border and get back to an orderly legal immigration system in order to ensure a safe and prosperous future for America." http://www.glenngrothman.com/immigration (www.glenngrothman.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have written in the past that homosexuality is not as genetic as some people have said. For society to approve of same sex marriage would be to say to our young people that this is no big deal and would result in more of them opting for the homosexual lifestyle." http://www.grothman.org/AD58/040317AD58.pdf (www.grothman.org)
  • I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision today to overturn same-sex marriage laws around the country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/989133/grothman-statement-on-supreme-court-decision-on-same-sex-marriage#.VZ2Mr3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. […] Given Iran's decades of deception, negotiators must obtain maximum commitments to transparency by Iran. Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades." http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/sites/republicans.foreignaffairs.house.gov/files/03.20.15%20-%20Iran%20Letter%20-%20POTUS.pdf (foreignaffairs.house.gov)
  • "We must never forget the lives that were lost at the hands of evil on September 11th, 2001. […] In their honor, we must always remain vigilant in defending our nation from all threats, foreign and domestic." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922332/statement-on-13th-anniversary-of-911#.VX9CF3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Key

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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