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Robert Pittenger's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 9, Republican
Robert Pittenger 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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 4712 "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24356/62250/41272/born-alive-abortion-survivors-protection-act#.WqFZt2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41272/robert-pittenger#.WqFXTWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As a conservative Christian, Robert will never stop fighting for our traditional values, including the rights of the unborn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/851788/issue-position-stand-for-the-unborn#.WqFgOme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I am a father, and I am a grandfather. I have got nine grandchildren. Every life is precious." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/948791/march-for-life#.WqFfpWe3wfI (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

  • "Are you tired of Uncle Sam picking your pocket? […] President Trump and I agree you deserve a tax code that builds a healthy economy and helps make America great again." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1209742/pittenger-tax-reform-will-make-america-great-again/?search=Tax%20Cuts%20and%20Jobs%20Act#.WqFm1me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/41272/robert-pittenger/#.WqFqBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/41272/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WqFZfGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In these challenging times, raising taxes on individuals and small businesses is irresponsible." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/766985/issue-position-tax-reform/?search=corporate%20tax#.WqFnKme3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/41272/robert-pittenger/#.WqFqBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As your congressman I will fight to protect our defense budget and to fight for the money that our service men and women need. I will make our security the priority of our government." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/698235/pittenger-vows-strong-national-security/?search=defense%20budget#.WqFoh2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to fund President Trump's $1.6 billion request for a border wall, provide the largest military pay raise in 8 years, and increase Defense spending by 13% to rebuild America's military." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180657/pittenger-votes-to-fund-border-wall-military-pay-raise/?search=border%20wall#.WqFg9Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "NATIONAL SECURITY: Reversed President Obama's potentially dangerous cuts to defense spending and readiness." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1057023/pittenger-congress-votes-to-strengthen-america/?search=defense%20spending#.WqFoUGe3wfI (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

  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/41272/robert-pittenger/#.WqFqBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/41272/robert-pittenger/#.WqFqBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Inefficient management and inadequate transportation funding is not only frustrating, but harmful to job growth and the economy." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/999854/issue-position-transportation#.WqFpWWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/20486/54470/41272/fixing-americas-surface-transportation-fast-act#.WqFpwGe3wfI (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

  • "Shame on us for having the highest corporate tax rate in the world." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/917922/pittenger-shame-on-us-for-high-tax-rate/?search=corporate%20tax#.WqFnjme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Other nations across the world are lowering their corporate tax rate to lure businesses to move to their country -- Canada just lowered their rate to 15 percent in January 2012. Failure to address this issue will only leave the United States with an ever-shrinking role in a globalized economy." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/766985/issue-position-tax-reform/?search=corporate%20tax#.WqFnKme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/41272/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WqFZfGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Prefer local autonomy" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/41272/robert-pittenger/#.WqFqBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Common Core standards, though not currently implemented at the federal level, mimic the same one-size-fits-all approach of the federal bureaucracy. In response, I have co-sponsored House Resolution 476, which strongly denounces President Obama's efforts to coerce states into adopting Common Core." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/999097/issue-position-education/?search=common%20core#.WqFmD2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Local parents and local teachers best understand the need of local students […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/992221/congressman-pittenger-votes-against-common-core-in-favor-of-increased-local-control-in-education/?search=common%20core#.WqFmL2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5 "Student Success Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/20379/53624/41272/student-success-act#.WqFfKWe3wfI (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

  • "Washington borrows $3.8 billion every day, and we can't afford to continue underwriting green energy while ignoring our vast reserves of oil, natural gas, and coal." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/848443/issue-position-energy/?search=border#.WqFhaWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While we are hopeful the free market will take the lead in growing this source of energy, the real opportunity for energy independence is through the continual development of hydrocarbons -- especially natural gas." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/766901/issue-position-energy/?search=carbon#.WqFkN2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "America has an abundant supply of energy resources, including natural gas reserves larger than the crude oil reserves of Saudi Arabia. […] Renewable energy can be very important to achieving energy independence, but is only part of the equation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/999753/issue-position-energy/?search=renewable#.WqFjdWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41272/robert-pittenger#.WqFXTWe3wfI (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 585 "Prohibits the Social Cost of Carbon from Being Included in Agency Determinations" https://votesmart.org/bill/17616/46997/41272/prohibits-the-social-cost-of-carbon-from-being-included-in-agency-determinations#.WqFaDGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41272/robert-pittenger#.WqFXTWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump knows a good deal from a bad deal. The Paris climate accord would have had an onerous impact on our economy." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180540/pittenger-statement-on-paris-climate-accord/?search=paris#.WqFk7We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/41272/robert-pittenger/#.WqFqBGe3wfI (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/18726/49464/41272/prohibits-district-of-columbia-from-implementing-certain-firearm-laws#.WqFaq2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41272/robert-pittenger#.WqFXTWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "History has shown that gun control laws don't prevent mass shootings. […] restrictive gun control measures violate the Constitutional rights of law-abiding American citizens." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/848447/issue-position-gun-control#.WqFitGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 38 "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/24312/62138/41272/concealed-carry-reciprocity-act-of-2017#.WqFagGe3wfI (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. 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/22765/59189/41272/american-health-care-act-of-2017#.WqFcbme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I have voted 20 times to defund, repeal, or replace Obamacare […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/999804/issue-position-healthcare/?search=obamacare#.WqFlz2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "My constituents asked me to repeal and replace Obamacare, and I am proud to have worked with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to deliver." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180661/pittenger-on-healthcare-reform/?search=obamacare#.WqFlkGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" https://votesmart.org/bill/19507/51284/41272/repeal-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-and-health-care-related-provisions-in-the-health-care-and-education-reconciliation-act-of-2010#.WqFdPme3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will reject any amnesty proposals, strengthen our borders and insist that existing immigration laws be enforced." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/675469/issue-position-immigration/?search=border#.WqFhsGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to fund President Trump's $1.6 billion request for a border wall, provide the largest military pay raise in 8 years, and increase Defense spending by 13% to rebuild America's military." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180657/pittenger-votes-to-fund-border-wall-military-pay-raise/?search=border%20wall#.WqFg9Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] we do make the world and our community safer by supporting freedom, clearly supporting our allies, and implementing safety borders from our enemies." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034692/issue-position-foreign-affairs/?search=border#.WqFhQWe3wfI (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

  • "I will reject any amnesty proposals, strengthen our borders and insist that existing immigration laws be enforced." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/675469/issue-position-immigration/?search=border#.WqFhsGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 97% by NumbersUSA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41272/robert-pittenger#.WqFXTWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to secure the borders, ensure the rules are fair, support a suitable work-visa program, and provide real consequences for those who break the rules." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/999812/issue-position-immigration/?search=amnesty#.WqFiKGe3wfI (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/41272/robert-pittenger#.WqFXTWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41272/robert-pittenger#.WqFXTWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/41272/robert-pittenger/#.WqFqBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41272/robert-pittenger#.WqFXTWe3wfI (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

  • "[...] we should all be concerned by Syria's substantial stockpile of chemical weapons and the risk these weapons could fall into the hands of Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, or Hamas and used to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/811749/congressman-pittenger-reacts-to-possible-us-military-strike-against-syria/?search=syria#.WqFrNme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41272/robert-pittenger#.WqFXTWe3wfI (votesmart.org)

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North Carolina Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles

I support drug courts with mandatory treatment and accountability to the court

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

prefer tax reform and lower rates for everyone. Incentives only in proper tax environment.

NoInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • "Federal policies, including No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, have destroyed the ability of teachers, parents, and local school administrators to implement the best curriculum for their local schools. Classroom teachers know their students the best, so why is someone in Washington making the decisions? The one-size-fits-all approach is preparing our students for an end-of-grade test, but not for the future." http://pittenger.house.gov/Education (pittenger.house.gov)
  • "[...] on the state level, we need to fund classroom teaching that works, not more overhead. It's common sense [...]" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e9cd8lJtrw (www.youtube.com)
Other or expanded principles

Prefer local autonomy

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles

Idividual states should regulate fracking

NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

1. To human activity question- I believe humans have a minimal contribution to climate change

2. Not with current standards proposed by EPA.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • "I will reject any amnesty proposals, strengthen our borders and insist that existing immigration laws be enforced." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/675469/issue-position-immigration/?search=border#.WqFhsGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] it is critical we carefully consider the options and avoid unintended consequences. For example, amnesty would only encourage additional illegal immigration, making the problem worse." http://pittenger.house.gov/Immigration (pittenger.house.gov)
  • "America does not punish children for the mistakes of their parents, so it's only fair we provide a pathway to citizenship for those illegally brought into our country as children. We should also consider citizenship for undocumented immigrants who earn advanced degrees and those who bravely serve our country in the military." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849261/issue-position-immigration/?search=citizenship#.Vi6vXmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 97% by NumbersUSA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41272/robert-pittenger#.WqFXTWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to secure the borders, ensure the rules are fair, support a suitable work-visa program, and provide real consequences for those who break the rules." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/999812/issue-position-immigration/?search=amnesty#.WqFiKGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • "I support the President's use of targeted airstrikes and urge him to act decisively to support the Iraqi army in defense of their country and to bring stability to the region." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/911457/pittenger-president-ignored-realities-of-a-dangerous-world/?search=islamic%20state#.VaP_T3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "ISIS receives over $1 million each day from the illegal sale of stolen oil […] This oil must be shipped out in trucks. Why aren't we bombing these convoys?" http://pittenger.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/pittenger-bomb-isis-oil-convoys (pittenger.house.gov)
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statusf) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatej) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusk) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

Support a 17% flat tax

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