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Robert Aderholt's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 4, Republican
On The Ballot: Won, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
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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

  • "Today I voted to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood, an organization that sells the parts of murdered babies for money, and to protect babies that survive abortions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034858/aderholt-votes-to-defund-planned-parenthood-calls-on-senate-to-change-rules#.WcUweme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.VW4moHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 3% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5vsWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today I voted to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood, an organization that sells the parts of murdered babies for money, and to protect babies that survive abortions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034858/aderholt-votes-to-defund-planned-parenthood-calls-on-senate-to-change-rules#.WcUweme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.VW4moHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 3% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5vsWdyIfI (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

  • "However, on January 1, 2013, the House and Senate passed H.R. 8, which will increase taxes on individuals earning more than $400,000 and couples earning more than $450,000. I opposed this legislation. I believe that targeted spending cuts are the most responsible way to address the fiscal crisis facing our country, not increasing taxes on families and small businesses. " https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/taxes (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "However, on January 1, 2013, the House and Senate passed H.R. 8, which will increase taxes on individuals earning more than $400,000 and couples earning more than $450,000. I opposed this legislation. I believe that targeted spending cuts are the most responsible way to address the fiscal crisis facing our country, not increasing taxes on families and small businesses. " https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/taxes (aderholt.house.gov)
  • Rated 76% by National Taxpayers Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5vsWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 76% by National Taxpayers Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5vsWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5vsWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5vsWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While in theory, reducing costs are a good approach, cuts of this magnitude would drastically shrink our nation's military and potentially harm national security." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/755861/the-fiscal-cliff/?search=defense%20spending#.Ws5wjWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While in theory, reducing costs are a good approach, cuts of this magnitude would drastically shrink our nation's military and potentially harm national security." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/755861/the-fiscal-cliff/?search=defense%20spending#.Ws5wjWdyIfI (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 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5vsWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5vsWdyIfI (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 believe that targeted spending cuts are the most responsible way to address the fiscal crisis facing our country, not increasing taxes on families and small businesses." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/taxes (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "I believe that targeted spending cuts are the most responsible way to address the fiscal crisis facing our country, not increasing taxes on families and small businesses." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/taxes (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "In general, the United States tax code is overly complicated. What we need is a system that the average taxpayer can understand and comply with. […] To do this, we must control wasteful spending and ensure that federal dollars are being spent in a fiscally responsible manner." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/taxes (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "In general, the United States tax code is overly complicated. What we need is a system that the average taxpayer can understand and comply with. […] To do this, we must control wasteful spending and ensure that federal dollars are being spent in a fiscally responsible manner." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/taxes (aderholt.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to ensure that taxes are equitable and don't place an undue burden on individuals or businesses. To do this, we must control wasteful spending and ensure that federal dollars are being spent in a fiscally responsible manner." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/taxes (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "We need to ensure that taxes are equitable and don't place an undue burden on individuals or businesses. To do this, we must control wasteful spending and ensure that federal dollars are being spent in a fiscally responsible manner." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/taxes (aderholt.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/441/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Ws5xFGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/441/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Ws5xFGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I firmly believe that parents and local and state officials are in the best position to determine what is needed in their school system. Washington D.C. is hundreds of miles in distance from North Alabama and light years away in terms of understanding the area's educational needs." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/342165/issue-position-education/?search=education#.Ws5xTmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I firmly believe that parents and local and state officials are in the best position to determine what is needed in their school system. Washington D.C. is hundreds of miles in distance from North Alabama and light years away in terms of understanding the area's educational needs." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/342165/issue-position-education/?search=education#.Ws5xTmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While the federal government can certainly play a role in funding educational opportunities for students and determining national priorities, it shouldn't be involved in determining a day-to-day classroom curriculum or where a local community spends it educational dollars." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/342165/issue-position-education#.WcUxTGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While the federal government can certainly play a role in funding educational opportunities for students and determining national priorities, it shouldn't be involved in determining a day-to-day classroom curriculum or where a local community spends it educational dollars." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/342165/issue-position-education#.WcUxTGe3wfI (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

  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5xrGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We offer our full support of the current process undertaken by the House Committee on Ways and Means that will allow the most anti-competitive and economically harmful tax provisions, specifically the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), to expire." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/914004/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-and-kevin-mccarthy-majority-leader-of-the-house-end-the-wind-production-tax-credit/?search=green%20energy#.VXIewnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We offer our full support of the current process undertaken by the House Committee on Ways and Means that will allow the most anti-competitive and economically harmful tax provisions, specifically the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), to expire." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/914004/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-and-kevin-mccarthy-majority-leader-of-the-house-end-the-wind-production-tax-credit/?search=green%20energy#.VXIewnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5xrGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "On August 3, 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its Clean Power Plan rule. The original intent of the Clean Air Act was for individual states to regulate their own electricity systems. This new regulation is tantamount to a federal government power grab that would impose onerous carbon emissions standards at and outside the fence line of existing power plants." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1155421/letter-to-the-hon-donald-trump-regarding-harmful-regulations#.WcUwrme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5xrGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "On August 3, 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its Clean Power Plan rule. The original intent of the Clean Air Act was for individual states to regulate their own electricity systems. This new regulation is tantamount to a federal government power grab that would impose onerous carbon emissions standards at and outside the fence line of existing power plants." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1155421/letter-to-the-hon-donald-trump-regarding-harmful-regulations#.WcUwrme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5xrGdyIfI (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/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt/37#.VW4riXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt/37#.VW4riXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "It is unbelievable and I'm at a loss of words at the news President Obama plans to sidestep the Constitution once again in order to circumvent Congress in his efforts to diminish gun owner's rights in America." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034883/aderholt-statement-on-proposed-gun-regulations-by-president-obama#.WcUyFWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It is unbelievable and I'm at a loss of words at the news President Obama plans to sidestep the Constitution once again in order to circumvent Congress in his efforts to diminish gun owner's rights in America." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034883/aderholt-statement-on-proposed-gun-regulations-by-president-obama#.WcUyFWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In these six years it has become clear Obamacare is a failed law. How do we know it has failed? Just look to the millions of families across our country that are struggling each month to pay higher premiums with huge out of pocket expenses for less coverage." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034885/aderholt-statement-on-plans-to-repeal-obamacare-and-defund-planned-parenthood#.Ws5u7GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Repealing ObamaCare means we can move forward with a commonsense approach that will decrease burdens, lower costs and protect American jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/787339/aderholt-supports-full-repeal-of-obamacare/?search=Obamacare#.VXIghnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In these six years it has become clear Obamacare is a failed law. How do we know it has failed? Just look to the millions of families across our country that are struggling each month to pay higher premiums with huge out of pocket expenses for less coverage." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034885/aderholt-statement-on-plans-to-repeal-obamacare-and-defund-planned-parenthood#.Ws5u7GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I still have hope that we can continue to work on this repeal bill and replace Obamacare." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1154274/aderholt-statement-on-american-healthcare-act#.WcUyame3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Repealing ObamaCare means we can move forward with a commonsense approach that will decrease burdens, lower costs and protect American jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/787339/aderholt-supports-full-repeal-of-obamacare/?search=Obamacare#.VXIghnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I still have hope that we can continue to work on this repeal bill and replace Obamacare." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1154274/aderholt-statement-on-american-healthcare-act#.WcUyame3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5xrGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5xrGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Through a combination of physical barriers, such as fencing, updated technology, and more boots on the ground, we can close our borders to illegal entrants." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/_immigration (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "Through a combination of physical barriers, such as fencing, updated technology, and more boots on the ground, we can close our borders to illegal entrants." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/_immigration (aderholt.house.gov)
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 believe that before passing any legislation that deals with DACA, Congress must first address border control and stopping illegal crossings at will. For Congress to do nothing about securing the border would be a disservice to our nation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1193362/aderholt-statement-on-daca#.WcUzA2e3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • "In some quarters, discussions on illegal immigration have included talk of amnesty for those who entered the country illegally. I feel very strongly that amnesty should not be automatically granted to those who are here illegally. We are a nation of laws and we would send the wrong message if we were to merely give amnesty to those who openly disregard our laws." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/_immigration (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "I believe that before passing any legislation that deals with DACA, Congress must first address border control and stopping illegal crossings at will. For Congress to do nothing about securing the border would be a disservice to our nation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1193362/aderholt-statement-on-daca#.WcUzA2e3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • "In some quarters, discussions on illegal immigration have included talk of amnesty for those who entered the country illegally. I feel very strongly that amnesty should not be automatically granted to those who are here illegally. We are a nation of laws and we would send the wrong message if we were to merely give amnesty to those who openly disregard our laws." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/_immigration (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "To effectively deal with the immigration concerns in the United States we must, first and foremost, control our borders. Otherwise anything else we might do would simply be ineffective. Today, we've lost control of our borders. I believe the American people will only deal with reform if they are convinced that the borders are secure first." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/_immigration (aderholt.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown 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/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5y-mdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5y-mdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5y-mdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/441/robert-aderholt#.Ws5y-mdyIfI (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "More I'm still skeptical of taking action in Syria, POTUS just hasn't made his case. I'm hopeful a diplomatic solution can be reached..." https://twitter.com/Robert_Aderholt/status/378219826264961024 (twitter.com)

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