Representative Steve Stivers's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 15, Republican
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Steve Stivers 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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*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

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  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R. 36 “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • “I have a 100 percent pro-life voting record and have a 0 percent approval rating from the pro-abortion group, NARAL. As a husband, father and man of faith, I understand the importance of life and family values. That is why I support legislation restricting and regulating abortion and prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds by the government for abortion.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700688/issue-position-abortion#.VcJPd3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/45333/steve-stivers/2 (votesmart.org)

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  • "That is why on August 2, 2011, I voted for the Budget Control Act which reflects the principles of cut, cap and balance, and enforces discretionary spending caps to cut and restrain spending over the next 10 years, with no new taxes." http://stivers.house.gov/issues/debt/ (stivers.house.gov)
  • “For far too long, American businesses have been crippled by the unnecessary regulations and the complicated tax code. In fact, the corporate tax rate in the United States is the highest in the world. This is leading many businesses to leave for countries with friendlier business environments, and taking their jobs with them. If we can provide regulatory relief and pass comprehensive tax reform, companies will not want to leave the United States to do business. In fact, companies will flock to the United States, providing jobs for the American people and growing our economy.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1067207/this-year-resolve-to-make-america-safer-and-stronger (votesmart.org)
  • "In my lifetime, the federal government has only managed to balance its budget five times. Clearly, our federal government has a systemic problem which deserves a systemic solution. That solution is a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the United States Constitution." http://stivers.house.gov/issues/bba/ (stivers.house.gov)

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  • Signed a letter stating “It is time to move beyond recognition of the problem and actually treat opioid addiction as a disease and the national priority it is. We have a higher number of effective treatment interventions available today than ever before, and the trend leading to so many tragic consequences can, and must, be reversed.” http://womack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/letter_to_hhs_re_samhsa_9-22-14.pdf (womack.house.gov)
  • “The Ohio delegation urges the Department of Justice to mirror the work being done in Ohio, and authorize a multi-state program utilizing abstinence-based addiction medications to support successful re-entry of opioid and alcohol addicted offenders in our jails (Bureau of Justice Assistance), federal prisons and reentry centers (Bureau of Prisons), as well as those on supervised parole/release (Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts). Such an evidence-based approach could be an effective tool for confronting and reducing the opioid epidemic in our communities and helping to prevent future crimes and costly re-incarceration, which is rapidly consuming the Department of Justice's budget.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/848132/stivers-requests-holder-expand-ohio-pilot-program-nationwide (votesmart.org)

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  • “H. Res. 38 serves as a down payment toward more responsible government by returning funding to 2008 levels before the expensive and unsuccessful taxpayer-funded bailouts and stimulus programs were put into place.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/581357/stivers-votes-to-cut-government-spending/?search=Stimulus#.VjOWsmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Because of the astronomical spending over the past years, our national debt now stands at around $18 trillion and counting. I have two young children, and their shares of the national debt are more than $50,000 each. This is alarming, and Congress has an obligation to make the tough decisions to reduce federal spending and the size of government so we can provide our children with a better future." http://stivers.house.gov/issues/cutspending/ (stivers.house.gov)
  • "That is why on August 2, 2011, I voted for the Budget Control Act which reflects the principles of cut, cap and balance, and enforces discretionary spending caps to cut and restrain spending over the next 10 years, with no new taxes." http://stivers.house.gov/issues/debt/ (stivers.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VaPoUPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "An independent study from Ernst and Young revealed the possible tax hikes in January 2013 will cost our economy roughly 700,000 jobs. That is why I was proud to vote today to stop what would amount to the largest tax hike in history. This tax increase would be a direct attack on small businesses and American families. We don't need higher taxes, we need a simpler, pro-growth tax code that helps create jobs and put Americans back to work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/733365/stivers-statement-on-voting-to-extend-tax-cuts (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress also needs to lower the corporate tax rates to remain competitive, in the world economy. We cannot compete with other countries without being innovative and matching the incentives of other nations. If we want to bring jobs back here to the United States, we must take the necessary steps to reduce both taxes and regulations on our businesses." http://stivers.house.gov/issues/jobs/ (stivers.house.gov)

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

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VaPmTPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VaPm1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • “The President's veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline is bad for jobs, bad for America and bad for our energy independence.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958821/stivers-statement-on-veto-of-keystone-pipeline/?search=xl#.VcJS53UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “Congress has been working to pass their version of an energy plan (cap and trade), but the American people should not be fooled. What Congress has passed amounts to another tax on families and another job killer in our communities, especially here in Ohio. Our country cannot afford a direct hit to our domestic energy industry and Ohio families cannot afford higher electric bills.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504584/issue-position-energy#.VcJUg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “The United States needs an all-of-the-above energy plan that includes everything from renewable energy to clean coal to expanding drilling here at home. In Congress, I have fought back against burdensome regulations that would kill American jobs and only serve to stifle all our efforts to create a truly diverse energy portfolio.” http://www.stevestivers.com/issues (www.stevestivers.com)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 “A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/45333/steve-stivers/37 (votesmart.org)
  • “I am and will continue to be a strong defender of our Second Amendment rights afforded to us in the US Constitution.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504583/issue-position-the-second-amendment#.VcJVj3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 “Prohibits the District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)

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  • 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" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VaPp2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Starting with the disaster of the website rollout in October of 2013, Obamacare has been a debacle from the start.” http://www.stevestivers.com/issues (www.stevestivers.com)
  • “The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the President's health care law is a disappointment. The health care law is a huge burden that has hurt our economy by driving up costs and making it less likely that businesses will hire new employees, as well as placing a crushing financial burden onto future generations. We need to fully repeal this law and move forward with a deliberate, thoughtful approach that reduces the cost of health care across the board.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/712376/stivers-statement-on-health-care-decision#.VcJWPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VaPv9flViko (votesmart.org)

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

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  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/45333/steve-stivers/76#.VcJYf3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "You know, I believe marriage is between one man and one woman, but that's the president's choice to do what he thinks is right." http://www.nbcnews.com/video/msnbc/47360775#47360775 (www.nbcnews.com)

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  • "I'm opposed to privatization of the system: I think President Bush was wrong on that. I think we have to work together and stop politicalizing Social Security and Congress has to stop spending the money in the Social Security trust fund." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/380388/#.VabNXflViko (votesmart.org)
  • “The promises made to our seniors must be promises kept, which is why I oppose privatizing social security and oppose raising the retirement age as a way of stretching benefits.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/553924/issue-position-protecting-social-security#.VcJbk3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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