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Peter Roskam's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 6, Republican
Peter Roskam 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

  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of H.R.4712 "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/62250#.WmuSNHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam/75#.WmuSXnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Peter is unapologetically pro-life and consistently ranks among Congress's strongest advocates for the unborn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1112834/issue-position-family#.WjKX1We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of H.R.4712 "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/62250#.WmuSNHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam/75#.WmuSXnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Peter is unapologetically pro-life and consistently ranks among Congress's strongest advocates for the unborn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1112834/issue-position-family#.WjKX1We3wfI (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

  • "Tax increases in a down economy don't work. Our families need to keep their money now." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/883434/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy/?search=tax%20increase#.WmuTKnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Tax increases in a down economy don't work. Our families need to keep their money now." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/883434/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy/?search=tax%20increase#.WmuTKnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "For decades Americans have struggled under the weight of a broken tax code that hurt middle- and lower-income families -- maintaining a status quo that has punished so many and rewarded so few was not an option. Congress stood strong against those who demanded we hold on to an unfair system and instead, came together to deliver real tax relief for millions of Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214486/rep-roskam-praises-the-passage-of-major-tax-reform-legislation-that-benefits-hardworking-taxpayers-and-small-businesses#.WmuSyHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "For decades Americans have struggled under the weight of a broken tax code that hurt middle- and lower-income families -- maintaining a status quo that has punished so many and rewarded so few was not an option. Congress stood strong against those who demanded we hold on to an unfair system and instead, came together to deliver real tax relief for millions of Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214486/rep-roskam-praises-the-passage-of-major-tax-reform-legislation-that-benefits-hardworking-taxpayers-and-small-businesses#.WmuSyHXLAfI (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 0% by Friends Committee on National Legislation https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam/32#.WmuhxHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Friends Committee on National Legislation https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam/32#.WmuhxHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm proud to support an NDAA that strengthens and begins to rebuild our nation's military. We live in an increasingly unstable world and our brave men and women in uniform must have the support and resources to meet any and all threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1087010/strengthening-and-rebuilding-our-military#.WjKgyGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm proud to support an NDAA that strengthens and begins to rebuild our nation's military. We live in an increasingly unstable world and our brave men and women in uniform must have the support and resources to meet any and all threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1087010/strengthening-and-rebuilding-our-military#.WjKgyGe3wfI (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/6382/peter-roskam#.WjKnXGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam#.WjKnXGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Stopping the spending madness in Washington and getting our debt under control is critical to our economic recovery." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/662583/issue-position-jobs-the-economy/?search=stimulus#.WjKgKWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Rescind unspent stimulus funds […] We were promised that a $1 trillion stimulus package would keep unemployment below 8%, but the stimulus has clearly failed. Instead, unemployment lingers near 10% nationally, and over 10% in our area." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/883445/issue-position-government-spending-and-debt/?search=stimulus#.WjKfiGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Stopping the spending madness in Washington and getting our debt under control is critical to our economic recovery." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/662583/issue-position-jobs-the-economy/?search=stimulus#.WjKgKWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am very pleased this highway bill has finally crossed the finish line. Today, we passed legislation that will support important local transportation projects and will provide certainty so businesses and local governments can invest in their communities." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/713761/roskam-applauds-passage-of-highway-bill#.WmuUSnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Rescind unspent stimulus funds […] We were promised that a $1 trillion stimulus package would keep unemployment below 8%, but the stimulus has clearly failed. Instead, unemployment lingers near 10% nationally, and over 10% in our area." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/883445/issue-position-government-spending-and-debt/?search=stimulus#.WjKfiGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am very pleased this highway bill has finally crossed the finish line. Today, we passed legislation that will support important local transportation projects and will provide certainty so businesses and local governments can invest in their communities." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/713761/roskam-applauds-passage-of-highway-bill#.WmuUSnXLAfI (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

  • "The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. This trend will continue to jeopardize our economy and cost us jobs unless we address it." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1112825/issue-position-tax-reform/?search=corporate%20tax#.WmuVd3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/62174#.WmuU-nXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. This trend will continue to jeopardize our economy and cost us jobs unless we address it." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1112825/issue-position-tax-reform/?search=corporate%20tax#.WmuVd3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/62174#.WmuU-nXLAfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam/27#.WmuWXHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam/27#.WmuWXHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We need reform that restores local control of education, empowers students and parents, allows teachers to teach, and protects taxpayer dollars." http://roskam.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/roskam-meets-with-local-education-officials-about-no-child-left-behind (roskam.house.gov)
  • "We need reform that restores local control of education, empowers students and parents, allows teachers to teach, and protects taxpayer dollars." http://roskam.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/roskam-meets-with-local-education-officials-about-no-child-left-behind (roskam.house.gov)
Yes 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

  • "What we need is an energy policy that sets the stage so the best idea and the best science win the day. A true all-of-the-above strategy is critical, because energy independence will not happen through just one source." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1027939/issue-position-energy#.WmuYdnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam/29#.WmuY2XXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "What we need is an energy policy that sets the stage so the best idea and the best science win the day. A true all-of-the-above strategy is critical, because energy independence will not happen through just one source." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1027939/issue-position-energy#.WmuYdnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam/29#.WmuY2XXLAfI (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.R.806 "Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/60587#.WmuakHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "New national energy taxes like cap-and-trade will make the cost of energy skyrocket and kill jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/883434/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VYyDznUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam/30#.Wmua43XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.806 "Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/60587#.WmuakHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "New national energy taxes like cap-and-trade will make the cost of energy skyrocket and kill jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/883434/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VYyDznUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam/30#.Wmua43XLAfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.1181 "Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/58745#.Wmucq3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam/37#.WmubdHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1181 "Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/58745#.Wmucq3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Yesterday, I cast a 'no' vote on H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. While a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I opposed this legislation because it would allow out of state individuals with no license, no permit and no training to carry a concealed weapon in Illinois. By mandating federal concealed carry reciprocity, H.R. 38 would force Illinois to permit visitors from states with incredibly lax or nonexistent concealed carry licensing requirements to legally carry in our communities." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214483/rep-roskam-releases-statement-on-no-vote-on-reciprocity-act#.WmubLHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam/37#.WmubdHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Yesterday, I cast a 'no' vote on H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. While a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I opposed this legislation because it would allow out of state individuals with no license, no permit and no training to carry a concealed weapon in Illinois. By mandating federal concealed carry reciprocity, H.R. 38 would force Illinois to permit visitors from states with incredibly lax or nonexistent concealed carry licensing requirements to legally carry in our communities." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214483/rep-roskam-releases-statement-on-no-vote-on-reciprocity-act#.WmubLHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Following through on our commitment to responsibly repeal and replace Obamacare, my colleagues and I are pleased to introduce the American Health Care Act." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162271/introducing-the-american-health-care-act#.WmudA3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Following through on our commitment to responsibly repeal and replace Obamacare, my colleagues and I are pleased to introduce the American Health Care Act." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162271/introducing-the-american-health-care-act#.WmudA3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/59189#.Wmudx3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/59189#.Wmudx3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Any efforts to reform our country's immigration system must start with border security. The federal government has been derelict in its duty to secure our borders and the result is a serious threat to our national security." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1112805/issue-position-national-security-and-borders/?search=border#.WjKcKGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Daily Herald "They (walls) don't make much sense out in the middle of nowhere […] They're just not particularly effective." http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160223/news/160229545/ (www.dailyherald.com)
  • Daily Herald "They (walls) don't make much sense out in the middle of nowhere […] They're just not particularly effective." http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160223/news/160229545/ (www.dailyherald.com)
  • "Any efforts to reform our country's immigration system must start with border security. The federal government has been derelict in its duty to secure our borders and the result is a serious threat to our national security." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1112805/issue-position-national-security-and-borders/?search=border#.WjKcKGe3wfI (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 17% by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam#.WjKZL2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam#.WjKZL2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam#.WjKZL2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6382/peter-roskam#.WjKZL2e3wfI (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

  • "As Co-Chairs of the Korea Caucus, we remain steadfastly committed to defending and strengthening the U.S.-Korea alliance. Our relationship was forged on the battlefield nearly seven decades ago and now forms a lynchpin of U.S. foreign policy in the Asia Pacific region. Through our shared values of democracy, free markets, and the rule of law, we will continue to ensure peace and prosperity in the region and stand resolutely against North Korean aggression." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162231/korea-caucus-congratulates-president-elect-moon-jae-in/#.WmufB3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As Co-Chairs of the Korea Caucus, we remain steadfastly committed to defending and strengthening the U.S.-Korea alliance. Our relationship was forged on the battlefield nearly seven decades ago and now forms a lynchpin of U.S. foreign policy in the Asia Pacific region. Through our shared values of democracy, free markets, and the rule of law, we will continue to ensure peace and prosperity in the region and stand resolutely against North Korean aggression." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162231/korea-caucus-congratulates-president-elect-moon-jae-in/#.WmufB3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This event and the continuing threat of another North Korean nuclear test reminds us of the importance of our deep and enduring alliance with the Republic of Korea. This North Korean hostility needs to be met with condemnation and direct pressure from the United States and our allies." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/685025/roskam-statement-on-north-korean-missle-launch/?search=north%20korea#.WjKinWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This event and the continuing threat of another North Korean nuclear test reminds us of the importance of our deep and enduring alliance with the Republic of Korea. This North Korean hostility needs to be met with condemnation and direct pressure from the United States and our allies." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/685025/roskam-statement-on-north-korean-missle-launch/?search=north%20korea#.WjKinWe3wfI (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 need a comprehensive strategy to end the tyrannical reign of the Assad family and free the Syrian people from the grip of Iran and Russia. Moving forward, the Administration should work closely with Congress toward that end." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162249/roskam-statement-on-us-military-actions-against-assad#.WjKgoGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We need a comprehensive strategy to end the tyrannical reign of the Assad family and free the Syrian people from the grip of Iran and Russia. Moving forward, the Administration should work closely with Congress toward that end." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162249/roskam-statement-on-us-military-actions-against-assad#.WjKgoGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will continue to closely monitor the Administration's actions, and press them to carry out their objective to degrade and destroy ISIL. Allowing ISIL to establish a safe haven in the Middle East will only increase the threat, make our options worse and the decisions even harder." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/931190/roskam-the-threat-we-face-from-isil-is-real#.WjKhE2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will continue to closely monitor the Administration's actions, and press them to carry out their objective to degrade and destroy ISIL. Allowing ISIL to establish a safe haven in the Middle East will only increase the threat, make our options worse and the decisions even harder." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/931190/roskam-the-threat-we-face-from-isil-is-real#.WjKhE2e3wfI (votesmart.org)

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