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Martha Roby's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 2, Republican
On The Ballot: Won, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
Martha Roby 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

  • "It's no secret that I'm unapologetically pro-life, and I oppose abortion at any stage." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1205916/taking-a-stand-for-life/?search=pro-life#.Ws5XwmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/9704#.WcUfOGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As a prominent leader in the pro-life movement, Martha Roby has fought to increase protections for the unborn and expose the brutality of the abortion industry." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1031379/issue-position-pro-life-and-defunding-planned-parenthood#.WcUfZme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It's no secret that I'm unapologetically pro-life, and I oppose abortion at any stage." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1205916/taking-a-stand-for-life/?search=pro-life#.Ws5XwmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/9704#.WcUfOGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As a prominent leader in the pro-life movement, Martha Roby has fought to increase protections for the unborn and expose the brutality of the abortion industry." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1031379/issue-position-pro-life-and-defunding-planned-parenthood#.WcUfZme3wfI (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'm really pleased that President Trump released a proposal for tax reform. […] This week President Trump released a blueprint of tax reform proposals that included making the corporate tax rate more competitive, cutting the number of tax brackets from seven to three, and doubling the standard deduction." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183697/roby-reacts-to-trumps-tax-reform-proposal#.WcUf9me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "But we are also remaining focused on an all-of-the-above energy approach; repealing ObamaCare so that I can make those decisions with my doctor about what's best for me; a fairer, simpler Tax Code that we know will help all Americans. We've got to ease burdens and regulations so that businesses can create more jobs instead of having to worry about the ones that they're going to lose." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/800259/solutions-for-our-country/?search=stimulus#.Ws5Zt2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm really pleased that President Trump released a proposal for tax reform. […] This week President Trump released a blueprint of tax reform proposals that included making the corporate tax rate more competitive, cutting the number of tax brackets from seven to three, and doubling the standard deduction." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183697/roby-reacts-to-trumps-tax-reform-proposal#.WcUf9me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating: " […] I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=income%20tax#.Ws5X62dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "But we are also remaining focused on an all-of-the-above energy approach; repealing ObamaCare so that I can make those decisions with my doctor about what's best for me; a fairer, simpler Tax Code that we know will help all Americans. We've got to ease burdens and regulations so that businesses can create more jobs instead of having to worry about the ones that they're going to lose." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/800259/solutions-for-our-country/?search=stimulus#.Ws5Zt2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating: " […] I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=income%20tax#.Ws5X62dyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I was proud to vote in favor of the NDAA because I know how critical it is that Congress provide our military with every tool they need to do their jobs and keep our country safe. I will always work to ensure that our military is properly funded." https://twitter.com/TeamRoby/status/1000147931763179520 (twitter.com)
  • "We all agree - finding savings at the pentagon is possible, and my colleagues and I have already voted to cut defense spending by more than $400 billion. However, the degree of cuts that will be caused by this automatic trigger goes much too far and will result in a hollowed out U.S. military. We cannot accept that outcome." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/885556/issue-position-defense-and-national-security/?search=defense%20spending#.Ws5YJWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Each year I have served in Congress I have opposed proposals that drastically and unfairly cut military spending, including pay that members of the armed services and their families depend on. Instead, I have worked with my colleagues to build support for strong military funding that properly provides for those who serve and have served in uniform." https://roby.house.gov/legislative-issues/defense-and-national-security (roby.house.gov)
  • "We all agree - finding savings at the pentagon is possible, and my colleagues and I have already voted to cut defense spending by more than $400 billion. However, the degree of cuts that will be caused by this automatic trigger goes much too far and will result in a hollowed out U.S. military. We cannot accept that outcome." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/885556/issue-position-defense-and-national-security/?search=defense%20spending#.Ws5YJWdyIfI (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/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5ZXGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5ZXGdyIfI (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 have been an outspoken supporter of a Balanced Budget Amendment. Each Congress I have introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would require Congress to pass a balanced budget, forcing the federal government to live within its means and requiring the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress. A balanced budget amendment would restore fiscal common sense that regular Americans employ every day. It would also provide economic clarity and confidence for our nation." https://roby.house.gov/legislative-issues/budget-and-spending (roby.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

  • "As a conservative, Martha Roby knows that that lower taxes and fewer government regulations can unleash the private sector and help our economy flourish." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1031380/issue-position-more-jobs-and-stronger-economy#.WcUgo2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As a conservative, Martha Roby knows that that lower taxes and fewer government regulations can unleash the private sector and help our economy flourish." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1031380/issue-position-more-jobs-and-stronger-economy#.WcUgo2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/71604/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Ws5cOWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/71604/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Ws5cOWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Since coming to Congress, I've worked to replace 'No Child Left Behind' with policies that return decision-making back to states and local communities where it should be. I'm pleased to report that this week the House acted to do just that by passing H.R. 5, the 'Student Success Act.' This bill eliminates more than 65 ineffective, duplicative and unnecessary programs, replacing them with flexible grants that state and local districts can use to benefit students the best way they see fit." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/992466/column-replacing-no-child-left-behind#.WcUhTWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Since coming to Congress, I've worked to replace 'No Child Left Behind' with policies that return decision-making back to states and local communities where it should be. I'm pleased to report that this week the House acted to do just that by passing H.R. 5, the 'Student Success Act.' This bill eliminates more than 65 ineffective, duplicative and unnecessary programs, replacing them with flexible grants that state and local districts can use to benefit students the best way they see fit." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/992466/column-replacing-no-child-left-behind#.WcUhTWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Obama Administration is seeking to promote uniform federal regulations—developed by unelected, unaccountable officials at the Department of Education—on our local schools. However, Alabamians know our local educators are the best to determine the educational needs of our children and the ways to fulfill those needs on a daily basis." https://roby.house.gov/issue/education (roby.house.gov)
  • "The Obama Administration is seeking to promote uniform federal regulations—developed by unelected, unaccountable officials at the Department of Education—on our local schools. However, Alabamians know our local educators are the best to determine the educational needs of our children and the ways to fulfill those needs on a daily basis." https://roby.house.gov/issue/education (roby.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

  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5awmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We really have demonstrated our belief in our approach to an all-of-the-above energy plan." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/800259/solutions-for-our-country/?search=stimulus#.Ws5Zt2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "But we are also remaining focused on an all-of-the-above energy approach; repealing ObamaCare so that I can make those decisions with my doctor about what's best for me; a fairer, simpler Tax Code that we know will help all Americans. We've got to ease burdens and regulations so that businesses can create more jobs instead of having to worry about the ones that they're going to lose." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/800259/solutions-for-our-country/?search=stimulus#.Ws5Zt2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We really have demonstrated our belief in our approach to an all-of-the-above energy plan." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/800259/solutions-for-our-country/?search=stimulus#.Ws5Zt2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "But we are also remaining focused on an all-of-the-above energy approach; repealing ObamaCare so that I can make those decisions with my doctor about what's best for me; a fairer, simpler Tax Code that we know will help all Americans. We've got to ease burdens and regulations so that businesses can create more jobs instead of having to worry about the ones that they're going to lose." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/800259/solutions-for-our-country/?search=stimulus#.Ws5Zt2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5awmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It's no surprise that the EPA is once again going beyond its authority, pushing for overly burdensome regulations that have the potential to significantly affect our economy, discourage investment and stifle job creation.[...] As your representative, I will not let up on the EPA and will continue to support legislation to protect Alabama's interests." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1009137/blog-obamas-clean-power-plan#.WcUhqGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5awmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It's no surprise that the EPA is once again going beyond its authority, pushing for overly burdensome regulations that have the potential to significantly affect our economy, discourage investment and stifle job creation.[...] As your representative, I will not let up on the EPA and will continue to support legislation to protect Alabama's interests." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1009137/blog-obamas-clean-power-plan#.WcUhqGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5awmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5awmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama is wrong to try to bypass Congress to unilaterally mandate his gun control agenda, and it won't stand. I'm a gun owner myself, and I strongly value the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. I will fight on behalf of those I represent to stop any attempt to erode the Second Amendment rights of Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034676/roby-statement-on-obamas-executive-action-on-gun-control#.WcUiNme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5awmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5awmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5awmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama is wrong to try to bypass Congress to unilaterally mandate his gun control agenda, and it won't stand. I'm a gun owner myself, and I strongly value the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. I will fight on behalf of those I represent to stop any attempt to erode the Second Amendment rights of Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034676/roby-statement-on-obamas-executive-action-on-gun-control#.WcUiNme3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "But we are also remaining focused on an all-of-the-above energy approach; repealing ObamaCare so that I can make those decisions with my doctor about what's best for me; a fairer, simpler Tax Code that we know will help all Americans. We've got to ease burdens and regulations so that businesses can create more jobs instead of having to worry about the ones that they're going to lose." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/800259/solutions-for-our-country/?search=stimulus#.Ws5Zt2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "But we are also remaining focused on an all-of-the-above energy approach; repealing ObamaCare so that I can make those decisions with my doctor about what's best for me; a fairer, simpler Tax Code that we know will help all Americans. We've got to ease burdens and regulations so that businesses can create more jobs instead of having to worry about the ones that they're going to lose." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/800259/solutions-for-our-country/?search=stimulus#.Ws5Zt2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "'I am disheartened that I did not have the chance to be a voice for the people I serve. I fought hard for this bill, and I will continue to fight for those burdened by Obamacare.'" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1153812/roby-statement-on-withdrawal-of-health-care-bill#.WcUphWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "'I am disheartened that I did not have the chance to be a voice for the people I serve. I fought hard for this bill, and I will continue to fight for those burdened by Obamacare.'" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1153812/roby-statement-on-withdrawal-of-health-care-bill#.WcUphWe3wfI (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/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5awmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5awmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In addition, you might also recall that last year in the House we put a down payment on construction of the border wall by passing a funding bill called the Make America Prosperous and Secure Appropriations Act. The bill contains $1.6 billion for construction and security upgrades at the southern border, which was President Trump's full request for funding in Fiscal Year 2018. I was proud to support it, and I remain frustrated that Senate Democrats have yet to allow a vote on this vital funding for our border." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1225562/blog-fixing-the-leak/?search=border%20wall#.Ws5b0mdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In addition, you might also recall that last year in the House we put a down payment on construction of the border wall by passing a funding bill called the Make America Prosperous and Secure Appropriations Act. The bill contains $1.6 billion for construction and security upgrades at the southern border, which was President Trump's full request for funding in Fiscal Year 2018. I was proud to support it, and I remain frustrated that Senate Democrats have yet to allow a vote on this vital funding for our border." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1225562/blog-fixing-the-leak/?search=border%20wall#.Ws5b0mdyIfI (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

  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5awmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5awmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Obama Administration's DACA program illegally circumvented Congress and was one of many instances in which President Obama blatantly abused his executive authority. President Trump and Attorney General Sessions are right to phase out this program and allow Congress to craft the appropriate policy in an orderly and constitutional manner." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1193344/roby-statement-on-daca-announcement#.WcUj-We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Obama Administration's DACA program illegally circumvented Congress and was one of many instances in which President Obama blatantly abused his executive authority. President Trump and Attorney General Sessions are right to phase out this program and allow Congress to craft the appropriate policy in an orderly and constitutional manner." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1193344/roby-statement-on-daca-announcement#.WcUj-We3wfI (votesmart.org)
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/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5ZXGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5ZXGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5ZXGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71604/martha-roby#.Ws5ZXGdyIfI (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

  • "I strongly opposed this Obama-era executive agreement, and I support the Trump Administration's efforts to ensure that we truly end Iran's nuclear weapons program." http://www.wtvm.com/story/38143467/al-lawmakers-tweet-reactions-to-trumps-iran-deal-pullout (www.wtvm.com)
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

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

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