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Bobby Schilling's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Bobby Schilling has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 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 2020.

  • "Bobby believes that life begins at conception. In Congress he will work to finally defund Planned Parenthood and call out the establishment Republicans who pretend to support life but never vote that way." (
  • "Bobby is pro-life, and he supports common sense, reasonable restrictions on abortion. The most basic rule of law tells us that it is wrong for one person to take the life of another person, no matter their stage in life." (
  • "In order to continue to generate economic growth, we must pass tax reform that increases the incentives to work, save, invest, and start businesses." (
  • Signed a pledge stating: "Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011." (
  • "In 2011, the Medicare Trustees released a report stating that Medicare would begin paying out more than it takes in by 2024, and that the Medicare trust fund would be completely depleted shortly after that if no preventative measures are taken. Doing nothing at this point would mean bankrupting Medicare." (
  • "I believe that we must look at bipartisan reform to keep Social Security solvent and protected for current seniors and for future retirees. As part of that reform, I will oppose any changes to benefits for those 55 years of age and older." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Today's transportation bill is a win for communities in Illinois and throughout America," Schilling said. "I'm pleased that the bill we voted on today provides certainty to states, communities, and the construction community of continued federal support for transportation projects, and am particularly pleased that it includes Programs of National and Regional Significance. Dave and I have been working hard on this, and I'm hopeful that we can continue working across the river and across the aisle to move the I-74 Bridge project and other transportation priorities forward. Preserving our roads and bridges isn't a Republican issue or a Democrat issue, but a red, white and blue issue." (
  • "This bridge fits the important criteria of fixing our crumbling infrastructure, creating jobs and supporting our economic recovery, and we encourage you to include the I-74 Bridge in this plan for funds in each state that will not be used for their original purpose." (
  • "I'm also backing legislation that offers manufacturers incentives to invest in equipment, training, and expanding jobs here in the U.S. We have to lower the corporate tax rate and knock down trade barriers so our country's job creators and American workers can be competitive on the world stage." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Parents must take responsibility for their children's education and lawmakers must take a step back from creating more regulations that make it harder for teachers to teach. Teaching students takes place at the local level, and that is where decisions regarding instruction and funding need to be made. The A-PLUS Act, which has been introduced in Congress, would return authority to the state level by allowing states to opt out of No Child Left Behind. States and local governments would have greater control of federal education funds to use on local priorities. States could end ineffective or inefficient federal programs and direct funds toward greater needs." (
  • "We can't afford to take anything off the table. We need an all-of-the-above energy policy that increases American oil supply, modernizes our energy infrastructure, and puts us on a path towards renewable energy." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3409 - Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012. (
  • "Schilling supported H.R. 910 to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from instituting a backdoor national energy tax to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Schilling has argued this policy, known as "Cap and Trade," would destroy industry and cost our country millions of jobs." (
  • "Bobby Schilling believes it is the responsibility of our elected officials to uphold the Second Amendment, although we have seen attempts by Washington to usurp that critical liberty in the recent past. Bobby knows that the right to defend ones' self is paramount to sustaining a free society. He will continue to be a champion of the right to bear arms." (
  • " He knows that the Second Amendment defends all of the rest of our fundamental freedoms. In Congress he will defend our freedoms from gun-grabbers in both parties because tyranny is always just around the corner." (
  • "We believe in America, don't let Obamacare take our freedom" (
  • "Obamacare is perhaps the greatest threat to the middle class we've ever seen. We must repeal it and replace it with real, bipartisan health care reform that will work for all Americans." -- Bobby Schilling" (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Bobby will fight in Congress to build the wall, deport criminal illegals, reform legal immigration, and keep America secure." (
  • "This was preventable. Secure the border and build the wall. #IA02" (
  • "I will not support any bill that contains amnesty." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Significant progress has been made in Afghanistan since the surge of 2009. Our troops have developed relationships with local leaders, seized momentum by killing or capturing terrorist cells, and established stability in regions that were once very contentious," Schilling said. "It is of utmost importance that any drawdown of troops take place responsibly and at a strategic pace. It must take place in a manner that will not put remaining forces at risk or negate recent gains that American forces and the Afghan National Army have been able to achieve." (
  • "I agree with Lindsay Greiner of @IowaSoybeans . Our great farmers are counting on Congress to pass the #USMCA. It’s time for the Democrats to stop dragging their feet. Iowans are depending on it!" (

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