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Matt Rosendale's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (MT) - District 2

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Issue Positions

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  • Signed Letter to Speaker Pelosi: "We write to express our unified opposition to Congressional Democrats' efforts to repeal the Hyde Amendment and other current-law, pro-life appropriations provisions. As part of their pro-abortion crusade, Democrats have taken direct aim at these long-standing, bipartisan protections that generally prevent the federal government from using taxpayer dollars to support abortion procedures. Repealing these pro-life provisions would destroy nearly half a century of bipartisan consensus. Each year since 1976, Congress has included Hyde protections in annually enacted appropriations. No president in American history has ever vetoed an appropriations bill due to its inclusion of the Hyde Amendment." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "As Democrats continue to push a pro-abortion agenda, I will continue to fight for the lives of the unborn and oppose any pro-abortion legislation that may come to the floor in the coming weeks. #prolife" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 3755 - Women's Health Protection Act of 2021 (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Here at Aqua Creek in Missoula where thanks to tax cuts, Brian hired new folks and is expanding their facility. Can't argue with those RESULTS... yet that's exactly what @jontester voted AGAINST. #DefeatTester #MontanaFirst #MAGA #mtsen #mtpol" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "According to @JonTester, lower taxes and bigger paychecks are BAD for Montanans. He voted AGAINST the Trump Tax Cuts. Well, I believe you deserve to KEEP more of your hard-earned money. #DefeatTester #DrainTheSwamp #TwoFacedTester #MAGA #mtsen #mtpol" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Matt will always honor our commitment to Montana seniors. Both of Matt's parents received these benefits and he knows countless Montanans who depend on this safety net to make ends meet. Matt will always fight to protect these vital programs for Montana's seniors." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S 610 - Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""If this legislation is passed it will massively undermine free and fair elections in the United States," said Representative Rosendale. "The bill provides taxpayer funding for political campaigns, provides automatic voter registration, dramatically expands mail-in voting, and eliminates photo ID requirements to vote, among other dangerous policies. Restoring faith in our electoral process is crucial, especially after the most recent election. This bill does the opposite."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 - For the People Act of 2021 (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Last night, I voted against the far-left George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. It would revoke important protections, leaving cops without the legal protections that help them protect us from criminals." (twitter.com)
  • ""In any given split-second, an officer on the beat might have to make a decision that balances his safety, the public's safety, and the need to enforce the law," said Representative Rosendale. "We give the police some degree of protection from lawsuits because these judgement calls in life-or-death situations are very difficult to evaluate fairly from the safety of a courtroom long after the fact. The bill would revoke this important protection, leaving cops without the legal protections that help them protect us from criminals."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1280 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I will not vote for a NDAA that forces America’s daughters to enter the draft and I will not vote for any government funding bill that allows Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates to stand." (twitter.com)
  • "I believe one of the best ways to maintain peace is through ensuring the strength of our military. However, I am not in favor of increasing spending in any area of government before a thorough evaluation of every budget line item has been conducted. I believe we must identify and cut waste and programs that don't further our strategic goals before we throw more money at a problem." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S 1605 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 - (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 5376 - Build Back Better Act (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The federal government must rein in spending and incentivize people to return to work to help curb labor shortages and supply chain issues." (twitter.com)
  • "Why aren't we considering the Keystone Pipeline part of infrastructure that we can invest in? That made permanent jobs right here in America and was not being built at the expense of the taxpayer." (twitter.com)
  • "Here at Aqua Creek in Missoula where thanks to tax cuts, Brian hired new folks and is expanding their facility. Can't argue with those RESULTS... yet that's exactly what @jontester voted AGAINST. #DefeatTester #MontanaFirst #MAGA #mtsen #mtpol" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "During the COVID-19 crisis, government intervened in the economy to order a shutdown of businesses. While done with public safety in mind, this government action exacerbated the economic consequences of the virus for businesses across our country. Because of that, I believe it is the government's responsibility to provide relief to those adversely impacted by their decisions." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against on HR 1319 - American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 - (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Mt. Family Foundation presenting program for School Choice Week in Billings. Ultimately, parents should have final word. #education #mtpol (twitter.com)
  • "I believe the government which governs least, governs best. I believe we need to return control of education to states, local school districts and parents. A national one-size-fits-all curriculum is not best for Montana students, and bureaucrats in Washington do not know better than school superintendents, teachers and parents." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We are seeing market forces lead to innovation and the development of new green technology that emits less greenhouse gas and is more energy efficient. This trend will continue, and I do not believe additional federal regulation is necessary or desirable." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We are seeing market forces lead to innovation and the development of new green technology that emits less greenhouse gas and is more energy efficient. This trend will continue, and I do not believe additional federal regulation is necessary or desirable." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "President Biden's decision to re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement only places more regulations on the American economy if countries, like China, receive no repercussions for their effortless attempts to curb greenhouse emissions." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Independent Petroleum Association of America. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1446 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Our Montana way of life is under assault. I’m proud to receive an ‘A’ rating from the NRA for my firm stance on our right to keep & bear arms. Our 2nd Amendment Rights are NOT up for negotiation – period. I'll never back down from defending our constitutional rights. (twitter.com)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (NRA). (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • You're absolutely right, Will! I'll always protect our 2nd Amendment Rights! (twitter.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "During the COVID-19 crisis, it was the government that ordered a shutdown of businesses. Businesses should not be required to provide paid leave, especially at a time when they are not able to generate income due to a government-mandated shutdown. Requiring this would put an even bigger strain on businesses in a time of crisis and cause many small and medium sized business to close permanently." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NumbersUSA. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • I don’t want to see families separated so that’s why we need to get tough and enforce our laws. We need to bring law and order back to this country, secure our border, and build that wall. We have an obligation to put AMERICA FIRST – not illegal immigrants. (twitter.com)
  • Radical liberals like @JonTester are pushing dangerous policies like open borders and sanctuary cities. I’ll stand with @realDonaldTrump to secure the border, build the wall, end sanctuary cites and enforce our laws! (twitter.com)
  • Support from Boulder, MT! You know it - I will always stand up for our Montana values and support President Trump to Make America Great Again! Let's BUILD THE WALL and protect our GUN RIGHTS! (twitter.com)
  • Support from Boulder, MT! You know it - I will always stand up for our Montana values and support President Trump to Make America Great Again! Let's BUILD THE WALL and protect our GUN RIGHTS! (twitter.com)
  • I don’t want to see families separated so that’s why we need to get tough and enforce our laws. We need to bring law and order back to this country, secure our border, and build that wall. We have an obligation to put AMERICA FIRST – not illegal immigrants. (twitter.com)
  • Radical liberals like @JonTester are pushing dangerous policies like open borders and sanctuary cities. I’ll stand with @realDonaldTrump to secure the border, build the wall, end sanctuary cites and enforce our laws! (twitter.com)
  • "We are first and foremost a nation of laws, and we need to make sure those who come to this country are respectful of those laws. Letting illegal immigrants skip the line is not fair to legal immigrants who have done things the right way, gone through the established process, and waited their turn." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that a strong national defense is needed to protect the homeland and defend key American interests around the world. However, that does not mean we have to be the arbiter of international conflicts that have nothing to do with our country. I strongly oppose endless wars and America acting as the world's police force." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 256 - To Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that a strong national defense is needed to protect the homeland and defend key American interests around the world. However, that does not mean we have to be the arbiter of international conflicts that have nothing to do with our country. I strongly oppose endless wars and America acting as the world's police force." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""After almost 20 years, we are finally beginning the process of ending the Iraq war for good," Representative Rosendale said. "The United States should not be involved in endless wars, and we should not be sending our men and women in uniform into harm's way without specific goals to accomplish. The time is long overdue to repeal this law. I was proud to vote to end this forever war, and I'm glad Congress was able to pass this bipartisan bill."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 256 - To Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7108 - Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus Act (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • I was honored to be invited by President Trump to attend this historic event. The USMCA is a trade deal that puts America first & gives a much-needed boost to our Montana farmers, ranchers & businesses. This is a great day for Montana agriculture & a huge win for Montana (twitter.com)
  • "I believe our trade policy should be focused on reducing and removing barriers to international commerce, because in the end the cost of those barriers is borne by the American consumer." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
Pro-life Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yes Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
No Do you support increasing defense spending?
I believe one of the best ways to maintain peace is through ensuring the strength of our military. However, I am not in favor of increasing spending in any area of government before a thorough evaluation of every budget line item has been conducted. I believe we must identify and cut waste and programs that don't further our strategic goals before we throw more money at a problem.
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
During the COVID-19 crisis, government intervened in the economy to order a shutdown of businesses. While done with public safety in mind, this government action exacerbated the economic consequences of the virus for businesses across our country. Because of that, I believe it is the government's responsibility to provide relief to those adversely impacted by their decisions.
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
I believe the government which governs least, governs best. I believe we need to return control of education to states, local school districts and parents. A national one-size-fits-all curriculum is not best for Montana students, and bureaucrats in Washington do not know better than school superintendents, teachers and parents.
No Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
We are seeing market forces lead to innovation and the development of new green technology that emits less greenhouse gas and is more energy efficient. This trend will continue, and I do not believe additional federal regulation is necessary or desirable.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
No Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
During the COVID-19 crisis, it was the government that ordered a shutdown of businesses. Businesses should not be required to provide paid leave, especially at a time when they are not able to generate income due to a government-mandated shutdown. Requiring this would put an even bigger strain on businesses in a time of crisis and cause many small and medium sized business to close permanently.
Yes Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
Yes Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
We are first and foremost a nation of laws, and we need to make sure those who come to this country are respectful of those laws. Letting illegal immigrants skip the line is not fair to legal immigrants who have done things the right way, gone through the established process, and waited their turn.
Yes Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
Yes Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
I believe that a strong national defense is needed to protect the homeland and defend key American interests around the world. However, that does not mean we have to be the arbiter of international conflicts that have nothing to do with our country. I strongly oppose endless wars and America acting as the world's police force.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
I believe our trade policy should be focused on reducing and removing barriers to international commerce, because in the end the cost of those barriers is borne by the American consumer.
If elected, one of my top priorities will be to propose the "Truth in Legislation Act". This legislation would limit the contents of a bill to only issues described in the bills title, which would help eliminate the corrupt practice of "buying" votes, reduce spending, and promote government transparency. Another top priority is a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It's become clear over the last two decades that the career politicians in Congress have no interest in living within our means. We need to amend our constitution to make them.

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