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Dennis Ross' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Dennis Ross has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 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 2016.

  • Voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (
  • "I will use my position to advocate for the defeat of any federal statute or decision that attempts to reach beyond the scope of the federal government, as well as continue to advocate for a pro-family and pro-life agenda." (
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Dennis Ross, pledge to the taxpayers of the 15th district of the state of Florida and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
  • "Rather than bailing out Washington with another tax increase, Congress should work hard to ensure Americans keep as much of their paychecks as possible to spend and save as they see fit." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Let's face it, the federal government wastes way too much of your tax dollars, and we spend more than we have." (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
  • "Today, I voted in favor of a surface transportation reauthorization package that will strengthen our economy and provide states long-term certainty and flexibility for much-needed infrastructure projects. The bill reforms transportation programs, refocuses on national priorities, streamlines project approval processes, and maintains a strong commitment to safety. This package is fully paid for and ensures fiscal responsibility without raising taxes." (
  • Voted in favor H.R.37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" (
  • "I believe, as President Kennedy and President Reagan demonstrated, that keeping marginal income taxes and taxes on capital low, the economy grows." (
  • "The provisions in this bill will prevent a significant immediate tax increase on millions of Americans by allowing state sales tax deductions, providing small business tax relief, and offering incentives for innovation. By delivering permanent tax relief to America's job creators, this legislation will make it easier for employers to plan ahead, hire new workers, grow their businesses, and invest in their communities." (
  • "I SUPPORT […] Eliminating all primary and secondary federal education regulation. […] Returning all primary and secondary education control back to the States and ending mandates." (
  • "I supported the most substantial education reform in 25 years that replaces No Child Left Behind and returns power over education decisions back to the states, local governments and parents -- where it belongs. This reform also once and for all prevents the federal government from coercing states into implementing common core." (
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" (
  • "It is unacceptable that President Obama continues to obstruct the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline." (
  • "As much as we would love to go to a renewable fuel economy tomorrow, that is not going to happen, regardless of promises or 'green jobs' gimmicks. In addition, for domestic energy needs, we must expand the use of clean and efficient nuclear power and invest in research for future nuclear power, like fusion energy." (
  • "Lastly, we must stop feeding the notion that government can force innovation and create green jobs and, instead, let entrepreneurs create the future by removing taxes on capital and stop trying to pick winners and losers." (
  • "I support an 'all of the above' energy policy that pursues both traditional and new sources of energy, in everything from oil and natural gas and nuclear to wind and solar power." (
  • "WITH THOSE PRINCIPLES TO GUIDE ME, I SUPPORT - […] Robust opposition to Cap and Trade." (
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Dennis Ross, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Florida and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (
  • 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" (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
  • "I SUPPORT […] The Second Amendment which provides the right to keep and bear arms by all law-abiding citizens." (
  • 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" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.45 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "Since first being elected into Congress more than five years ago, I have tirelessly fought to repeal and replace ObamaCare, which has drastically raised the cost of health care and was sold to the American people with broken promises." (
  • "To that end, we must: […] Offer a time period for those illegally in the US to return to their homeland before a 'no return' penalty begins." (
  • "I am not an advocate of amnesty." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
  • "I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that respect for life, and a common sense of right and wrong should be reflected in our government." (
  • "I truly believe that we, as a nation, must never forget that our rights come from the Almighty, and that the Judeo-Christian values that have sustained humanity for millenia; marriage between a man and a woman […] should be reflected in our government." (
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "While I voted in favor of the amendment authorizing President Obama to begin facilitating Syrian rebel combat training, this was not my ideal strategy for how to defeat ISIL. This amendment is a step in the right direction, but the time has come to make the next move. Every day that President Obama does not take bold and aggressive action toward demolishing ISIL, is another day that our national security and American lives are in jeopardy." (
  • "I believe that we must increase the rate of return for those under 55 by offering citizens the same voluntary option federal workers receive that allow them to invest in a few funds that are safe and historically have returned far greater benefits than the 1.5% of Social Security." (
  • "For those under 55, Social Security presents a problem. […] However, as pointed out by the Cato Institute, over the last 80 years, private investment in the United States has earned an average annual return of nearly 8 percent." (

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