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Brad Wenstrup's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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


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Issue Positions

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  • "I am committed to pro-life advocacy and I feel that it is my obligation to protect the rights of all of my constituents, born and unborn." (
  • "Brad is pro-life and believes that life begins at conception" (
  • "As our country competes with the rest of the world in a 21st century global economy, it is essential that our tax policies do the same, and offer the opportunities for businesses of all sizes to grow, thrive, create jobs and increase take-home pay for hard working Americans so that they may seek their dreams. Our legislation was crafted with relief for working families and the middle class in mind." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance of Retired Americans. (
  • "In order to ensure that Medicare and Social Security remain viable for both today and tomorrow's seniors, I believe we need to preserve these programs for those in or near retirement and reform them for younger generations by increasing competition and empowering individuals to have more control over their care." (
  • "So while the House has made significant cuts to the discretionary part of our budget, we will not be on a fiscally sustainable path until we seriously repair the automatic spending programs that make up the bulk of our national spending. Since I came to Congress in 2013, I've consistently supported initiatives that would make much-needed changes to these programs, not only providing stability and security to Americans who rely on them, but also ensuring solvency for future generations while reducing costs for taxpayers." (
  • "While much of this work needs to be done at the state and local levels, there are steps we can take at the federal level to provide our localities with resources and guidance helpful in preventing injustices. I'm proud to support this results-oriented legislation that will improve transparency, accountability, training, and performance for law enforcement." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Over the last year, 80 members of the armed forces were killed in training mishaps as a direct result of the readiness crisis, attributed to lack of funding, training, or both. This is unacceptable." (
  • "The defense budget has been cut by over 20% since 2010, but the world has not become 20% safer. #FY18NDAA #Readiness #DefendOurDefenders" (
  • "Some of our major infrastructure projects take years to complete, and long term certainty from Congress will help fix our roads," Wenstrup said. "The House is working for the American people. After considering over 200 amendments, a bipartisan majority overwhelming passed the House's version that gives states and localities greater flexibility and works to speed up the completion of projects." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "[...] American businesses currently face the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. This policy repels new investment and job creation in the United States while pushing jobs overseas. I look forward to overhauling our broken tax code-- making the system simpler and fairer will reduce rates and spur economic growth." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6074 - Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • "I believe that Common Core will lead to ever-increasing federal control over our education system." (
  • "[...] Common Core's one-size-fits-all standards will damage our ability to address the varied needs of our students." (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • "I also believe the EPA's unilateral pursuit of regulatory action without congressional oversight, including the unaccountable attempt to regulate carbon, has created tremendous uncertainty for businesses and consumers at a time when we can least afford it." (
  • Rated 0% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "I have serious concerns that new and additional regulations would not only limit the rights of law-abiding Americans, but would also not solve the problem of gun violence in our nation." (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (
  • "As a doctor, I believe it would be malpractice to allow Obamacare to continue to crumble. It's time to get the ball rolling and send this bill to Senate." (
  • "Brad also strongly supports efforts to repeal Obamacare" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "These are the families I think about when someone calls a border wall immoral. As President Trump said in his address, we don’t build walls because we hate the people on the outside. It is because we love the people on the inside. But, really, we also love the people on the outside who want to come here legally to be part of our American family. This isn't about keeping people out of our country. This is about controlling access, so we know who and what is coming into our country." (
  • Rated 79% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6136, Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018, (
  • "I supported this legislation because it would have solved so many problems facing our nation. It enhances our border security, and promotes a legal immigration system similar to that of our forefathers. It focuses on naturalization and merit, not amnesty. While I am disappointed that The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act did not pass the House, I am encouraged that President Trump supported this legislation and remain committed to finding a legislative solution to fix the problems with our immigration system and national safety," said Congressman Brad Wenstrup." (
  • Rated 79% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "Iran's capture of U.S. sailors is a direct outcome of the ill-fated Iran Deal, which only empowers Iran's aggression." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We are hopeful your two-track strategy will convince Iran to change course and abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons. None of us desires military conflict, but as you yourself have acknowledged, we must keep all options on the table to prevent this dangerous regime from acquiring nuclear weapons." (
  • "There are better alternatives to the current deal that ensure we prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and reduce, rather than enhance, Iran's terrorist and ballistic capabilities. The statement by the administration that it is "this deal or war' is false and naïve, and our discussion highlighted better alternatives." (
  • "A nuclear Iran would be a danger to the United States and our allies. We must deny the Iranian regime all paths to a nuclear weapon and neutralize Iran’s destabilizing influence in the region and deter any military aggression toward the United States and our allies." (
  • "Today’s passage of the NDAA is an important step toward rebuilding our military, providing for our servicemembers, and countering the influence of Russia, China, N. Korea, and Iran. " (
  • "Our Nation recognizes that we need a short- and a long-term strategy, a smart use of force, and a greater commitment to victory. Eliminating the threat we face from the enemies of freedom is the challenge of this generation of Americans." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Whether it's Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or other places around the world -- there are still far too many havens for terrorists who want to kill Americans. Starting with securing our borders, and continuing with a strong, able, and ready military, Brad believes that we must remain active and vigilant to ensure our nation remains safe and free" (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (
  • "I am pleased that the United States, Mexico, and Canada have come together in agreement on a modern trade agreement for our modern economy. Ultimately, our goal in establishing trade deals must always be expanding and strengthening the American economy. It appears that positive strides were made on a number of issues that U.S. job creators have raised in regard to the existing agreement with these critical trading partners." (
  • "Since its establishment nearly twenty years ago, the CBPTA has provided the dual benefit of expanding U.S. exports while stimulating job growth and economic development in these Caribbean nations," Wenstrup said. "It is my pleasure to join Rep. Sewell in maintaining these critical trade partnerships by extending the CBPTA for another ten years." (

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