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Steve Chabot's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (OH) - District 1

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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.

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Life" (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "I have serious concerns, however, with any proposal affects current beneficiaries or raise taxes. Instead, I believe Congress must make sure every dollar taken out of someone’s paycheck for Social Security is used only for Social Security and not used to fund bloated government bureaucracy." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 10% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We know that if we simply hold to current spending levels--even assuming today's historically low interest rates--spending on interest alone will surpass defense spending within 5 years. Medicare is slated to run out of funds by 2026 and Social Security is slated to run out of funds by 2035. The good news is that current law is on our side to restrain spending. Congress should hold overall spending to the caps levels already in place while ensuring our men and women in uniform have the tools necessary to do their job. Doing so would be a modest step on a path towards balancing the budget. We respectfully request that you adhere to the existing spending caps currently in law in order to preserve our ability to defend our nation, protect our seniors, and pass down a strong Republic to the next generation of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "My legislation includes three common-sense ideas that will help make our communities safer by highlighting the reforms that work, rewarding those police officers that make a profound, positive impact in the neighborhoods they serve, and making it more difficult for those bad actors who abuse their power to continue to serve as police officers. I think it's particularly important that we use the Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement as a model for other parts of the country. The Agreement has been tested, and proven to be an effective tool to bring everyone together at the same table to build a positive, constructive relationship between the police and the communities they serve." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must also honor the sacrifice and commitment of our military and their families by ensuring they have the resources needed both on the battlefield and when at home." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of S1790- National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6074 - Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • ""The Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2019 is a necessary step to hold As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) and Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba (HHN) responsible for their violation of basic human rights in Iraq and across the region," said Wilson. "These two groups have American blood on their hands and are responsible for over 6,000 attacks against the United States and our coalition forces since 2011. It is our responsibility to continue promoting peace through strength. Imposing these sanctions will send a strong message from the United States -- we will not allow Iran to continue wreaking havoc in the Middle East without suffering the consequences. I am grateful to President Donald Trump for his continued leadership against terrorist organizations, and I will continue to stand up for stability and peace in the Middle East." "Congress must stand up against those who destabilize the Middle East. AAH and HHN are terrorist organizations which violate human rights and threaten American troops, exactly the type of groups that should be subject to economic sanctions," said Sherman." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Obama administration even had a name for its North Korean policy -- "strategic patience." Well, as far as I'm concerned, the time for patience has long been over. It's time for decisive action. No, that doesn't necessarily mean military action -- yet." (votesmart.org)
  • "As members of the Congressional Wine Caucus, we write to express our strong concern about U.S. retaliatory tariffs on European wine. These retaliatory tariffs cause economic harm to the thousands of U.S. wineries, exporters, importers, retailers, and restaurants who depend on a vibrant, healthy wine market for their livelihood. Any expansion of these tariffs would further exacerbate the harm already caused." (votesmart.org)
  • "And I completely agree with President Trump that we must not allow the United States to be taken advantage of on trade, whether by our allies, or by our adversaries. Trump's right when he says that trade agreements must be reciprocal and fair. He's right when he says we must no longer ignore currency manipulation, dumping, and government subsidization, that puts American goods and companies and jobs at a disadvantage. It's not fair that we allow foreign countries (like China) to sell their products easily in America, but then block our products from being sold there." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (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?
We need to protect the money that Americans pay into Social Security and Medicare and make sure it is not used for other government programs. That is why I have consistently supported the Social Security Preservation Act.
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
The Supreme Court has made clear that limits on such contributions are unconstitutional.
Unknown Position Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
I support the preservation of qualified immunity for police officers when acting within the scope of their official duties. I would have to review any other legislation that impacts other liability protections before reaching a decision.
Yes Do you support increasing defense spending?
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?
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
No Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
I think we should provide incentives for the development of renewable energy, but not direct federal subsidies. Also, I support reasonable regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, similar to those already in place. I do not support a massive expansion of such regulations, as proposed in the Green New Deal.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
I think we need to enforce the laws already enacted.
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yes Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
I voted for similar provisions as part of the CARES Act.
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?
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?
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
Our top priority must be defeating COVID-19. We must take the necessary steps to make sure a vaccine is approved and available to all Americans. We need to continue to safely reopen our economy, and help small businesses impacted by the virus. In particular, I am working to extend and expand the Paycheck Protection Program, giving smaller employers and those still struggling to maintain their workforce access to the resources they need to stay afloat.

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