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Hal Rogers' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (KY) - District 5

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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of HR 36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "While the March for Life took place on Capitol grounds today, my colleagues and I stood with them on the House floor, voting to protect the sanctity of life." (votesmart.org)
  • "For the 1st time in > 40 yrs, U.S. House Democrats have stripped the bipartisan pro-life Hyde Amendment from one of our federal funding bills. Hyde has saved 2.5 million lives & protects taxpayer dollars from being used for abortions." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We are delivering on the President's promise to make meaningful tax reform that will simplify the tax code, allow you to keep more of your hard-earned paycheck and help our job creators put more people back to work," (votesmart.org)
  • ""As a result of this bill, Kentucky families will begin taking home an average of nearly $2,000 more in their paychecks and small business owners will have more resources than ever before to help them expand and create more jobs here at home," said Rogers, who voted for the legislation. "The House and Senate have worked closely together on this reform bill to ensure the plan eliminates costly loopholes and focuses on helping our middle class and low-income families. I'm proud to help advance sweeping tax reform and join President Trump in keeping this important promise to the people of southern and eastern Kentucky."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Social Security is a critical piece of the retirement security safety net for seniors, especially for those with limited incomes. I believe that Congress has a very special responsibility to protect and preserve this important program." (halrogers.house.gov)
  • "Clearly this crisis in this program must be fixed in order to ensure its solvency for future generations. Yet to date, Congress has not begun considering a specific proposal to reform Social Security, even though President Obama has expressed an interest in reforming the system. Above all, I am committed to keeping this program strong for future beneficiaries and will oppose any changes that jeopardize the benefits our seniors receive today." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Without action to protect Social Security, the trust fund is projected to be exhausted in 2034. Once the trust fund reserves are depleted, projections show that tax revenues will only cover a small percentage of scheduled benefits. While Social Security is sound for today's seniors and for those nearing retirement, Congress must take action to ensure that the program remains solvent for generations to come. As we deal with this issue in the House of Representatives, know that I am committed to keeping this program strong for future beneficiaries and will oppose any changes that jeopardize the benefits our seniors receive today." (votesmart.org)
  • "The legislation would automatically register voters from government databases, remove safe-guards from mail-in ballots, legalize ballot harvesting, disregard voter ID laws and legalize voting for convicted felons nationwide. It also infringes on First Amendment rights, limiting free speech and giving more power to politicians." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by End Citizens United. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "During a time of unrest and violent injustice in our nation, it is important that we continue to stand up for the law enforcement officers who are serving and protecting the citizens of this nation with the utmost integrity. Malicious police officers must be held accountable for their actions. However, I chose to sign the Police Pledge for those who bravely answer the call of duty every single day and put their lives on the line at a moment's notice for every citizen, regardless of race, age or gender," (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "I was pleased to vote for this bipartisan bill that paves the way for stronger a national defense, modernizes our Navy fleet, and provides more support for our servicemembers and their families, including a 2.7% pay increase. As President FDR said in 1941, December 7th will 'live in infamy,' and in light of the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we owe it to the American people to ensure that we maintain the world's top military force moving forward," said Congressman Rogers. "As Russian and Chinese aggression increase, this bill strengthens our military posture, supporting our allies and ramping up intelligence efforts with historic investments in emerging technologies. After the Biden Administration's catastrophic failure in Afghanistan, this bill also establishes an independent commission to investigate the 20-year conflict and eliminates all funding for the Afghan military, which is now led by the Taliban." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "One of the most important Constitutional duties of Congress is to provide for the common defense, and I'm proud that this comprehensive legislation increases the size of our military and ensures our troops have access to the best possible resources to protect our homeland and neutralize threats at home and abroad," said Rogers, who voted for the NDAA conference report. "This bill also provides for our military families and authorizes a 2.6% pay raise for our troops." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 91% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Supporting projects that promote economic development, job creation and cleaning up our communities has always been a priority of mine throughout my years in Congress. I will continue to support policies at the federal level and projects at the local level which will ensure the long-term viability of the southern and eastern Kentucky we all know and love." (halrogers.house.gov)
  • Voted against HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We are delivering on the President's promise to make meaningful tax reform that will simplify the tax code, allow you to keep more of your hard-earned paycheck and help our job creators put more people back to work," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""With historic amounts of federal funding being released to address the widespread impact of COVID-19, it is critical for our Commonwealth and our communities to access these vital funds as quickly as possible," said Congressman Rogers, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. "I applaud our federal and state agencies for working diligently to distribute critical funding to individuals and businesses as we continue to face challenges across the country. More work is yet to be done, and delays are being addressed, but we will get through this difficult time together."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • ""For the last two weeks, Democrats have frivolously and recklessly held up extending the Payroll Protection Program, despite knowing how many more businesses still need assistance. Countless businesses have reached out, letting me know how critical it is for them to having funding to cover payroll expenses during this unforseen crisis," said Congressman Rogers. "The delay is finally over and this bipartisan emergency funding will help more businesses keep their doors open, including ours in Southern and Eastern Kentucky."" (votesmart.org)
  • "Coal is the cheapest and most abundant natural resource in this country, and businesses, schools, communities can rely on it during storms, record cold temperatures and other unexpected circumstances," stated Rogers. "Meanwhile, this Administration's War on Coal has left 10,000 coal miners in my District laid off. They are trying desperately to find work in other industries, when they should be hard at work providing us with access to the affordable and reliable energy that coal provides." (votesmart.org)
  • "You continually state that you are committed to an "all of the above" energy policy, and that this begins with a commitment to low carbon. If that were the case, this budget request would make the necessary Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) and coal research investments that seem to be missing in an effort to implement that policy," said Rogers. "With coal generating 40% of the electricity in this country, CCS technology and investment in fossil energy research is vital to developing an energy economy that is reliable, affordable and efficient." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Energy costs represent a significant portion of every household budget. I have therefore long supported an all of the above, market-based approach to energy policy to ensure that electricity costs remain as low as possible for hard-working families and seniors." (halrogers.house.gov)
  • "You continually state that you are committed to an "all of the above" energy policy, and that this begins with a commitment to low carbon. If that were the case, this budget request would make the necessary Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) and coal research investments that seem to be missing in an effort to implement that policy," said Rogers. "With coal generating 40% of the electricity in this country, CCS technology and investment in fossil energy research is vital to developing an energy economy that is reliable, affordable and efficient." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 89% by American Energy Alliance. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The regulatory assaults of the former President’s unelected bureaucrats have threatened this vital economic engine while simultaneously increasing electricity and gas prices. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) became the poster child for widespread regulatory overreach and, as a result, put mining, manufacturing, and farming families out of work at a time when some Kentucky counties have 12% unemployment. Unquestionably, the downturn in the coal industry has been devastating for families in our region – and it has placed the energy security of our entire country at risk. Government rules on everything from boilers to farm dust to light bulbs only exacerbate the challenges experienced by businesses and consumers." (halrogers.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "The bill continues all legislative provisions carried in previous years to protect the Second Amendment rights of all Americans, and goes a step further to make four of these provisions permanent law." (votesmart.org)
  • ""We all want to end gun violence, but these bills are not the answer," said Rogers. "Over the last few years, Republicans passed common-sense laws that increased collaboration and training between schools and law enforcement, improved national reporting,and reformed the mental health system. We need a system that prevents violence and protects the rights of responsible gun owners."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "That is why I am committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare with commonsense, patient-focused reforms that address the high costs of care, including tort reform and greater competition in the insurance marketplace." (halrogers.house.gov)
  • "Obamacare is rapidly collapsing and this bill is one of the first necessary steps to build a better, more reliable and affordable health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) voted with his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3762), which will dismantle the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and reduce the federal deficit by a half trillion dollars over the next ten years." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our everyday lives have changed nearly overnight in America as we work diligently to confront this national health emergency. This emergency funding bill will help relieve the many concerns of Americans who need to be tested, who need financial assistance as sick days add up, and as businesses protect the health of employees and the sustainability of operations," said Congressman Rogers, who voted for the bill. "With homebound senior citizens and students out of school over the next few weeks, this bill also extends food assistance to ensure our most vulnerable citizens do not go hungry during this outbreak. More work is yet to be done to help struggling industries and individuals, but we are making critical strides to address immediate needs nationwide." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 85% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "So I support the President and his determination to secure our southern border." (votesmart.org)
  • "We also increased coverage of fencing and barriers along the border to over 650 miles and funded critical surveillance assets along the southern border." (halrogers.house.gov)
  • "U.S. Rep. Harold 'Hal' Rogers (KY-05) applauded passage of the 2015 federal funding bill in the U.S. House of Representatives for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (H.R. 240), along with five immigration-related amendments to bring President Obama's executive amnesty order to a halt." (votesmart.org)
  • "Finally, I have also stated publicly that I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • "For those reasons, I have consistently opposed amnesty for illegal immigrants and, instead, supported legislation that seeks to end the practice by establishing physical barriers, incorporating state-of the art surveillance technology, expanding our border patrol efforts and increasing penalties for alien smuggling." (halrogers.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3364 - Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Proud to join @RepAndyBarr to pass the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act today, devastating Kim Jong-Un's weapons programs." (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3898 - Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump rightfully stood firm against tyranny, sending a clear message that no nation should tolerate Iran's destructive and destabilizing behavior, and I pray that we can continue forward with efforts to deescalate tensions in the Middle East." (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S J Res 7 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Tariffs on autos will raise prices for American consumers and lower demand, ultimately leading to decreased U.S. production, investment and employment. We urge you to do everything you can to avoid trade restrictions that would negatively impact the U.S. auto sector and undermine our economic security." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)

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