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Hal Rogers' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 5, Republican

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 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors 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)
  • "These adjustments are fully offset by mandatory spending cuts and other savings, not through tax increases, as the administration proposed in its budget submission earlier this year." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "This proposed rule is an affront to free speech itself. It poses a serious and undeniable threat to the ability of ordinary Americans to freely participate in the democratic process." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (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." (votesmart.org)
  • "The backbone of our military is, of course, the brave men and women who lay their lives on the line in defense of this Nation. With that in mind, the bill fully funds the authorized 1.8 percent pay raise for our military personnel instead of the 1 percent as requested by the President." (votesmart.org)
  • "The FAST Act will put us on the fast-track to better roads and transportation across the country, paving the way for safer commutes and better jobs," said Rogers. "This bill cuts through the red-tape in Washington and allows each state to get to work faster on the most critical projects at home." (votesmart.org)
  • "Better infrastructure results in a better economic portfolio for Kentucky and that translates to more competitive opportunities to create good-paying jobs across the state. Additionally, this bill puts funding in the hands of local authorities who know where to focus first on improvements." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (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)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Students, parents, teachers and administrators need flexibility to forge a new path for success in our schools," said Rogers. "Educators in Kentucky know far more about what our students need, than bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. This plan essentially kicks the federal government out of local classrooms and allows Kentucky, like all other states under this plan, to opt out of unsuccessful programs, implement improvements catered to state and local needs, and enhance funding opportunities. We finally have a plan truly designed for every student to succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (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 Òall of the above,Ó 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)
  • "These job-killing greenhouse gas regulations threaten the livelihoods of those who work in the coal fields and at coal-fired power plants in Appalachia." (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)
  • 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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "so I support the President and his determination to secure our southern border." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 85% by NumbersUSA. (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)
  • "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)
  • "Finally, I have also stated publicly that I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • "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)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Aggressive nations that seek to destroy the United States or her allies must be held accountable and these broad sanctions send a clear message to any adversary that promotes terrorism or threatens the United States," said Congressman Rogers, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. "We cannot waste time in passing this legislation in the wake of North Korea's growing nuclear arsenal, Iran's developing ballistic missile program, or Russia's cyber attacks." (votesmart.org)
  • "The only winner of the President's negotiated nuclear deal is Iran, who will now be emboldened to further spread its anti-American sentiments throughout the world. It's clear that this agreement makes the world less safe and makes it more likely that Iran will acquire a nuclear weapon in the future. This isn't just a bad deal for the United States; it's a grave deal for our trusted allies in the Middle East, particularly Israel, and has the potential to ignite a nuclear race. Further, the President has failed to uphold his promise for transparency by negotiating secret side deals and refusing to release all the details of the plan to Congress and the American people. We have time for a better deal and that's why the House voted to improve accountability and prohibit any efforts to lift or reduce sanctions on Iran." (votesmart.org)
  • " President Trump rightfully stood firm against tyranny, sending a clear message that no nation should tolerate Iran’s destructive and destabilizing behavior,Ó 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)
  • 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)

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