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James Risch's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of S Amdt 3967 - Senator Rand Paul's Amendment to HR 6157. (
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood. (
  • "The most basic right we humans have is the right to life. I am strongly pro-life and always have been. I will, therefore, only support legislation that protects and promotes human life, including the unborn." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "My record of fighting tax increases is solid. The national Taxpayer Union has honored me with the Taxpayer's Friend award for consistently voting to promote economic growth and to reduce the tax burden of the American tax payer." (
  • Rated 95% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "The best way to strengthen families, grow businesses and boost our national economy is to let taxpayers keep more of their money. Our current tax system is too complicated and our taxes too high." (
  • "To make these programs sound for future generations, we must begin reforming these entitlements now, while we are still able to make gradual changes and avoid lower benefits or massive tax increases that will severely impact beneficiaries in years to come" (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Second, the approach must be bipartisan and wide-ranging. A comprehensive deficit-reduction package needs to include not only discretionary spending cuts, but also entitlement and tax reform. We must also cut the waste and bloat that has crept into our defense spending." (
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  • "As a United States Senator, I am committed to maintaining a well-trained, fully-equipped military." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Second, the approach must be bipartisan and wide-ranging. A comprehensive deficit-reduction package needs to include not only discretionary spending cuts, but also entitlement and tax reform. We must also cut the waste and bloat that has crept into our defense spending." (
  • "Transportation literally drives the American economy. I support pro-growth policies that connect our cities and towns. Mass transit is an important element of this infrastructure, but should not overshadow the surface transportation needs of our rural areas." (
  • "Going forward, I will continue to advocate for a gov't that allows more freedom, fewer regulations, and less spending." (
  • "I opposed the last two continuing resolutions (CR) to keep government operating for two and three weeks respectively and have also opposed virtually all government spending." (
  • Rated 95% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "Make American job creators more competitive by reducing our corporate tax rate, which is currently the highest tax rate in the industrialized world;" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 748 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (
  • "We have worked to secure meaningful relief for Idaho’s small businesses, workers and families to help businesses keep their doors open and keep employees on the payroll. " (
  • "I have long believed that the responsibility of educating our youth lies first with parents and also with teachers and local school officials chosen by parents. Parents and local school boards know our children best and they should decide what should be taught and how our education dollars should be spent, not the federal government." (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • " I also support expanding other clean sources of baseload power such as hydropower, geothermal, biomass, natural gas and clean coal; as well as further development into technologies that are not yet able to produce reliable and substantial quantities of clean power, such as solar and wind." (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • "From our earliest days as a state, Idaho has proudly been powered by clean, renewable energy--not because an overreaching federal government told us to do so, but because our local and state governments along with free market forces were and are perfectly capable of managing our communities. I would encourage my friends across the aisle to seek solutions that give deference to our local entities instead of attempting a shift of all power to Washington D.C." (
  • Rated 7% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "This bipartisan bill will promote public-private partnerships and help accelerate innovation that will enable advanced nuclear energy to play an important role as we transition to a carbon-free energy future." (
  • "The Second Amendment is an individual right that must be maintained. Like our Founding Fathers, I oppose any abridgement of the right to keep and bear arms. I frequently exercise my Second Amendment right in shooting for sport and recreation." (
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association. (
  • Voted in favor of S Amdt 667 - Health Care Freedom Act of 2017. (
  • "Every day we see more and more problems associated with Obamacare. The White House's latest announcement regarding substantial and unacceptable premium increases is further, irrefutable evidence that this one-size-fits-all approach to health care is unworkable and unaffordable. As I have said since the beginning, we must replace this abomination before it inflicts even greater pain on Idahoans." (
  • Rated 0% by American Public Health Association. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "We will keep working until the entire border wall is funded," said Senator James E. Risch." (
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "We need significantly more than 55 miles of wall to fully protect our southern border, but this bill makes a down-payment on the wall while future funding is negotiated. Plus, I absolutely did not want to see another government shutdown. Shutdowns are bad for our economy and bad for the American people. We will keep working until the entire border wall is funded." (
  • "Finally, there should be no amnesty. No one should be rewarded for breaking the law." (
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "President Obama's so-called "strategic patience' has failed to take the threat of nuclear North Korea seriously," said Risch "North Korea remains one of the biggest nuclear threats to the United States and our allies around the world. It is time for the United States to increase pressure on North Korea and require them to end their nuclear program, stop the cyber-attacks against us, and respect the human rights of their own citizens. This legislation will finally begin to sanction the people that help North Korea threaten peace and security. Anyone who facilitates North Korea's weapons program, abuses human rights, or launders money and goods on behalf of the regime will have their assets frozen and be denied access to the U.S. financial system. This type of sanctions regime brought Iran to the negotiating table and it is time the United States apply similar sanctions on North Korea." (
  • "Instead of stopping Iran's nuclear program, the Iran Deal simply gave the regime a direct path to obtaining a nuclear weapon but at a slower pace. That was not acceptable. I support President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran Deal. I believe that action will result in a safer world and a safer America. From the start, President Obama and Secretary Kerry told Congress there would be clear red lines for any deal with Iran. The Iran Deal violated every red line that was drawn, from complete access to Iran's facilities and scientists to a robust inspection and verification regime." (
  • "Iranian leaders must feel sufficient pressure to cease deeply destabilizing activities, from sponsoring terrorist groups to continued testing of ballistic missiles. Full enforcement of existing sanctions and the imposition of additional sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program are necessary. Moreover, we are hopeful that the international community can unite around the common cause of countering Iran's troubling actions." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "I think we have spent a couple of trillion dollars in Afghanistan. As Senator Paul pointed out, there are things going on there that are very difficult and no better than when we got there 17 years ago. Indeed, in some places, it is probably worse than when we got there 17 years ago. It is appropriate to have that debate as to whether we should continue nation building and whether we should continue to try to stand up and train fighting units in Afghanistan or, for that matter, in other places." (
  • "America cannot be the policeman to the world. It is, however, important that we recognize matters in which America has a national interest and engage appropriately, exercising great restraint whenever military action is considered." (
  • "I don't think that that -- they know that there is very little appetite on the U.S. part to put boots on the ground there, but airpower is incredibly important in that part of the world." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (
  • "Going forward, I will continue to advocate for a gov't that allows more freedom, fewer regulations, and less spending." (
  • "Idahoans deserve a free and fair trade deal that builds on the incredible successes we've achieved and charts a path to prosperity for future generations." ttps://
  • Signed a letter stating: "We applaud the Administration's ongoing efforts to update NAFTA and offer any support or assistance needed to reach an agreement that strengthens the American economy." (

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