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Steve Stivers' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We share your belief that every human life is precious, sacred, and deserving of protection." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "Our tax reform package will make America more competitive, bring jobs back to our country, and put more money in the pockets of hardworking taxpayers -- leading to greater economic growth for our country." (
  • "Tax reform means more money in your pocket." (
  • "The promises made to our seniors must be promises kept, which is why I oppose privatizing social security and oppose raising the retirement age as a way of stretching benefits." (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "We need to act now to stop Medicare from going bankrupt. I voted in favor of preserving and protecting Medicare with true choice and competition for future generations, while also eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in the system." (
  • "While the Administration's announcement today on police reform is a good first step, much more needs to be done. Action is needed from Congress and at the local level, not just regarding law enforcement, but on every issue from housing to economic opportunity. I look forward to working with the White House, my colleagues in the House, and local leaders throughout Ohio's 15th District to make our country a place where we have liberty and justice for all." (
  • "Our nation's $19 trillion debt is unsustainable and must be addressed, but I continue to believe sequester cuts are reckless and harm our nation's military." (
  • "Moreover, I believe our men and women in uniform must have at their disposal the tools necessary to do their jobs when called to duty." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Today the House finally passed a long-term highway funding bill. The bill ensures that states and local governments can have more certainty as they go about rebuilding our roads, bridges and modernizing our transportation infrastructure." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "Our tax reform package will make America more competitive, bring jobs back to our country, and put more money in the pockets of hardworking taxpayers -- leading to greater economic growth for our country." (
  • 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. (
  • Rated 25% by National Education Association. (
  • "No matter the issue at hand, be it the opioid epidemic, school safety, or economic development, one thing is very clear: what works in one community may not work in another. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. As your Representative in Congress, I want to help empower communities to tackle the problems they face every day, on their own terms. That's why I work to bring federal dollars back to the 15th District in the form of grants to organizations that have a first-hand understanding of the problem and have creative and unique solutions to fix it." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • "Domestic production of oil and gas has surged, lowering gas prices for consumers and creating thousands of well-paid jobs in Ohio and across the country. Congress should encourage this exciting potential for significant job growth and greater energy independence." (
  • "I believe we should encourage the development of all forms of energy. Renewable sources like wind power are important for our Nation's energy portfolio." (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • Rated 11% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is pushing regulations that will impose significant increased costs on employers, threatening to kill existing jobs, halt job creation, and pass higher electricity costs directly onto consumers. Rather than place new burdens on employers and consumers, we should encourage job creation by getting the EPA off of Ohioans' backs." (
  • Rated 83% by National Rifle Association. (
  • "As your next Congressman I will defend the US Constitution and the right of the people to keep and bear arms." (
  • Rated 0% by American Public Health Association. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (
  • "With your support, I will continue to stand up against this administration and will work to ensure Americans have choices for quality, affordable health care coverage." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "Last night, I voted in favor of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. With the passage of this package, we can expect to see relief for Americans affected by coronavirus. We all share the common goal of keeping our families safe and healthy. This comprehensive package includes free coronavirus testing, food deliveries for seniors, waivers for student’s school lunches, and paid sick and family leave to allow Americans to recover from illness and care for loved ones infected by coronavirus. It is absolutely crucial, now more than ever, that Congress and the President work together to ensure we deliver solutions to communities nationwide." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6136, Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 (
  • Rated 79% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "First and foremost, we must protect our country by keeping terrorists from reaching our soil. This means securing our borders to keep terrorists from coming in, while preventing people who live in America from being recruited and radicalized. While we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws, and it is important to ensure those coming into our country are doing so legally and do not pose a threat to our citizens." (
  • Rated 79% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "We need immigration reform, but the President's plan is not the answer. First and foremost we must secure our borders and ensure the proper enforcement of our current immigration laws. Secondly, we must enforce our immigration system in a legal and orderly way- which should not include granting amnesty to those who knowingly and willingly cross our borders illegally." (
  • "This week we passed legislation to hold Iran accountable for nuclear missile program, support for terrorism, & record of human rights abuses". (
  • "And with all deference to President Reagan -- with matters of nuclear negotiations with rogue nations who would do us harm, I would adopt the motto of "trust, verify and carry a big stick." (
  • "Congress has given deference to the administration during these talks, however now that there is a seven month extension, it may be time for Congress to enact further sanctions to show that the American government is taking this threat seriously. I believe imposing strong, additional sanctions on Iran will show America's resolve and strengthen our negotiating position." (
  • "I also believe that the nuclear agreement President Obama reached with Iran last year was a dangerous precedent for America and our allies. The deal does not require Iran to fully dismantle its nuclear capacity. It does not require anytime, anywhere inspection policies, and it allowed U.S. sanctions It allowed U.S. sanctions on Iran to be lifted before Iran showed a true commitment to nuclear disarmament and compliance with the deal. Iran's record of conducting and supporting terrorism is concerning, and I will continue working to prevent a nuclear Iran." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "The flawed nuclear deal @POTUS struck with Iran lifted sanctions with no true accountability. A year later, these concerns remain. #IranDeal. (
  • "With recent news of another nuclear weapon test, it is clear North Korea remains a great threat to the safety of our allies in the region." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "I support giving General McChrystal the troops he requested in Afghanistan." (
  • "Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria abandons our allies and benefits only the Assad regime and its backers -- Iran and Russia. This move threatens to undercut the hard-won American victories against ISIS. We cannot allow our national security and our partnerships in the region to be undermined and I encourage the Trump Administration to reverse this decision immediately." (
  • "The passage of the USMCA has been a long time coming, and finally, the House has taken steps to give hardworking Americans the tools they need to succeed in a global marketplace," Stivers said. "Already, Ohio's 15th District has seen the benefits of the USMCA, with Magna International announcing hundreds of new jobs in Lancaster because of the promise of this agreement. With today's vote, we can expect to see many more announcements like Magna's across the nation." The USMCA takes steps to rebuild American manufacturing, investing $34 billion in new auto plants and is expected to create over 76,000 new American automotive sector jobs, like those at Magna International. It also allows American farmers and ranchers to compete on an even playing field, giving access to Canadian markets for products like dairy, wheat, chicken, eggs, and turkey." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We are writing to express deep concern about the prospect of broad, global tariffs on aluminum and steel imports. Because tariffs are taxes that make U.S. businesses less competitive and U.S. consumers poorer, any tariffs that are imposed should be designed to address specific distortions caused by unfair trade practices in a targeted way while minimizing negative consequences on American businesses and consumers." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (

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