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Rob Bishop's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Rob Bishop has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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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 2018.

  • "I am strongly pro-life, and have fought to protect the rights of the unborn my entire career. I will continue to fight for this cause because I value the sanctity of all human life. " (
  • "Rob is a passionate pro-life advocate. As a citizen, state legislator and congressman he has tirelessly fought to protect the rights of the unborn. He highly values the sanctity of human life and will continue to fight for this cause." (
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee (
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Rob Bishop, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Utah, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
  • "I have always pledged to cut taxes and to lower the federal tax burden for Utah families. I am glad I have had the opportunity to make good on that promise. One of my first votes in Congress was for $550 billion in tax cuts and rate reductions over more than a decade." (
  • " I have always pledged to cut taxes and to lower the federal tax burden for Utah families. I am glad I have had the opportunity to make good on that promise. One of my first votes in Congress was for $550 billion in tax cuts and rate reductions over more than a decade." (
  • "National defense is one of the few Constitutional duties of the federal government. As a senior member on the Armed Services Committee, I’m proud to defend our military abroad and our installations, like Hill Air Force Base, here at home. I’ve fought against Obama’s damage to our military, missile defense and space programs." (
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  • Vote in favor of HR1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (
  • "The US House of Representatives has voted to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement after his vote for the bill: [...] I voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act because it will save Utahns thousands of dollars each year. Furthermore, the bill contains numerous provisions that bring federal tax policy more in line with Utah values." (
  • "Before coming to Congress, I taught in the public high school classroom for 28 years. If there's one thing that experience taught me, it's that education is a local issue. Our education priorities in Utah should be established by parents and local teachers, not mandated by the federal government." (
  • "Working under supervision of states, which have the geological expertise and technical experience that the federal government lacks, hydraulic fracturing coupled with directional drilling has unlocked the United States' vast energy potential, catapulting our nation to become the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world." (
  • "Americans deserve to have Congress enact a workable, comprehensive energy plan based on conservation, production, and innovation. We need to develop the resources we have here in the United States and we need to become less reliant on foreign oil and energy." (
  • "I support American economic and energy independence. As past head of the Western Caucus and current Chair of the Resources Committee, I’ve backed multiple bills promoting domestic energy and jobs." (
  • Signed a letter stating "More importantly, we believe that the authority to limit carbon emissions, even if that were actually a necessity, rests in neither the Constitution nor the Clean Air Act but in the true free market of individual choices made by the American people." (
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" (
  • "As a teacher, I taught about the Constitution. As a lawmaker, I’ve defended our property rights, 2nd Amendment rights and the goals of the 10th Amendment." (
  • "For years, even before Rob was elected to Congress, he's actively fought to protect our 2nd Amendment Rights. He strongly believes that we constitutionally have the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right of self-defense." (
  • "My colleagues and I are passionately opposed to any measure that would curb our Second Amendment rights. The gun control proposals the president offered last week are a constitutional non-starter, and in fact, would have had zero impact in preventing the tragedy in Newtown." (
  • Signed a letter stating "The truth is that more gun control laws and regulations cannot stop the kind of evil we saw in Newtown -- only strong communities and families can. We call on the president to lead in addressing the true causes of such violence, and not use this tragedy as an excuse to strip law-abiding citizens of their constitutional right to bear arms." (
  • "This year I helped get to the President’s desk a bill to repeal ObamaCare." (
  • "As a state lawmaker and as a Congressman, Rob has pushed back against an ever-encroaching federal government. He voted against ObamaCare and has voted to repeal it." (
  • "He voted against ObamaCare and has voted to repeal it." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "Our federal land management agencies lack the statutory authority to adequately protect our nation's borders. As a result, we remain vulnerable to national security threats, criminal activity and environmental degradation," Chairman Bishop said. "This legislation is the result of a decades-long effort to enhance border security and it is time for passage. I thank Chairman McCaul for his dedication on this issue and look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to advance this legislation." (
  • Voted in support of HR 6136 – Border Security and Immigration Reform Act, an act that "Appropriates $25 billion for border security funding, including the construction of a southern border wall between the United States and Mexico." (
  • "And as a country, if we're going to be a sovereign country, we have to control the border, if for no other reason than we have to be able to control the border. Whether the total number coming across is getting less or is increasing – we don't have definite figures yet – it doesn't matter." (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.136 "Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order" (
  • "Amnesty is not an answer and it sends the wrong message to those who are going through the legitimate immigration process. The first thing to fix is the porous border and that is where our attention should initially be focused." (
  • "The MEDS Act is common sense. When presented with an opportunity to alleviate the suffering of those afflicted with painful disorders, we must take it. We don't know all the answers when it comes to the effects of medical-grade marijuana. This legislation allows scientists and researchers to get at those answers in a responsible manner that isn't hindered by unnecessary roadblocks." (
  • "It is not enough, however, to reverse the significant cuts on our missile defenses since you came to office in 2009. It is also time to strengthen our defensive and offensive cooperation with allies. The Proliferation Security Initiative, which has languished under your Administration, must be strengthened with increased interdiction. And, of course, now is plainly not the time for more arbitrary reductions to U.S. nuclear forces, especially when our allies have made abundantly clear, they will deploy their own nuclear weapons if they no longer feel protected by ours. We must stand unwaveringly with our South Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese allies, and deepen our military cooperation in every practical way in the face of this threat from North Korea. " (
  • Signed a letter stating "Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. […] Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades." (
  • "Providing for the common defense of our country is one of the few things to which we are constitutionally bound. With much instability and turmoil occurring around the world, it is essential that the United States continue to have robust national defense capabilities." (

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