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Rob Wittman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (VA) - District 1


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  • Voted in favor of HR 36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Childd Protection Act." (
  • ""House Republicans have asked Democratic leadership to bring this legislation to the floor 25 times, but each time we have been met with silence," said Rep. Wittman. "Just because a child survives a failed abortion doesn't mean he or she shouldn't get the same chance to live as a similar child born outside of an abortion clinic. The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on this issue. As a child of adoption, I am grateful every day that my birth mother chose life; and I've been able to use my story to fight for the sanctity of life. I hope my House colleagues across the aisle will also recognize the right of the most vulnerable amongst us to live." (
  • "Madam Speaker, for decades, the Hyde amendment has shielded the American taxpayer from being forced to fund abortion. And for decades, the Hyde amendment has enjoyed broad bipartisan support. Even President Biden supported the Hyde amendment as recently as 2019. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Now, President Biden has reversed course, proposing we repeal the Hyde amendment. In turn, this would require American taxpayers, no matter what their personal beliefs, to fund abortion." (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • Rated 93% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "Today we made history. After 31 years of a bulky, broken tax code, we have passed a reform plan that means fairer taxes, bigger paychecks, and more jobs for my constituents. This pro-family, pro-growth plan for tax reform was inspired by hardworking men and women across the country who are struggling under our current tax code. With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we are helping students by doubling the standard deduction and maintaining tuition waivers; we are helping working class families by increasing their take home pay and expanding the Child Tax Credit; and we are helping small business owners by lowering their tax rates." (
  • "We are also seeing Americans taking home more of their hard-earned money. Thanks to a doubling of the standard deduction and lower tax rates, 90% of Americans saw bigger paychecks this year. Plus, more than 4 million Americans at 642 companies have seen raised wages, bonuses, and expanded retirement options. In fact, more than half of small businesses have plans to expand, boost hiring, or increase employee benefits." (
  • Rated 11% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "I believe Medicare and Social Security have served our nation well, providing medical benefits and retirement security for millions of Americans. Addressing the challenges facing Social Security, a program created decades ago to help prevent seniors from falling into poverty, is critical to strengthening retirement security for seniors today and generations to come. I am firmly committed to protecting Social Security and Medicare for our seniors. We must honor our commitment to current Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries and those who are nearing eligibility -- there should be no change to their plans." (
  • "Medicaid is a critical program designed to provide health security to some of our nation's most vulnerable patients. However, the Government Accountability Office has identified the Medicaid program as "high risk" and unsustainable in the long run, costing taxpayers $1 trillion by the end of the decade. The current Medicaid program is stretched to the breaking point, denying support to those most in need. I support efforts to implement commonsense reforms and give states much needed flexibility to better serve their patients most in need. To ensure the future of Medicaid, important steps need to be taken now to focus the program on providing better care for the most vulnerable." (
  • Voted against S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (
  • Voted against HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • "H.R. 1 is a big government power grab that further weakens the integrity and security of our election system. It mandates unconstitutional changes, reversing the longstanding history of state and local control of the electoral process, and instead creates a federally mandated process. H.R. 1 forces states to accept ballot harvesting, weakened voter ID requirements, unrestricted absentee voting without sufficient identification requirements, and the automatic pre-registration of 16- and 17- year olds to vote. Overseeing these new, highly controversial provisions would be a newly partisan FEC, headed by a Commissioner who some are already calling the "Speech Czar," empowered to decide what campaign speech is acceptable and what is not." (
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (
  • "Simply put, we need to do this together. But, unfortunately, H.R. 7120 presents significant due process concerns, has unvetted provisions, and could ultimately have unnecessary negative impacts on officer and community safety. I believe we must work to deliver real reform aimed at making our communities better and safer, which is why I cosponsored the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act. This bill offers real solutions to increase transparency, accountability, and performance so our nation's law enforcement officers are better prepared to protect and care for the communities they serve. These policies will build upon the directives in President Trump's Executive Order to develop policies that encourage proactive police strategies to address concerns and strengthen and build upon the relationships that ensure the safety and security of all communities." (
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • "Passage of this year's NDAA is not only critical for our national security, but also to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This additional funding will fuel economic growth and create jobs for hardworking Virginians. With many of these ships built, maintained, and repaired in Virginia, the Commonwealth's economy especially stands to benefit from the passage of the FY22 NDAA." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Signed Letter to President Biden: "This is a crucial period for our national security," the letter continued. "If we do not make the investments our military needs today, we will not be able to defend our nation or our allies in the future. The security of the free world depends on a credible American military. We must work together to ensure the men and women of our Armed Services have the resources and support they need to successfully carry out their missions now and for decades to come." (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • ""The public wharves, landings, and harbors in the region have served as critical infrastructure for the region's seafood and marine economies for centuries, yet many have been neglected in recent years or failed to evolve in a manner that meets the needs of the ever-evolving seafood and marine industry," said Congressman Wittman. "I am proud to have helped secure this funding that will advance key regional economic development strategies and lead to the implementation of improvements intended to enhance access for seafood and marine industry businesses and the general public. I look forward to the ways in which this project will address the economic challenges and needs of some of the most rural parts of Virginia's First Congressional District."" (
  • "There is still much left to do to improve American infrastructure and get our economy moving again. That's why I joined the republican led STARTER Act 2.0 as an original cosponsor. The STARTER Act would provide a historic investment of more than $400 billion in American roads and bridges. As well as reform outdated bureaucratic regulations unnecessarily delaying construction, which would reduce costs, spur our economic recovery and help to rebuild our nation's infrastructure. I remain committed to responsible, fiscally-sound solutions to our nation's infrastructure issues." (
  • Voted against HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • Rated 93% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "H.R. 1 also makes our corporations competitive again on the world stage by lowering rates and implementing a territorial tax system where taxes are imposed in the country where business activity occurs instead of the country of ownership. I'm tired of the status quo; I was proud to cast my vote in favor of reform that will boost our economy and put more money in the pockets of Americans from all walks of life." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • "I supported this package today because it is critical to our continued recovery as a nation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, it provides much-needed funds to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act and provides additional monies to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grant program. Replenishing the fund is good news, but comes too late for many small businesses who were denied access to emergency loans since the PPP ran out of money due to the needless delay on negotiations. This is unacceptable and we must do better. It also provides an additional $75 billion for reimbursements to hospitals and $25 billion for necessary expenses to research, develop, validate, manufacture, purchase, administer, and expand capacity for COVID-19 tests. Testing is critically important to getting our economy back underway and to determine the true extent of this pandemic. I am happy we were able to get this done today in a strong, bipartisan fashion. We need to continue to work to accomplish the work of the people and lead America on the road back to recovery." (
  • "We are in both a public health crisis and an economic crisis. Congress needed to act -- swiftly and decisively. I am proud to support the CARES Act because it does what is necessary to stabilize our economy, protect American families, and provide our health care workers the resources they need to continue to fight this battle. This legislation will make a big difference. It provides resources for hospitals that are running low on supplies, it provides American families with direct payment, it provides the necessary funding for telehealth services, and it provides businesses -- especially small businesses -- the resources to stay afloat and keep their employees on the payroll." (
  • "Parents should never be made to feel powerless in their children's education. It's parents, not bureaucrats and teachers' unions, who know what's best for their children. We must return parent involvement to our schools, and that is why I support #SchoolChoice" (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • "I agree with @POTUS that there should be greater access to school choice, providing commonsense options for parents and students across the country to make edu decisions that are right for them. I appreciate his charge to Congress to empower parents with school choice. #SOTU" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 "SENSE Act." (
  • "It is in America’s best interest to further develop our nuclear energy capabilities. US submarines and aircraft carriers are fueled by nuclear power and in the era of Great Power Competition, we must further invest in technology that offers energy independence." (
  • "I voted against HR 1941 today as it makes us strategically weaker as a nation. Banning US energy development will only increase our dependence on foreign oil and natural gas. We have the ability to achieve energy security by safely and responsibly developing our resources here." (
  • Voted against HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • Signed Letter to Secretary Haaland: "The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) completed necessary environmental reviews to schedule lease sales in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Montana for March and April of last year, but the Biden administration's freeze on new federal oil and gas leasing prohibited further progress. These politically motivated delays represent a clear violation of requirements under the Mineral Leasing Act to hold quarterly lease sales in each state with an active BLM oil and gas leasing program. Further, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) deferred several planned offshore lease sales, delaying critical revenues to coastal restoration efforts. After an eight-month delay, BOEM finally held lease sale 257, which brought in $191 million in bonus bids, indicating significant interest in continued oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)." (
  • ""I am proud to join my colleagues to continue our work to protect the Chesapeake Bay," said Congressman Wittman. "NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Office does important work protecting and conserving the critical coastal and marine habitat in Virginia -- ensuring healthy and sustainable fisheries and vibrant commercial and recreational opportunities for so many. Also, by helping students to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and what it takes to protect it, we can inspire the next generation to conserve this national treasure."" (
  • "I am proud to see this legislation that will improve the air quality at schools, construction sites, highways, rail yards, and ports pass the House today. This critical legislation incentivizes heavy-duty equipment and vehicle owners to upgrade or replace technologies on their existing diesel vehicles and engines -- ultimately resulting in cleaner air and a healthier environment. Through grants and rebates, DERA can help drastically reduce emissions and every dollar of federal assistance generates $5 to $21 in health and economic benefits," (
  • Voted against HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (NRA). (
  • "Just as many of you are, I am concerned about gun violence and believe we should continue to address this problem, but without curtailing Second Amendment rights. However, H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 are ineffective responses to gun violence that will have the effect of depriving law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights while doing little to prevent mass shootings or prevent individuals who should not possess firearms from purchasing firearms. We already have such a strong background system in place: The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and current federal laws are already strong on background checks and transfer guidelines. All sales from firearm dealers, or sales between residents of different states, must satisfy the background check requirements, regardless of whether those sales happen in a gun shop, at a gun show, or out of the back of somebody's trunk in a parking lot." (
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • "I believe The Affordable Care Act shows that government-run health care does not sufficiently address the core challenges facing our health care system; in many cases, physician choice disappeared, and premium costs skyrocketed." (
  • "One of the most significant challenges we are facing today is making sure that choice-based health care options are available for every American, regardless of age or income, and the President's plan has failed to achieve that goal. That is why, from the very beginning, I have opposed Obamacare and the kind of top-down, one-size-fits-all regulation it represents, and it's why I've voted more than 40 times for full or partial repeal. The American people deserve a patient-centered system that favors quality and choice, not more government bureaucracy." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (
  • "Although I am fundamentally against CRs, it is critical that we protect our nation. I have received countless calls and emails from constituents over the past few days in support of building a border wall, and I was proud to cast my vote today in favor of protecting our homeland and finally delivering on one of our key promises." (
  • Rated 95% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (
  • "America is a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. Those who wish to come here must do so legally. Right now, we have thousands of children stranded at our southern border. Offering amnesty to the children of illegal immigrants only further incentivizes illegal immigration, sending the wrong message at the wrong time. We can work to find a path to legal status for DACA recipients, but I do not support amnesty for individuals illegally residing in the United States. Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants only further encourages illegal immigration, incentivizes criminal behavior, rewards lawbreaking, and would even provide preferential treatment for illegal immigrants." (
  • Rated 95% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law." (
  • "Today the House took action against three of our most serious geopolitical adversaries: North Korea, Iran, and Russia. Each of those countries are threatening U.S. national security and undermining global stability with a range of aggressive acts. The North Koreans are testing ICBMs; the Iranians fund international terror organizations; and the Russians are again intervening in eastern European countries, seeking regional hegemony. The House sent a strong signal that these acts will not go unanswered by passing the Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act (H.R. 3364). The aim of this bill is to use political and economic leverage to help hold these rogue nations accountable." (
  • "Any attempts by the Biden Administration to reenter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known in its colloquial form as the "Iran Nuclear Deal," would be misguided and unwise. We have been down this road, and under the previous JCPOA, Iran continually violated the spirit of the last deal and negotiations. Even now, Iran continues to prevent international inspectors from accessing certain sites, persists in harassing inspectors with invasive security searches, and failing to explain the detected presence of uranium at multiple locations. And, throughout all this, Iran has continued its attempts to destabilize the region in hopes of its regime benefiting from the chaos." (
  • Signed Letter to President Biden: "The decision not to recertify the Iran Nuclear Deal in 2017 was in America's best interests. Even if the United States never withdrew from the deal, poorly construed sunset provisions baked into the deal would now be upon us, meaning Iran would be well on its way to obtaining a nuclear weapon while having violated not only the spirit but the letter of the deal." (
  • Voted against HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • Voted against HR 256 "To Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002" (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Signed Letter to Secretary Pompeo: "U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 bans arms transfers to and from Iran, yet Iran routinely violates this resolution with impunity, particularly in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Iran's illicit transfers of weapons directly contribute to some of the most destabilizing threats to the United States and our partners in the Middle East such as Israel and the Gulf States. Even so, the resolution serves as an important means to restrain the sale of weapons to Iran and makes a clear continued international resolve to stop Iran's illicit weapons transfers." (
  • 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" (
  • ""I was proud to finally cast my vote today to advance the USMCA. Ratifying this agreement is absolutely critical to the First District and entire Commonwealth; over 13,000 jobs in Virginia depend on manufacturing exports to Canada and Mexico," Wittman said. "Accounting for nearly a quarter of all exports from Virginia, trade with our northern and southern partners is necessary for continued job creation and growth here at home. By increasing duty-free access of the world-class agricultural products we create in the Commonwealth and improving outdated policies, the USMCA improves the financial position of all Virginians."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (

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