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Phil Roe's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TN) - District 1, Republican


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Phil Roe 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.

  • "Tonight we mark one of the most tragic, misguided Supreme Court cases in our Nation's history: Roe v. Wade. Since 1973, more than 50 million babies, as has been stated here numerous times, have been denied the most basic right in this country, protected by our Constitution, which is the right to life." (votesmart.org)
  • "As an obstetrician who has delivered nearly 5,000 babies, I strongly support the sanctity of life. As a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, I will always be a strong and constant voice for the right to life." (roe.house.gov)
  • "Congress needs to fix the broken tax system and allow our workers and families to keep more of what they earn and save – while giving entrepreneurs and small businesses incentives to grow. These are the best ways to stimulate the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no question we need to lower taxes for people at all levels of income, from our job creators to our friends and neighbors who have fallen on hard times." (roe.house.gov)
  • "I will continue to work to ensure that our men and women in uniform continue to have the best equipment and training in the world. The United States needs a strong military to promote peace and discourage those who would attack us." (roe4congress.com)
  • "After 8 years of underfunding our military, I was proud to support a $70 billion increase for our military and a 2 percent pay raise for the brave men and women who fight to keep us safe and free." (roe4congress.com)
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  • "As part of the House’s effort to cut spending and reduce the debt, I was proud to support S. 365, the Budget Control Act, in the 112th Congress. This law established a frame for spending cuts of $2.1 trillion and has begun to slow the explosive growth of spending." (roe.house.gov)
  • "Our children and grandchildren deserve a strong America, and the only way we can leave them a fair chance for prosperity is to balance our budget and get wasteful Washington spending under control." (roe4congress.com)
  • "Out-of-control spending is one of the most significant threats to American prosperity. For too long, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have been irresponsible with your tax dollars, amassing a national debt of more than $17 trillion." (votesmart.org)
  • "That’s why I was proud to work with President Trump to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which cuts taxes for every American and encourages businesses to create jobs and improve benefits for hardworking employees." (roe4congress.com)
  • "One of the top complaints I heard was that Common Core was making it nearly impossible for educators to do their jobs. I'm proud to say that I was on the committee that led the fight to stop Common Core. I believe every East Tennessean deserves access to a quality education, and I will continue to work to get Washington out of the classroom and return decision-making power to local officials." (votesmart.org)
  • "More regulation, particularly at the federal level, does not equal better education. President Reagan was right when he wanted to get the federal government out of the education business. The best educational system is one directed by parents, teachers and local school boards – not bureaucrats in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must also develop and deploy alternative energy sources and technologies including wind, solar, geothermal and biomass energy." (roe.house.gov)
  • "Energy independence won't just ease the bite on family budgets, it will also reduce our dependence on oil from countries that are unstable and help grow our economy by making our businesses more competitive. To reach this goal, we must tap into all available energy sources – including coal, natural gas, wind, solar and oil." (votesmart.org)
  • "In short, Madame Administrator, we believe this carbon dioxide regulation – whose implementation is legally questionable at best – would do untold harm to the American people and our economy for decades to come." (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • "In an effort to penalize those who use carbon-intensive energy, particularly coal, some in Congress are trying to enact a so-called 'cap-and-tax' system or a national carbon tax to lower greenhouse gas emissions. You can be certain that I will be outspoken in my opposition to this proposal." (roe.house.gov)
  • "I will give the administration’s proposal great thought and careful consideration, but our Second Amendment right is one of our most cherished freedoms and I will not support measures that infringe on our Constitutional right to bear arms." (roe.house.gov)
  • "The Constitution guarantees the right of individual, law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. I am committed to protecting the Second Amendment and will fight any attempts to weaken that fundamental right." (roe.house.gov)
  • "His plan would cut spending by $5.5 trillion over the next 10 years, reform the tax code to make it simpler and fairer, repeal ObamaCare, and strengthen the Medicare program for today’s seniors and future beneficiaries." (roe.house.gov)
  • "I voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the 111th Congress, and have since been leading the charge to repeal the law and replace it with commonsense reforms." (roe.house.gov)
  • " I strongly support securing our border, which is why I’m glad the House voted to provide $1.5 billion to begin building the wall at our Southern border President Trump promised." (roe4congress.com)
  • "I was proud to vote to support funding to build President Trump’s wall, and I will continue to support measures that ensure the security of the American people is protected." (www.facebook.com)
  • "The Department of Naturalization and Immigration needs to have more funds made available to them so they can send back those that choose to break the law and come here illegally." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must address the heart of the crisis, which is that immigrants are making a dangerous journey, risking their lives because of a mistaken belief they will be allowed to stay and ultimately be granted citizenship. The most compassionate, humane solution we can adopt ensures immigrants are returned quickly and safely to their families." (roe.house.gov)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "President Trump’s new strategy focuses on neutralizing the Iranian government by keeping its influence and control constrained; fortifying our alliances with our allies to establish power in the Middle East; working to deny the Iranian regime by opposing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) activities; countering threats made to the United States and our allies with force; and rallying the international community to counter violations of human rights and unjust detention of Americans or other foreign citizens. By enforcing sanctions on the IRGC’s officials and agents, we can help deplete Iran of the resources they need to finance terrorism activities. I am confident we will be able to counter Iranian aggression with this new strategy." (roe.house.gov)
  • "We’ve seen the Islamic State in action, and there’s only one solution for people this evil. We must take every reasonable step to defeat and dismantle them, and I am confident we can do this without engaging in another long-term ground war." (roe.house.gov)
  • "The Islamic State is a radical terrorist organization with every intention of bringing their heinous acts of terror to our homeland. We must address this serious threat and act pragmatically and deliberately to eliminate this evil." (votesmart.org)

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