Where does Rob stand on the issues?
Rob on jobs and growing the economy
The government should focus on creating the environment for small businesses to succeed. Sadly, it too often does just the opposite. During the Obama administration, higher taxes, burdensome regulations, and the uncertainty of Obamacare put a wet blanket on our economy that cost jobs in Ohio and around the nation.
In 2010, when Senator Portman campaigned for the Senate, he made tax reform the centerpiece of his plan to promote stronger job creation and economic growth. In 2017, he delivered on this commitment, leading the effort in the Senate and working closely with President Trump and his administration to enact the historic tax reform legislation. As a result of the tax cuts and pro-growth tax reforms, many businesses across Ohio and the nation increased pay and benefits for their workers and brought investment back to the United States. As a result of the middle-class tax cuts, workers in Ohio are keeping more of their hard-earned money in their paychecks.
Rob on fighting addiction
In the Senate, Portman has led the effort to combat the opioid and addiction crisis in Ohio and around the nation. Thanks to his leadership, our nation has made progress in preventing deadly drugs like fentanyl from entering the United States, and we have provided a record amount of funding to help those battling addiction get the treatment needed to get their lives back on track.
Rob on confirming conservative judges
In the Senate, Portman has helped confirm a record number – over 190 – of the federal judges that President Trump has nominated to the bench. These judges are smart, young, conservative men and women who will interpret the law as written and not try to legislate from the bench. In addition to Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, Portman has helped confirm over 50 judges to the U.S. Court of Appeals and over 140 Judges to the U.S. District Courts.
Rob on the 2nd Amendment
Senator Portman is a proud defender of the 2nd Amendment and has consistently voted to protect our Constitutional rights. Portman is a gun owner and avid hunter, and whether for protection, recreation, competition, or to ensure our freedoms granted by the Founders, he supports the right of the people to keep and bear arms. He also believes we should work to reduce gun violence through better enforcement of current gun laws, enhancing school security, and ensuring that those who suffer from mental illness—a common thread in attacks—receive proper care.
Portman supported the FIX NICS bill in 2018 to ensure that relevant records from federal agencies, law enforcement, and states are uploaded in to the National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) system. He also supported the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act to improve school security and prevent school violence.
Rob on healthcare
Senator Portman believes we must work together to lower health care costs for all Americans. He has fought for a better health care system that lowers the cost of coverage and provides access to quality care, while protecting the most vulnerable in our society.
When Obamacare was enacted, then-President Obama promised that if you liked your insurance you could keep it, that people they could keep their doctor, and that premiums would go down. None of those promises were kept. And today Obamacare continues to increase already high insurance premiums and made health care more expensive.
Rob on protecting life
Senator Rob Portman has a 100% rating from National Right to Life and has voted 77-0 in favor of the pro-life position on National Right to Life Committee key votes. During his time in the House, he was an original cosponsor of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. In the Senate, he is the lead sponsor of the Child Custody Protection Act, which would make it a federal offense to transport a minor across state lines in order to get around state laws that require parental involvement in that minor’s abortion. He is also an original cosponsor of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, the point where strong scientific evidence indicates that an unborn child can experience pain.