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Austin Scott's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 8, Republican
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Austin Scott has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Austin Scott is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Facebook: Wall. 22 January 2012. "in 1984, President Reagan designated January 22nd as "National Sanctity of Human Life" Day. Today, we should take an extra minute to celebrate the true meaning of this day and the gift of life." (www.facebook.com)
  • Austin Scott. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Austin Scott voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Austin Scott voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Abortion Issues: h) other or expanded principles: "Abortions should be illegal; however, I do not believe that we can get that done so limiting to the first trimester and eliminating public funding and requiring parental notification would be supported as a compromise."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal. Abortion Issues: h) other or expanded principles: "Abortions should be illegal; however, I would support legislation that limited abortions to the first trimester. No public funds for abortion."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion should be illegal; hower, I would support legislation that limited abortions to the first trimester. No public funds for abortion."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortions should be illegal; however, I do not believe that we will get that done so limiting to the first trimester and eliminating public funding and requiring parental notification would be supported as a compromise."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortions should be illegal; however, I do not believe that we will get that done so limiting to the first trimester and eliminating public funding and requiring parental notification would be supported as a compromise."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Sanctity of Life. 21 October 2011. "Austin is staunchly pro-life and believes in the sanctity of every human life. He believes that life begins at conception and has always been a strong advocate of the rights of the unborn. He will continue to be a protector of the rights of the unborn as a member of Congress. He is proud that he has received the endorsement of Georgia Right to Life." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Facebook: Wall. 22 January 2012. "in 1984, President Reagan designated January 22nd as "National Sanctity of Human Life" Day. Today, we should take an extra minute to celebrate the true meaning of this day and the gift of life." (www.facebook.com)
  • Austin Scott. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Austin Scott voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Austin Scott voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Abortion Issues: h) other or expanded principles: "Abortions should be illegal; however, I do not believe that we can get that done so limiting to the first trimester and eliminating public funding and requiring parental notification would be supported as a compromise."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal. Abortion Issues: h) other or expanded principles: "Abortions should be illegal; however, I would support legislation that limited abortions to the first trimester. No public funds for abortion."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion should be illegal; hower, I would support legislation that limited abortions to the first trimester. No public funds for abortion."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortions should be illegal; however, I do not believe that we will get that done so limiting to the first trimester and eliminating public funding and requiring parental notification would be supported as a compromise."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortions should be illegal; however, I do not believe that we will get that done so limiting to the first trimester and eliminating public funding and requiring parental notification would be supported as a compromise."
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Sanctity of Life. 21 October 2011. "Austin is staunchly pro-life and believes in the sanctity of every human life. He believes that life begins at conception and has always been a strong advocate of the rights of the unborn. He will continue to be a protector of the rights of the unborn as a member of Congress. He is proud that he has received the endorsement of Georgia Right to Life." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected 4-SLIGHTLY DECREASE for: "e) Income taxes (Incomes below $75,000)." Selected 4-MAINTAIN STATUS for: "f) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)."
  • Austin Scott signed the Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Austin Scott, pledge to the taxpayers of the 8th district of the state of Georgia and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits , unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Austin Scott. Georgia Republicans Speak Out on Tax Day. 15 April 2011. "This week the President outlined a plan that raises taxes on nearly every single American taxpayer. Americans are taxed enough already. As a small business owner, I can tell you that taking more money out of the American people's pockets is not the way to create jobs and stimulate our economy. We must continue to cut unnecessary spending and incentivize small business owners instead of taxing them at every turn." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Federal Spending. 21 October 2011." The Democrats in Congress have taken spending to unprecedented levels, and show no signs of stopping. While American families are forced to tighten their belts, Congress continues to spend and drive our nation further into debt. And the only solution the Democrats seem to know is to raise taxes. But the answer is to reduce taxes and reduce spending. Austin Scott will work hard to pass a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected 4-SLIGHTLY DECREASE for: "e) Income taxes (Incomes below $75,000)." Selected 4-MAINTAIN STATUS for: "f) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)."
  • Austin Scott signed the Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Austin Scott, pledge to the taxpayers of the 8th district of the state of Georgia and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits , unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Austin Scott. Georgia Republicans Speak Out on Tax Day. 15 April 2011. "This week the President outlined a plan that raises taxes on nearly every single American taxpayer. Americans are taxed enough already. As a small business owner, I can tell you that taking more money out of the American people's pockets is not the way to create jobs and stimulate our economy. We must continue to cut unnecessary spending and incentivize small business owners instead of taxing them at every turn." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Federal Spending. 21 October 2011." The Democrats in Congress have taken spending to unprecedented levels, and show no signs of stopping. While American families are forced to tighten their belts, Congress continues to spend and drive our nation further into debt. And the only solution the Democrats seem to know is to raise taxes. But the answer is to reduce taxes and reduce spending. Austin Scott will work hard to pass a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Austin Scott. Facebook: Wall. 17 February 2012. "Today marks the third anniversary of the president's failed stimulus package and we're still asking "where are the jobs?"" (www.facebook.com)
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Lowering Taxes. 21 October 2011. "Unlike the current leadership in Washington, Austin believes that the private sector should provide the economic growth to move our economy forward, not the government." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Another Day, Another Marshall-Pelosi Bailout. 10 August 2010. "Our country has lost 2.5 million jobs since the failed Obama-Pelosi stimulus and Jim Marshall just keeps on spending. It's time that Jim Marshall and Nancy Pelosi learn what the rest of us already know--the spending is just not working. Billions in debt doesn't work. Liberal pet projects don't work. Endless bailouts don't work. Private sector job creation is what works. Small business growth is what works." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 21 October 2011. "As a conservative Republican, Austin Scott believes in a regulated free market economy, not the excessive bailouts or pork-laden 'stimulus spending' popular in Congress today. Austin believes that small business is the answer to putting America's economy back on track. By simplifying regulatory processes, lowering taxes, and providing incentives to hire new employees, small business can prosper and America's economy can move forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Facebook: Wall. 17 February 2012. "Today marks the third anniversary of the president's failed stimulus package and we're still asking "where are the jobs?"" (www.facebook.com)
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Lowering Taxes. 21 October 2011. "Unlike the current leadership in Washington, Austin believes that the private sector should provide the economic growth to move our economy forward, not the government." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Another Day, Another Marshall-Pelosi Bailout. 10 August 2010. "Our country has lost 2.5 million jobs since the failed Obama-Pelosi stimulus and Jim Marshall just keeps on spending. It's time that Jim Marshall and Nancy Pelosi learn what the rest of us already know--the spending is just not working. Billions in debt doesn't work. Liberal pet projects don't work. Endless bailouts don't work. Private sector job creation is what works. Small business growth is what works." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 21 October 2011. "As a conservative Republican, Austin Scott believes in a regulated free market economy, not the excessive bailouts or pork-laden 'stimulus spending' popular in Congress today. Austin believes that small business is the answer to putting America's economy back on track. By simplifying regulatory processes, lowering taxes, and providing incentives to hire new employees, small business can prosper and America's economy can move forward." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students."
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Education. 21 October 2011. "Austin is a product of Georgia public education, and his mother and sister are both public school teachers. Austin's son is a student in Georgia public schools. Austin believes that education is inherently a local issue, and should not be subject to excessive federal control. He will work to increase the quality of education in the 8th District and return control to our teachers and parents." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students."
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Education. 21 October 2011. "Austin is a product of Georgia public education, and his mother and sister are both public school teachers. Austin's son is a student in Georgia public schools. Austin believes that education is inherently a local issue, and should not be subject to excessive federal control. He will work to increase the quality of education in the 8th District and return control to our teachers and parents." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Austin Scott. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Austin Scott voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott signed Americans For Prosperity: NoClimateTax.com Pledge. 23 June 2010. "I, James Austin Scott, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Georgia and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (www.noclimatetax.com)
  • Austin Scott. Ag Committee Republicans Stress the Negative Impact of Federal Regs on Production Agriculture & Rural Economies. 15 February 2011. "The current administration has spent the last two years piling on regulation after regulation that make it more difficult for small businesses and family farms to grow and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Blog: EPA Regulations a Burden on Small Businesses. 11 April 2011. "With twenty years experience as a small business owner, I understand how burdensome federal regulations hamstring small businesses and prevent economic growth. I was troubled to learn that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering new, more stringent, standards for regulating Coarse Particulate Matter, or, as we like to call it in Georgia, 'dust' [¦] The type of regulations that the EPA is considering are utterly ridiculous and will have devastating effects on our economy and the American business owner's ability to create jobs. Congress must stand up to the EPA and exercise oversight responsibility over such regulations that are so damaging to job creation. I look forward to being a leader in that effort. Americans are demanding common-sense, responsible solutions that encourage innovation and job creation; frankly, the EPA is just not listening." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. The EPA. 29 March 2011. "Mr. Speaker, the EPA already requires pesticide permits from every farmer, rancher, forest manager, State agency, city, county municipality, mosquito control districts, water districts, and golf courses, just to name a few of those that they require permits from. If we do not enact H.R. 872, the EPA would then require an additional Clean Water Act permit for pesticides. I will add again, Mr. Speaker, that many of these permits are already redundant as pesticide applications are already highly regulated under the FIFRA Act. We all care about the environment, but these EPA regulations fail the common sense test, Mr. Speaker. That agency is on a regulatory path of the destruction of our economy. They are destroying our jobs, and they must be reined in." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. American Energy Creates American Jobs. 14 March 2011. "It is time to take steps to increase American energy production, provide Georgians with relief at the pump, and create American jobs. We need an all-of-the above energy solution. Instead of blocking innovation, Washington needs to encourage it: increase access to both on and offshore oil permits, cut the red tape, and roll back the burdensome regulatory process." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Austin Scott voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott signed Americans For Prosperity: NoClimateTax.com Pledge. 23 June 2010. "I, James Austin Scott, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Georgia and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (www.noclimatetax.com)
  • Austin Scott. Ag Committee Republicans Stress the Negative Impact of Federal Regs on Production Agriculture & Rural Economies. 15 February 2011. "The current administration has spent the last two years piling on regulation after regulation that make it more difficult for small businesses and family farms to grow and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Blog: EPA Regulations a Burden on Small Businesses. 11 April 2011. "With twenty years experience as a small business owner, I understand how burdensome federal regulations hamstring small businesses and prevent economic growth. I was troubled to learn that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering new, more stringent, standards for regulating Coarse Particulate Matter, or, as we like to call it in Georgia, 'dust' [¦] The type of regulations that the EPA is considering are utterly ridiculous and will have devastating effects on our economy and the American business owner's ability to create jobs. Congress must stand up to the EPA and exercise oversight responsibility over such regulations that are so damaging to job creation. I look forward to being a leader in that effort. Americans are demanding common-sense, responsible solutions that encourage innovation and job creation; frankly, the EPA is just not listening." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. The EPA. 29 March 2011. "Mr. Speaker, the EPA already requires pesticide permits from every farmer, rancher, forest manager, State agency, city, county municipality, mosquito control districts, water districts, and golf courses, just to name a few of those that they require permits from. If we do not enact H.R. 872, the EPA would then require an additional Clean Water Act permit for pesticides. I will add again, Mr. Speaker, that many of these permits are already redundant as pesticide applications are already highly regulated under the FIFRA Act. We all care about the environment, but these EPA regulations fail the common sense test, Mr. Speaker. That agency is on a regulatory path of the destruction of our economy. They are destroying our jobs, and they must be reined in." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. American Energy Creates American Jobs. 14 March 2011. "It is time to take steps to increase American energy production, provide Georgians with relief at the pump, and create American jobs. We need an all-of-the above energy solution. Instead of blocking innovation, Washington needs to encourage it: increase access to both on and offshore oil permits, cut the red tape, and roll back the burdensome regulatory process." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Austin Scott. Freshman Class on Obamacare. 26 March 2012. "As I listen to you talk about the individual States out there--the 50 individual States--and I'm from Georgia. The Second Amendment is extremely important to us in Georgia: the right to keep and bear arms. We haven't passed a law on the House floor and passed by the Senate and signed by the President that says every American must own a gun, or a firearm, if you want to be proper about it. Again, it's those constitutional rights that we as Americans have. It's not for the government. It's for us as individuals. That Constitution guarantees me as a citizen that nobody in Washington can take those things from me. Our Forefathers understood, again, that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. They gave us the Constitution. They knew that with the House and the Senate being political bodies and with the President being a political body that eventually something like this would happen in this country. And so they gave us a Court. They gave us a Court with one duty--and that duty is to protect the constitutional rights of the United States citizens. And let's just hope and pray that the Court does its job and upholds our constitutional rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 21 October 2011. "Austin is a gun owner, avid hunter and a lifetime member of the NRA. He believes that the Second Amendment's protection of citizens' right to keep and bear arms is one of the most important provisions of the Bill of Rights. Austin understands the threat which anti-gun advocates in the Obama Administration and Congress continue to pose to our gun rights. Austin will fight to preserve our Second Amendment rights and our ability to secure the safety of our homes and families." (votesmart.org)
  • "My colleagues and I are passionately opposed to any measure that would curb our Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Austin Scott. Freshman Class on Obamacare. 26 March 2012. "As I listen to you talk about the individual States out there--the 50 individual States--and I'm from Georgia. The Second Amendment is extremely important to us in Georgia: the right to keep and bear arms. We haven't passed a law on the House floor and passed by the Senate and signed by the President that says every American must own a gun, or a firearm, if you want to be proper about it. Again, it's those constitutional rights that we as Americans have. It's not for the government. It's for us as individuals. That Constitution guarantees me as a citizen that nobody in Washington can take those things from me. Our Forefathers understood, again, that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. They gave us the Constitution. They knew that with the House and the Senate being political bodies and with the President being a political body that eventually something like this would happen in this country. And so they gave us a Court. They gave us a Court with one duty--and that duty is to protect the constitutional rights of the United States citizens. And let's just hope and pray that the Court does its job and upholds our constitutional rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 21 October 2011. "Austin is a gun owner, avid hunter and a lifetime member of the NRA. He believes that the Second Amendment's protection of citizens' right to keep and bear arms is one of the most important provisions of the Bill of Rights. Austin understands the threat which anti-gun advocates in the Obama Administration and Congress continue to pose to our gun rights. Austin will fight to preserve our Second Amendment rights and our ability to secure the safety of our homes and families." (votesmart.org)
  • "My colleagues and I are passionately opposed to any measure that would curb our Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Austin Scott. Austin on CNN_Interview with T.J. Holmes 10.20.2010. 23 October 2010. "Absolutely, I wanna repeal the health care law. Look, the American public does not want federal control over their health care [¦] I do not believe that the federal government should have control over the health care system." (youtu.be)
  • Austin Scott. Facebook: Wall. 11 July 2012. "I just voted, yet again, to fully repeal the President's health care law." (www.facebook.com)
  • Austin Scott. Twitter: ScottforGA. 29 June 2012. "Yesterday, the Supreme Court re-affirmed my belief that the health care mandate is a tax increase. I will continue to support #repeal." (twitter.com)
  • Austin Scott. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Austin Scott voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Rep. Austin Scott Votes to Repeal ObamaCare. 19 January 2011. "ObamaCare is a prime example of how government mandates are hurting our economy and making it harder for our small businesses to create jobs. Tonight, we're repealing this 2,000 page job-killing bill. Tomorrow, House Republicans will take a necessary step to replace it with a 2 page bill that will work to provide common-sense, market-based solutions. We are committed to reducing health care costs and expanding access for more Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Jim Marshall Wants it Both Ways on ObamaCare. 6 August 2010. "I believe the fight to repeal ObamaCare, vote out Nancy Pelosi and halt runaway spending is the right fight. Balancing the federal budget and reducing the debt that Jim Marshall and Nancy Pelosi have burdened our grandchildren with is the right fight. Getting our economy moving again and creating jobs is the right fight. I'll vote to do all of these things and my words in Georgia will always be the same as my votes in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Rep. Obamacare One Year Later. 23 March 2011. "One of my very first votes as your Congressman was to repeal Obamacare. During the Continuing Resolution debate, I joined my House colleagues to pass nine bipartisan amendments aimed at reversing the damage done by Obamacare. And earlier this month we successfully passed H.R. 4, a bill that repealed the job-killing 1099 provision. Led by the Republican Majority, the House is using what power we have to follow-through with the will of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. House Republicans Cut $10 Billion; More Cuts to Come. 28 March 2011. "My Republican colleagues and I will unveil a budget within the next few weeks that will fill the leadership void left by the President and take on the runaway spending that is driving our job-killing debt burden. The Speaker of the House has also indicated that we will utilize this year's budget process to make more robust spending cuts and permanently repeal burdensome programs like Obamacare. I look forward to working with my colleagues during that process and hope that Senator Reid and President Obama will accept the responsibility to work with us to reduce our deficit and balance our budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Taking Your Views to Washington. 6 May 2011. "Over the next several months, my Republican colleagues in the House and I plan to pass legislation to encourage more domestic energy production, defund many of the job-killing provisions of the Democrats' healthcare bill, and put structural mechanisms in place to halt runaway spending. Since coming to Congress, I've worked to protect the personal liberties, individual freedoms, and economic opportunities of the next generation. I will continue to advance those priorities as your representative." (votesmart.org)
  • "... ObamaCare is driving up costs, threatening jobs, and kicking Georgians out of the plans they like and were promised they could keep." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Austin on CNN_Interview with T.J. Holmes 10.20.2010. 23 October 2010. "Absolutely, I wanna repeal the health care law. Look, the American public does not want federal control over their health care [¦] I do not believe that the federal government should have control over the health care system." (youtu.be)
  • Austin Scott. Facebook: Wall. 11 July 2012. "I just voted, yet again, to fully repeal the President's health care law." (www.facebook.com)
  • Austin Scott. Twitter: ScottforGA. 29 June 2012. "Yesterday, the Supreme Court re-affirmed my belief that the health care mandate is a tax increase. I will continue to support #repeal." (twitter.com)
  • Austin Scott. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Austin Scott voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Jim Marshall Wants it Both Ways on ObamaCare. 6 August 2010. "I believe the fight to repeal ObamaCare, vote out Nancy Pelosi and halt runaway spending is the right fight. Balancing the federal budget and reducing the debt that Jim Marshall and Nancy Pelosi have burdened our grandchildren with is the right fight. Getting our economy moving again and creating jobs is the right fight. I'll vote to do all of these things and my words in Georgia will always be the same as my votes in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Rep. Austin Scott Votes to Repeal ObamaCare. 19 January 2011. "ObamaCare is a prime example of how government mandates are hurting our economy and making it harder for our small businesses to create jobs. Tonight, we're repealing this 2,000 page job-killing bill. Tomorrow, House Republicans will take a necessary step to replace it with a 2 page bill that will work to provide common-sense, market-based solutions. We are committed to reducing health care costs and expanding access for more Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. House Republicans Cut $10 Billion; More Cuts to Come. 28 March 2011. "My Republican colleagues and I will unveil a budget within the next few weeks that will fill the leadership void left by the President and take on the runaway spending that is driving our job-killing debt burden. The Speaker of the House has also indicated that we will utilize this year's budget process to make more robust spending cuts and permanently repeal burdensome programs like Obamacare. I look forward to working with my colleagues during that process and hope that Senator Reid and President Obama will accept the responsibility to work with us to reduce our deficit and balance our budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Rep. Obamacare One Year Later. 23 March 2011. "One of my very first votes as your Congressman was to repeal Obamacare. During the Continuing Resolution debate, I joined my House colleagues to pass nine bipartisan amendments aimed at reversing the damage done by Obamacare. And earlier this month we successfully passed H.R. 4, a bill that repealed the job-killing 1099 provision. Led by the Republican Majority, the House is using what power we have to follow-through with the will of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Taking Your Views to Washington. 6 May 2011. "Over the next several months, my Republican colleagues in the House and I plan to pass legislation to encourage more domestic energy production, defund many of the job-killing provisions of the Democrats' healthcare bill, and put structural mechanisms in place to halt runaway spending. Since coming to Congress, I've worked to protect the personal liberties, individual freedoms, and economic opportunities of the next generation. I will continue to advance those priorities as your representative." (votesmart.org)
  • "... ObamaCare is driving up costs, threatening jobs, and kicking Georgians out of the plans they like and were promised they could keep." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Austin Scott. Video: Austin Scott says all illegal immigrants should be sent home. 16 August 2011. "If they're not here legally than I personally believe that they are a legal citizen of a country somewhere and they need to go back there and follow the proper process to get into the country legally." (www.youtube.com)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Austin Scott in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws."
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Immigration. 21 October 2011. "Our borders are not adequately secured, and our existing laws are not enforced. Austin Scott will work hard in Congress to secure our borders, enforce our existing immigration laws, and remove those immigrants who have broken the law. He does not support amnesty programs. He does support programs that enable local law enforcement to partner with federal officials to identify and deport criminal illegal aliens." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Video: Austin Scott says all illegal immigrants should be sent home. 16 August 2011. "If they're not here legally than I personally believe that they are a legal citizen of a country somewhere and they need to go back there and follow the proper process to get into the country legally." (www.youtube.com)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Austin Scott in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws."
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Immigration. 21 October 2011. "Our borders are not adequately secured, and our existing laws are not enforced. Austin Scott will work hard in Congress to secure our borders, enforce our existing immigration laws, and remove those immigrants who have broken the law. He does not support amnesty programs. He does support programs that enable local law enforcement to partner with federal officials to identify and deport criminal illegal aliens." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Austin Scott. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Austin Scott. Death of Osama bin Laden: Score One for the Good Guys. 10 May 2011. "This victory closes a chapter in the war against radical Islam. However, there are many who still remain at large who wish to inflict harm on freedom loving people the world over. In the days following the attacks on September 11, 2001, President Bush remarked to the nation, "we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail." We must remain vigilant in our efforts to promote democracy and freedom, we must continue to support the military men and women who have the courage to protect our freedom and we must remain proud that we live in the greatest country the world has ever known." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Death of Osama bin Laden: Score One for the Good Guys. 10 May 2011. "This victory closes a chapter in the war against radical Islam. However, there are many who still remain at large who wish to inflict harm on freedom loving people the world over. In the days following the attacks on September 11, 2001, President Bush remarked to the nation, "we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail." We must remain vigilant in our efforts to promote democracy and freedom, we must continue to support the military men and women who have the courage to protect our freedom and we must remain proud that we live in the greatest country the world has ever known." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Social Security. 21 October 2011. "Austin believes Social Security is an important agreement between our nation and our seniors whose terms should be safeguarded. He believes that the retirement age should not be raised, and taxes should not be increased. He opposes the privatization of Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Austin Scott. Issue Position: Social Security. 21 October 2011. "Austin believes Social Security is an important agreement between our nation and our seniors whose terms should be safeguarded. He believes that the retirement age should not be raised, and taxes should not be increased. He opposes the privatization of Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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Georgia State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
Xg) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

Abortion should be illegal; hower, I would support legislation that limited abortions to the first trimester. No public funds for abortion.

State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Emergency preparedness
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Greatly Increasef) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseh) Welfare
Maintain Statusi) Other or expanded categories

Budget must be balanced and spending can not exceed revenues

State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Property taxes
Slightly Increaseh) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusi) Vehicle taxes
Maintain Statusj) Other or expanded categories

collection of taxes due is key to reducing other taxes

Yes1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Yes2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
No3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
4) Other or expanded principles

give department of revenue tools to collect taxes owed after tax payor has been given right ot appeal and access to court

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for Georgia governors?
Yesb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Georgia state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
Yesf) Should Georgia participate in the federal REAL ID program?
Nog) Should the state government give county governments the authority to levy a 1 percent sales tax, if approved by county voters, for transportation projects?
h) Other or expanded principles

Allow more flexibility for school systems with splost funds

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in Georgia.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
e) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
f) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xg) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
h) Support hate crime legislation.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xc) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
d) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
e) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
f) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xg) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
h) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
Xi) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Georgia to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Include gender identity in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws.
h) Increase the state minimum wage.
i) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
Xj) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Xk) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
l) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
c) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
Xd) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
e) Support funding for improvements to Georgia's power generating and transmission facilities.
f) Support funding for open space preservation.
g) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles

Expand domestic drilling and nuclear power projects EPA standards should have cost/benefit analysis done before implementing

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Noa) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesb) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Noc) Should a license be required for gun possession?
Yesd) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yese) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
Xb) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Georgia.
g) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xh) Fund the Trauma Care Network by increasing vehicle registration fees $10.
i) Other or expanded principles

transparency measures that provide information about quality and price with regard to healthcare should be expanded.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Noa) Should Georgia recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Noc) Should Georgia provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Yesd) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Yese) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
Nof) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesg) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
Noh) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
Noi) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
Noj) Should Georgia continue affirmative action programs?
Yesk) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
Nol) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
Yesm) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
n) Other or expanded principles
Legislative Priorities
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

fair and balanced government that encourages personal responsibility and competition.

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