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Thomas 'Tom' E. Price

Tom Price's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Thomas 'Tom' E. Price
Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 6, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 6
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Elizabeth; 1 Child: Robert
Birth Date: 10/08/1954
Birth Place: Lansing, MI
Home City: Roswell, GA
Religion: Presbyterian
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Tom Price refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Price. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Tom Price voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tom Price voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tom Price voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on March for Life. 23 January 2012. "It is an honor to stand with so many of my fellow Americans in the fight to protect and defend the most innocent. It is not just by our words but by our deeds that we must celebrate and contribute to this movement. In the House of Representatives, Republicans have fought to help ensure no federal tax dollars are used to fund abortions -- a vital component of our pledge to the America people. This is a cause that requires constant vigilance and one that goes to the very heart of our humanity." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. End the Taxpayer Subsidy of the Abortion Industry. 16 June 2010. "Regardless of where they stand on abortion, most Americans agree it should not be funded by taxpayer subsidies," said Congressman Price. "Yet this report shows a horrifying amount of federal funding going to the abortion industry. Money is fungible. Giving abortion providers $1 billion for other activities just frees up an equal sum of money to support their abortion practices. U.S. affiliates of Planned Parenthood received $657 million over seven years while conducting more than 300,000 abortions in 2007 alone. In that same year, they reported a mere 4,912 adoption referrals. It's time to end this sickening taxpayer subsidy of abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Democrats Ignore Voters' Message to Cut Spending. 1 December 2010. "Conservatives crafted a more responsible solution that cuts the Democrats' spending plan by nearly $100 billion next year. Washington's current spending path is a road to ruin. To tackle these trillion-dollar deficits, we have to start by returning the budget to pre-stimulus and pre-bailout levels." NOTE: The Republican Study Committee's continuing resolution holds non-security discretionary spending at FY 2008 levels, continues current funding for defense, veterans, and homeland security, defunds ObamaCare, extends the House Republicans' earmark moratorium through FY 2011, and ensures pro-life protections. It includes none of the billions of dollars in new spending requested by President Obama." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. House Republicans Upholding Pledge to Prohibit Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. 31 March 2011. "House Republicans pledged to positively represent Americans and ensure that there would be no taxpayer funding of abortion," said Chairman Price. "While it is not a new debate in Congress on protecting the sanctity of life, it is a vitally important one -- particularly in light of the health care law passed last year. Despite claims made by the previous Democrat majority, ObamaCare allows for federal funding of abortion. House Republicans are doing our part to correct this heinous component of an already disastrous affront to health care. This Bill simply puts into law what has been practice in our policy for decades." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. ObamaCare's Taxpayer-Funded Abortions Exposed. 14 July 2010. "President Obama and other liberals repeatedly promised that ObamaCare would not subsidize abortion with taxpayer money," said Congressman Price. "Now, Americans can see just how little those promises were worth. The President's Executive Order, which he claimed would prevent taxpayer-funding of abortion, was clearly just another rhetorical tool to help Democrats pass their government takeover of health care. This is the first reported example of ObamaCare forcing taxpayers to subsidize abortion, but it will almost certainly not be the last. "Republicans will not abandon the sanctity of human life. ObamaCare must be repealed and replaced with patient-centered reforms that do not force taxpayers to subsidize abortion coverage. Republicans have a number of better solutions for health care reform, including H.R. 3400, the Empowering Patients First Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on March for Life. 24 January 2011. "Today, citizens from all across the country came to Washington to honor the precious gift of life," said Chairman Price. "The March for Life movement has for nearly four decades given a voice to those who have no voice. It is a privilege to stand together with thousands of Americans in solidarity and faithful commitment to our solemn duty to protect and defend the lives of the most innocent among us." "The Republican majority in Congress has pledged to protect the sanctity of life by ensuring no tax dollars are used for abortion, a policy supported by the vast majority of America. Appreciation goes to those whose tireless efforts continue to shine a light on the need to protect the sanctity and value of human life. May we never forget that our cause is just and timeless because there is nothing more fundamental to our humanity than to defend life." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Rep. Price Statement on Repeal of Mexico City Policy. 23 January 2009. "Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement regarding the President's signing of an executive order repealing the Mexico City Policy. The policy prohibits U.S tax dollars from funding abortions overseas. The policy was first implemented in 1984, and has been in place continuously since 2001. "Not even waiting a week, the new administration has acted to funnel U.S. tax dollars to abortion providers overseas," said Rep. Price. "This is a stunning reversal of course from the President's campaign statements that he hoped to reduce the number of abortions. Just a day after thousands of Americans came to Washington to celebrate the principle of life, President Obama has made it clear that reducing abortions is not one of his priorities." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tom Price voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Tom Price voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Tom Price voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Tom Price in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tom Price voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. The Battle For Patient-Centered Reforms Will Continue. 23 March 2010. "Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after President Obama signed into law the Democrats' government takeover of health care. "Future generations will decry the enactment of this law as one of the most irresponsible acts ever perpetrated by the federal government," said Congressman Price. "Americans now face a future of spending more money for decreased access to less innovative and lower quality care. Government spending on health care will send taxes and debt to crippling levels. "We cannot allow this disaster to go forward. We must repeal and replace this law. We must repeal the unconstitutional individual mandate, the job-killing taxes, the taxpayer funding of abortion, the unfunded mandates on States, the harmful cuts to Medicare, the new government czars who will decide what kind of insurance Americans must purchase, and the shady backroom deals made to shove the bill through Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on the Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Today, House Republicans upheld our pledge to honor the concerns of the majority of Americans and ensure that no hard-earned taxpayer dollars are used for abortions. This is a fundamental step in our efforts to protect the sanctity of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Republicans Vote to Prevent Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. 5 May 2011. "The vast majority of the American people, regardless of their position on abortion, oppose using hard-earned taxpayer money for the provision of abortion services," said Chairman Price. "As a result, prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion has enjoyed strong, bipartisan support in Congress in the past. The efforts of our Democrat colleagues to pass ObamaCare last Congress are even more disappointing as they betrayed this long-standing effort to protect the sanctity of life and enacted legislation inconsistent with that prohibition. We vote today to make permanent the prohibition of taxpayer funding of abortion and to fulfill our pledge to protect and value the sanctity of life. This is not a new battle we face, but it is one that requires our vigilance and willingness to take the necessary steps to ensure federal funds are not used for abortion services, consistent with the will of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Tom Price. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tom Price. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Tom Price a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on President Obama's Speech on Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "Every American wants to see our military men and women return home to their families as soon as possible," said Chairman Price. "The brave men and women of our military continue to risk their lives to ensure that Afghanistan does not once again become a safe haven for terrorists who seek to kill Americans and our allies. Their commitment to the mission and unparalleled professionalism has resulted in success at beating back Taliban forces and disrupting terrorist networks. It is because of that success, and the sacrifice that was necessary to achieve it, that America and our allies should not cede initiative to the enemy. President Obama must lead. Leadership in this instance means making decisions based on conditions on the ground, listening to our military commanders and not changing strategy for political purposes. If the president is unwilling or unable to lead with resolve and commitment, if he continues to telegraph our strategy and tactical decisions to the enemy, then he should admit to the country that his administration will not support the fight that is necessary, and bring our brave men and women home now." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Supplemental Bill Will Help Bring Troops Home in Victory. 14 May 2009. "Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a supplemental measure to fund ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq . "We must give our troops the tools to continue their success and come home in victory," said Congressman Price. "By following the guidance of our commanders, we have seen positive developments in the region. However, many challenges lie ahead, especially in Afghanistan . Given the necessary resources, there is no enemy our brave men and women in uniform cannot defeat. "Providing them this support during a time of conflict should not be an issue of partisan contention, as Democrats have repeatedly made it. Going forward, I hope that President Obama will continue to heed the advice of his generals on the ground in order to execute a strategy that values success over appeasing his party's vocal fringe." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement On Administration Order To Delay Troop Request. 22 September 2009. "Just months ago, President Obama laid out his new mission for Afghanistan and installed his own commander to implement it," said Congressman Price. "Now, the President is showing an equivocation that appears to have more to do with politics than achieving success in the field. General McChrystal has made it plainly clear that victory is possible, but it will require the President to fulfill his commitment to a counter-insurgency strategy and to do so quickly. "The artificial delay imposed by the President is a disservice to the troops and commanders striving to defeat our enemies in a hostile region. The President must promptly make clear what his plan is for our men and women in Afghanistan. This is no time to put a political strategy before a military strategy. If victory is possible, Republicans stand ready to fully support the President and the mission in Afghanistan. Yet if he no longer believes Afghanistan is the central front for defeating al-Qaeda, then he must explain this 180-degree turn to the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Comments On Iraq and Afghanistan. 31 August 2010. "Like every American, I welcome home our proud soldiers who have returned from Iraq," said Congressman Price. "It is their untold sacrifices, and those of their fallen comrades, that made the surge strategy a success. We owe them all an enormous debt of gratitude. "Though they want to spin the facts today, there is no question that Democrats like President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Reid opposed the surge in Iraq and preferred to accept defeat. Try as they might, they cannot rewrite that disturbing history. Nevertheless, the fight is not yet finished. 50,000 American troops remain in harm's way in Iraq, and they need our continued support. Likewise, our servicemembers in Afghanistan still face a tough fight to root out al Qaeda and its Taliban allies. "Looking forward, the President must ignore a desire to impose on our troops still in theater politically motivated timetables for withdrawal. He must not undermine their hard-won successes by focusing on inflexible schedules that only demoralize our allies and give hope to our enemies." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Calls On President To Act On Afghanistan. 28 September 2009. "If history is our guide, wars must be run by military leaders, not politicians in Washington," said Congressman Price. "Today our top commander in Afghanistan has voiced loudly and clearly that to complete our mission against radical insurgents, he requires the full resources of a counter-insurgency strategy. Yet while our commanders are expressing urgency, and casualties are rising, the President has seemingly put General McChyrstal's request in a drawer. "Delaying action on Afghanistan only puts our troops in greater danger and moves us no closer to success. And achievement is not possible with only half a commitment. The President must be dedicated to finishing what he called the central front' in the war and take a course of action which puts the United States and its allies on the offensive. As the Generals have been clear, and with the situation deteriorating, I call on our commander-in-chief to act like one." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Letter To Barack Obama, President Of The United States. 20 November 2009. "We are writing you to express our deep concern over the state of your Afghanistan policy. For over two months you have been engaged in a strategy review that has left the country, our military, and allies uncertain about your commitment to the war in Afghanistan and unsure about your will to do what it is necessary to win this conflict. Worse, we fear this process has emboldened our enemies. We believe that it is long overdue for our military to be in the execution stage of the strategy instead of the evaluation phase. While no one disputes that a Commander-in-Chief should deliberate before making decisions, particularly in matters involving life and death, we believe this review is having a detrimental impact on our efforts in Afghanistan. While 68,000 U.S. forces are fighting on the battlefield, your strategy review in Washington has returned the country to the policy drift that undermined our efforts in Afghanistan for much of the war. Members who have just returned from visiting theater report that our military believes they can succeed, but are unsure whether Washington will give them the opportunity." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Democrats To Pin $108 Billion Global Bailout On Back Of Troops. 3 June 2009. "The President has taken steps toward winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We cannot afford to subvert a plan for victory and hang our troops out to dry in order to let Democrats implement yet another misguided spending spree. I call on Democrat leaders to reconsider their decision and move forward with a clean bill to fund our troops." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. CNN "American Morning" - Transcript. 30 November 2009. "CHETRY: Well the president has spoken about that, and he has said that it is very important to defeat the Taliban and Al Qaeda, to send a message to the world that it's the war that we need to fight. That's been his argument since the campaign trail. What is he going to say tonight that is going to determine whether or not Republicans throw their support behind the president when it comes to his plan for Afghanistan? PRICE: Well, I think the tone of his message, the tone of the president's message is incredibly helpful, because if he talks about an exit strategy only and if he talks about benchmarks in terms of calendar timelines, then that's where the challenge is, because the Afghan people are just sitting on the fence. They're hedging their bets right now. They are not certain America is committed to prevailing in this mission. If the president is very resolute, if he's very specific about what he believes the mission is and what can be accomplished, then I think we'll be fine." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Tom Price voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement On President's Afghanistan Remarks. 1 December 2009. "We are all pleased that the President's extended deliberations have come to a close," said Congressman Price. "It is encouraging that the President has not turned his back on Afghanistan, but serious questions were raised by his remarks tonight. The consequences of handing Afghanistan to al Qaeda and the Taliban remain grave, and it is essential that we support our troops in their mission. Having just returned from Afghanistan, it worries me that the President's commitment to our mission does not match that of our troops on the ground. "If we are to commit even one troop to further engagement in Afghanistan, it should be with the strategy that our commanders believe gives us the best shot at achieving their mission. While I have ultimate confidence in our commanders' ability to effectively utilize these additional troops, it is troubling that the President rejected General McChrystal's full request for resources." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Thomas E. Price. President's Vague Budget Framework Calls for Draining Defense Funding. 21 April 2011. "Any honest plan to lower our deficits and get our debt under control must include careful scrutiny of how taxpayer dollars are spent at the Pentagon," said Chairman Price. "The responsible budget House Republicans have proposed does make cuts in defense spending based on the recommendations of our military. The president unfortunately has made vague promises to slash $400 billion more in defense spending which leaves a remarkable amount of uncertainty for those who plan and execute the defense of our nation. Further, it could threaten our ability to achieve success in our current operations, plan for potential threats, and provide support for our military families. Just weeks after getting involved in another conflict overseas, our Commander-in-Chief is traveling the country trying to sell a so-called budget proposal that is heavy on rhetoric but light on the details. The Obama Administration should not finance its dreams of high-speed rail and other "investments' on the backs of our military men and women and their families. As we fight to restore fiscal sanity for our future, we must also ensure that we are providing the necessary resources to those fighting to protect it." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Chairman Price Praises Bipartisan Passage of "Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012." 18 July 2012. "Although national security makes up only 19 percent of our federal budget, defense would be forced to bear the burden of nearly half of all funding cuts under the current law. This is in addition to nearly $500 billion in current reductions already put in place to, decreasing our defense spending. We live in an increasingly dangerous world. We fail to recognize it at our own peril. More defense spending reductions in this manner would dramatically decrease the size of our military, hinder our competitiveness, jeopardize hundreds of thousands of jobs and compromise America's posture as a global superpower -- threatening our very security." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Facebook: Wall. 18 July 2012. "$500 billion in additional defense cuts on the line. Mr. President, who will you cut? #SaveDefense." (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Price. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Tom Price voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Tom Price voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Tom Price voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Tom Price voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Tom Price voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Tom Price voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Tom Price voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tom Price voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2010. 2 April 2009. "Our budget preserves the tax relief adopted earlier in this decade, it encourages small businesses to create jobs, and it protects families from any tax increase. Now, how do we get to balance? Our budget ends, ends the misguided spending bills and bailouts of recent years. Our budget includes a 1 percent annual reduction to all nondefense discretionary spending. Defense is fully funded. We simply require each Department to find and eliminate 1 percent of wasteful spending under their jurisdiction each year, one penny out of every dollar. Is that too much, Madam Chair?" (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Democrats Hypocritically Hide Behind False Debate to Stall Progress on Budget Debate. 8 April 2011. "Their opposition to the troop funding bill -- which a bipartisan majority passed in the House yesterday -- is particularly inexplicable and inexcusable seeing as President Obama and members of the Democrat leadership in the House and Senate have previously supported components of that bill -- including the ban on taxpayer funding for abortions in D.C. For them to now use that as an excuse to oppose providing troop funding and certainty for those carrying out the defense of our nation is reckless and incomprehensible. "This is clearly not about policy for the Senate Democrat leadership. It is entirely about politics because they realize the American people do not stand with Democrats in support of the status quo spending binge in Washington. They have continuously refused to make the necessary cuts in spending to get us on a course to putting the nation's fiscal house in order. Republicans have and continue to fight for higher spending cuts because we know, as do the American people, that if Washington does not get the spending under control, our economy will suffer and more jobs will disappear. I call on our Commander-in-Chief and Senate Democrats to pass the bill to support our military and their families immediately and to end their stale, partisan political games so we can reach agreement on how much to cut spending for the remainder of this fiscal year." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Democrats Ignore Voters' Message to Cut Spending. 1 December 2010. "Today, Speaker Pelosi's lame duck majority is showing why lame duck sessions should be the exception, not the rule," said Congressman Price. "Americans sent an unmistakable message to Washington last month to cut spending immediately. Instead of listening to the voters, Democrats opted for an ultra short-term funding farce to buy time for one last, gargantuan spending spree. If these people were any more out-of-touch, they would be in orbit. "Conservatives crafted a more responsible solution that cuts the Democrats' spending plan by nearly $100 billion next year. Washington's current spending path is a road to ruin. To tackle these trillion-dollar deficits, we have to start by returning the budget to pre-stimulus and pre-bailout levels." NOTE: The Republican Study Committee's continuing resolution holds non-security discretionary spending at FY 2008 levels, continues current funding for defense, veterans, and homeland security, defunds ObamaCare, extends the House Republicans' earmark moratorium through FY 2011, and ensures pro-life protections. It includes none of the billions of dollars in new spending requested by President Obama." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Democrats To Pin $108 Billion Global Bailout On Back Of Troops. 3 June 2009. "Overextended taxpayers have no interest in seeing their tax dollars outsourced to a bailout of other nations," said Congressman Price. "And they certainly don't want to see this global bailout pinned to the backs of our troops. As our military fights two wars overseas, American troops deserve the resources necessary for completing their missions and coming home in victory. Tacking this enormous bailout onto a troop funding bill is the epitome of cheap politics meeting bad policy. "The President has taken steps toward winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We cannot afford to subvert a plan for victory and hang our troops out to dry in order to let Democrats implement yet another misguided spending spree. I call on Democrat leaders to reconsider their decision and move forward with a clean bill to fund our troops." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Give Our Troops the Resources They Need. 12 July 2010. "It is a sad state of affairs when billions of dollars in bailouts and other unrelated spending take precedence over the nation's security and the needs of our men and women in uniform," said Congressman Price. "The Democrats' insistence on adding layer upon layer of unrelated spending to what should be a troop-funding bill has only delayed action on getting needed resources for our Armed Forces. This failure to pass a clean war supplemental before the Pentagon's deadline is simply irresponsible. Our military has been waiting for months now. How much longer will Democrats hold in limbo these necessary resources for our war fighters? The clock is ticking. Every day they continue to delay puts an even greater burden on our military. I call on my Democrat colleagues to join Republicans in passing a clean troop-funding bill as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. House Democrats Exposed on Iraq: No Money for Our Troops but Plenty of Room for Tax Increases. 15 May 2008. "The military spending bill passed by Democrats contains no money for our military, yet has restrictions on our commanders and includes a massive tax increase. "Today's vote is a stunning demonstration of how Democrats in the House view our brave troops," said Rep. Price. "They are willing to tell our commanders how to run a war, yet deprive them of the money to execute it. "For too long, the majority has relied on Republicans to carry their water to support our troops. Today, the curtain has been pulled back, and all that is left is extraneous spending, job-killing tax hikes, and handcuffs on our military. This is the result of government by fiat. "House Democrats have hung our troops out to dry. Rather than soaking every action in partisan politics, it is time for real leadership. I call on Congress to pass a clean funding bill for our troops." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. President's Misguided Priorities Harm Nation. 6 April 2009. "It's outrageous that President Obama is willing to bury the country under a mountain of debt with his reckless domestic agenda but refuses to fund programs critical to our national defense," said Rep. Price. "One of the world's most dangerous rogue states flexed its muscle this weekend with a defiant missile launch. Instead of ensuring that America has the capability to respond to all credible threats, the President has responded by cutting the critical F-22 program. This decision will not only cost thousands of jobs at a critical time, it is detrimental to the country's national defense capabilities. It seems the only place the President is willing to cut spending is on the armed forces. The President's priorities are deeply flawed. We will fight to preserve this important program." (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

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  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 93 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. The Official Truth Squad. 17 April 2007. "I want to mention a couple of other facts and then call on a couple of other good friends who have joined me this evening. Oftentimes, Madam Speaker, you hear people say, well, the wealthy in this Nation don't pay any taxes, or they get a remarkable tax benefit, that they are given favored treatment. You hear that oftentimes by our friends on the other side. This chart, Madam Speaker, really points out the truth. These are actual numbers and actual facts. And that is that the top 1 percent of wage earners in this Nation, the top 1 percent, pay 36.9 percent of the taxes. That is, the top 1 percent pay 36.9 percent of the taxes. If you take the top 10 percent of wage earners in this Nation, the taxes that they pay, the total revenue that they pay in terms of taxes for this Nation, 68.2 percent. And the top half, the top 50 percent pay 96.7 percent of the tax revenue that comes into this Nation. Madam Speaker, that is a fact. It is important to appreciate that because our good friends on the other side of the aisle so often want to play class warfare. They want to pit one side against the other. And what this shows very, very clearly is that individuals all across this Nation are paying their fair share and then some." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Thomas Price, pledge to the taxpayers of the 6th 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 business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. CNN "CNN Newsroom". 28 July 2012. "What I'm OK with is making certain that we reform our tax system in a positive way. For me, I'm a big fan of the National Retail Sales Tax, doing away with the income taxes all across the board, because we've got to reinvigorate this economy, but what we need is the debate. That's why we put our budget on the table earlier this year because we believe that there needs to be fundamental tax reform. [¦] But in order to do that, you have to lower the rate, broaden the base and make it so that it's much more fair for individuals all across this land and reinvigorate this economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Facebook: Wall. 2 August 2012. "Yesterday I voted to stop the tax hike on American families & small businesses, paving the way for pro-growth tax reform that boosts job creation & economy." (www.facebook.com)
  • Thomas E. Price. Georgia Republicans Speak Out on Tax Day. 15 April 2011. "Every dollar taken by the government is one less dollar the American people can use themselves to pursue their dreams, grow our economy, and create jobs. Rather than higher taxes, we should focus on tax reform that will lower rates and broaden the base to make America more competitive in the global economy and expand opportunities for families." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on Tax Day. 17 April 2012. "House Republicans will continue to work toward positive, comprehensive tax reform like the pro-growth policies outlined in our budget proposal. The president's policies rely on Washington taking more money out of hard-working taxpayers' pockets in order to pay for ever-increasing federal spending. Our tax code ought to be simpler, flatter, and encourage success." (votesmart.org)
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  • Thomas E. Price. Senate Democrats Hit 750 Days Without A Budget. 19 May 2011. "While Democrats may talk a lot about fiscal responsibility, their actions tell a far different story. For over two years, Senate Democrats have not bothered to even pass a budget -- refusing to take the most basic first step to getting spending under control," said Chairman Price. "This inaction demonstrates a complete disinterest on the part of Washington Democrats to do what is necessary to restore a positive environment for economic growth and job creation. Rather than exercising leadership, they have resorted to launching misleading and dishonest attacks on Republicans and our responsible proposals to avoid a spending-driven debt crisis. Senate Democrats ought to work with House Republicans on spending cuts and budget reforms because our nation cannot afford another two years of empty promises." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on April Jobs Report. 6 May 2011. "House Republicans came to Washington with one primary goal this year: create an environment conducive to job creation in America," said Chairman Price. "The latest unemployment report indicates the uncertainty that remains prevalent in the market resulting in sustained unemployment rates that are disturbingly high. It took more than 4 months to build the existing barriers to job creation and the task of tearing those down has only just begun. House Republicans will continue to promote legislation that ends the spending-driven debt crisis and encourages our free enterprise to thrive. We look to Democrats in Washington to begin working with us in our efforts rather than blocking our every move, making it increasingly difficult for sustained economic growth and prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Responds to White House Decision to Abandon the Defense of Marriage Act. 23 February 2011. "Millions of Americans are still out of work and our economy is under considerable strain thanks to the burdens imposed by the Obama Administration's debt-inducing agenda in Washington," said Chairman Price. "Rather than focus its attention on working with Republicans to cut spending and get our economy moving again, the administration is diverting its attention and abandoning the government's defense of marriage. This announcement by the Obama Administration is a political move at a time when the American people need leaders in Washington working together to solve our great challenges. Those who have fought to redefine marriage have often relied on the court to legislate from the bench rather than through their duly elected representatives in both Congress and state legislatures. Today's action by the White House will only encourage others to use the courts as a springboard to enact an agenda outside the legislative branches of government. Once again, this demonstrates a woeful lack of leadership on the part of the president and his administration." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. No Excuses for Democrat Stubbornness and Negligence. 25 March 2011. "House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement today as Congress plans to return next week, and House Republicans continue to fight for a responsible proposal to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year while cutting spending to help grow the economy. [...] "Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle have used the threat of a government shutdown to delay necessary action as they fight for a status quo that is bankrupting our nation. The stale political games they have played thus far are unacceptable -- particularly when Congress will need to tackle the far larger challenges of entitlement reform and a long-term budget plan in the coming months. So long as Washington Democrats stand in the way of solutions while offering none of their own, they stand in the way of a stronger economy, job growth today and a more prosperous future tomorrow. They stand in the way of America!" (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Tom Price a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Tom Price voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Tom Price voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on June Jobs Report. 8 July 2011. "There are no good excuses but certainly plenty of painful reasons why the American people continue to face disappointing levels of economic growth and job creation," said Chairman Price. "For over two years Washington has tried to micromanage economic prosperity and the results are as troubling as they were predictable. But, despite the efforts of our Democrat colleagues to continue spending money we do not have while threatening to raise taxes on those who create jobs, Republicans are offering an alternative vision. We believe that American entrepreneurs and the free enterprise system that built this nation ought to be allowed to thrive without Washington picking winners and losers and without taking more money out of the hands of hard working American families. That is why we have put forth numerous proposals to rein in spending, fix a broken regulatory regime in Washington, and encourage job creation through areas like energy production. It is why when it comes to addressing the mountain of debt that threatens to derail our economy, we have opposed Democrat efforts to raise taxes on job creators and have focused on cutting spending and reforming the drivers of our debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on First Quarter GDP Report. 28 April 2011. "The economy won't grow as needed or consistently until positive federal policy is enacted. The policies of this administration remain destructive to our economy and job growth. This report is the latest reminder of how much more work needs to be done to remove barriers to economic growth and promote policies that address the challenges facing American families like the painful rise in gas prices," said Chairman Price. "That work must include a responsible plan to end the Washington spending binge and remove oppressive regulations on our small businesses and job creators. [...] "If Democrats in Congress and the Obama Administration are serious about addressing the issues before us, they will work with House Republicans and stop promoting policies that stand in the way of our economic recovery and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on Democrats' Debt Limit Proposal. 31 May 2011. "President Obama and Democrats in Washington have said time and again that they want to see an increase in the nation's debt ceiling, no strings attached," said Chairman Price. "Democrats seem to think that getting our fiscal house in order ought to be someone else's problem for another time. That is the same attitude that got us into this mess, and it is unacceptable to the American people. Congress cannot continue sticking its head in the sand when it comes to this looming debt crisis. We need to take action today. Republicans have offered proposals to bring spending under control and end the days of trillion dollar deficits. Any consideration to raise the debt limit must begin with addressing the spending and broken policies that are causing our deficits. The positive solutions Republicans have brought to the table would lift the crushing burden of debt that stands in the way of economic growth and job creation. The American people are demanding solutions; Republicans are with the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on March Jobs Report. 1 April 2011. "It is positive that we are headed in the right direction, but far more needs to be done in order to rebuild our economy and create opportunities for more Americans," said Chairman Price. "Providing greater economic certainty and breaking down barriers to job creation has been and will continue to be the focus of House Republicans. Americans understand that in order to generate long-term, robust, and sustainable job growth, Washington must cut spending and put the country on a fiscally responsible path. Thus far, there has been a stubborn unwillingness on the part of Senate Democrats and the White House to confront our debt crisis and propose responsible solutions to create a better environment for job creators. For the sake of millions of Americans still without a job, Democrats should stop playing politics and get to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on May Jobs Report. 3 June 2011. "For over two years President Obama and Congressional Democrats have claimed our economic recovery would come from an agenda built upon trillions in deficit spending and the implementation of onerous new regulations," said Chairman Price. "We have the results of that experiment: an anemic pace of economic growth and job creation. Despite such evidence, the White House and Democrats are still intent on spending money we do not have, raising taxes on families and businesses, and stalling job creating initiatives like three pending trade agreements. What is worse, they have chosen to demagogue the efforts of House Republicans to address the long-term drivers of our debt. That behavior sends the absolute wrong signal to job creators and investors in our economy. It is no coincidence that the credit rating agency Moody's announced just yesterday that without a serious commitment from Washington to tackle our fiscal challenges they would consider downgrading their outlook on America's financial standing. This is what will happen if Congress fails to seize the mantle of leadership and make the necessary reforms to avoid a debt crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on Republicans Pro-Growth Job Creation Agenda. 26 May 2011. "The American spirit of entrepreneurship that built this nation into the world's foremost economic force is alive and well," said Chairman Price. "Unfortunately, the pursuit of dreams and opportunity has been stymied by politicians and bureaucrats who have made it their job to micromanage from Washington rather than creating an environment conducive to growth and job creation. Today's economic recovery has been sluggish because Democrats continue to pursue policies built on reckless spending, job-crushing regulations and a burdensome, anti-competitive tax system. House Republicans want to unleash the power of America's free enterprise system through pro-growth policies that will not only lift the crushing burden of debt but also end the misguided ways of Washington that are holding America's economy back. Our reforms would lift onerous regulations, open up markets, and make our nation a more attractive place to invest, more energy independent, and better able to promote innovation. These steps will empower small businesses and hard-working Americans to grow our economy, create jobs, and foster lasting prosperity in America." (votesmart.org)
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  • Thomas E. Price. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 22 July 2011. "In order to keep America competitive in the 21st century, Congress needs to foster an economic climate that helps U.S. industries expand opportunities, hire new employees, and invest in research and development. This cannot happen if American businesses remain mired in regulation, litigation, and taxation. As a key Member of the House Education and Labor Committee, I have fought back attempts to increase unnecessary regulatory burdens on business. I pushed to reform our court system and end frivolous lawsuits. And I have voted time and time again to target tax breaks toward small businesses for research and development and expansion. It has been my experience that the most positive economic outcomes are produced when the government sets fair rules then stands aside and allows businesses the economic freedom to provide opportunities. This is the course that will keep America prosperous and job creation abundant." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. "The small businesses who keep America running are getting pummeled by the Obama-Pelosi agenda," said Congressman Price. President, Congressional Democrats Prepare to Pummel Small Businesses with Massive Tax Hike. 28 July 2010. "Their costly new mandates, red tape, and tax increases have already damaged the prospects for job creation and economic recovery over the last year and a half. Unfortunately, Democrats plan to make life even tougher on small businesses with major tax increases that take effect on January 1. Under the Obama plan, many small businesses will pay almost forty percent of their gross revenue in federal income taxes. The government's share could exceed fifty percent when you include the taxes collected by state and local governments. How are employers supposed to survive in that kind of environment? "Times are tough enough without Washington adding huge new tax increases into the mix. For our job market to truly recover, small businesses need a friendly, low-tax environment that lets them see the fruits of their success. Congress also needs to act swiftly to cut spending and reduce the trillion dollar deficits that have shaken Americans' confidence in our country's fiscal health." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Marks End to Democrats' Irresponsible Fiscal Year. 30 September 2010. "But the liberal policies of tax, spend, and borrow are just one part of what is driving our nation off the cliff to fiscal disaster. We have had weak economic growth in the wake of uncertainty fostered by failed big spending stimulus efforts, a daunting government takeover of health care, a permanent bailout authority, and now the threat of looming tax increases on families and small businesses. The liberal agenda of the past few years has painted an unwelcomed target on the backs of American job creators and entrepreneurs. Our Democrat colleagues seemed to have ignored the relationship between their failed policies and an inability to balance the budget. Of course, in order to balance a budget, Congress must first write one -- an annual responsibility the Democrat leadership did not feel was a priority this year." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement On August Jobs Report. 3 September 2010. "Republicans have fought diligently alongside the American people against an out-of-touch majority who's singular focus is amassing more power. We have and will continue to offer a substantive set of positive solutions for everything from patient-centered health care reforms to a serious plan to rein in Washington's chronic out-of-control spending. What we must not tolerate are tax hikes on American families and small businesses or greater deficit spending masquerading as "stimulus.' That agenda has only sowed the seeds of uncertainty among America's job creators. The unemployment rate is going in the wrong direction because Democrats in control of Congress have pushed our country in the wrong direction. It is time we try something new." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement On State Of The Union Address. 27 January 2010. "The President may talk about the need for more jobs, but they won't arrive until he recognizes that it is his agenda that is preventing job creation. The President's stubborn insistence on a government takeover of health care, costly energy legislation, and greater intervention into the financial markets are scaring away investment and providing uncertainty to small business owners. The elimination of capital gains taxes for small businesses is a welcome proposal we have long embraced, and a minimal spending freeze is a tepid step in the right direction. Yet, until the President digs deeper and drops his larger agenda, they will bear little relief for struggling Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on Anemic GDP Report. 29 October 2010. "For the millions of American families struggling to make ends meet, today's economic report is a sad reminder that the policies of the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats have been a costly failure," said Congressman Price. "Meanwhile, the president and his allies on Capitol Hill continue to enthusiastically promote and pursue a big government agenda. They are refusing to admit that their deficit spending, looming tax increases, and onerous new government burdens on job creators are standing in the way of robust private sector economic growth. "Despite today's report and an unemployment rate that remains unacceptably high, Democrats in Washington still believe that more spending, more taxes, and more government are the answers to our economic woes. Republicans understand that we cannot continue down that road to fiscal ruin while ignoring the economic destruction it has left behind. That is why we are fighting to reverse the growth in government and spending and keep taxes low so that American entrepreneurs will no longer see opportunities for growth and job creation held hostage to chronic uncertainty." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on June Jobs Report. 8 July 2011. "There are no good excuses but certainly plenty of painful reasons why the American people continue to face disappointing levels of economic growth and job creation," said Chairman Price. "For over two years Washington has tried to micromanage economic prosperity and the results are as troubling as they were predictable. But, despite the efforts of our Democrat colleagues to continue spending money we do not have while threatening to raise taxes on those who create jobs, Republicans are offering an alternative vision. We believe that American entrepreneurs and the free enterprise system that built this nation ought to be allowed to thrive without Washington picking winners and losers and without taking more money out of the hands of hard working American families. That is why we have put forth numerous proposals to rein in spending, fix a broken regulatory regime in Washington, and encourage job creation through areas like energy production. It is why when it comes to addressing the mountain of debt that threatens to derail our economy, we have opposed Democrat efforts to raise taxes on job creators and have focused on cutting spending and reforming the drivers of our debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on Republicans Pro-Growth Job Creation Agenda. 26 May 2011. "The American spirit of entrepreneurship that built this nation into the world's foremost economic force is alive and well," said Chairman Price. "Unfortunately, the pursuit of dreams and opportunity has been stymied by politicians and bureaucrats who have made it their job to micromanage from Washington rather than creating an environment conducive to growth and job creation. Today's economic recovery has been sluggish because Democrats continue to pursue policies built on reckless spending, job-crushing regulations and a burdensome, anti-competitive tax system. House Republicans want to unleash the power of America's free enterprise system through pro-growth policies that will not only lift the crushing burden of debt but also end the misguided ways of Washington that are holding America's economy back. Our reforms would lift onerous regulations, open up markets, and make our nation a more attractive place to invest, more energy independent, and better able to promote innovation. These steps will empower small businesses and hard-working Americans to grow our economy, create jobs, and foster lasting prosperity in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price on November Unemployment Report. 3 December 2010. "Nationwide, the unemployment rate has stayed at 9.4 percent or higher for 19 straight months," said Congressman Price. "Yet instead of sensible policies to encourage private sector job creation, Democrats have pushed one job-killing idea after another. Just yesterday, Speaker Pelosi's lame duck majority voted for higher taxes on small businesses all across the country. Well, higher taxes don't hire Americans. Small businesses do. "Washington has built up some daunting barriers to job creation in recent years. Breaking down those barriers will be Republicans' number one goal next year." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price: "The President Ought to Answer the Call of Leadership." 30 June 2011. "Despite what President Obama may say, his Administration and his Democrat allies in Congress have shown an appalling lack of leadership when it comes to the most pressing issues of our time," said Chairman Price. "They have been unwilling to bring forth concrete proposals of their own that would actually contribute in a positive way to the debate over how we get America moving again. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has passed several pieces of legislation that would help spur job creation, address the pain caused by higher gas prices, and encourage innovation. We have taken action to remove the regulatory burdens imposed by this Administration, to reform the tax code so that American entrepreneurs can compete, and to instill confidence in our economy. House Republicans have passed a budget that addresses the drivers of our debt and makes the necessary reforms to save and protect health and retirement programs while putting us on a path to a more prosperous future. Rather than continuing to demagogue the good faith efforts of House Republicans, the President ought to answer the call of leadership." (votesmart.org)
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  • Thomas Price. Democrats Ignore Concerns of Governors, Local School Leaders. 2 December 2010. "Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement on S. 3307, the $4.6 billion child nutrition bill passed by the House today. 'As usual, this lame duck Congress under Democrat rule thinks it knows better than everyone else," said Congressman Price. "Governors and local school leaders from all across the country have raised serious concerns about the contents of this bill, which uses borrowed money to enlarge old programs, create new ones, and impose heavy burdens on cash-strapped state governments. People at the local level know far better than the federal government how to best meet their children's needs. Americans are fed up with Washington's overspending and constant interference with decisions that should be made by families and state and local governments.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Price. Price Supports Efforts of First Ever National School Choice Week. 27 January 2011. "When it comes to selecting the best education for their children, parents should have as much choice and flexibility as possible [¦] The movement to embrace school choice is fundamental to our belief that parents know best what their children need and that the government should not try to limit opportunities by insisting on a one-size-fits all scenario. Speaker Boehner and Senator Lieberman should be commended for taking up the banner of school choice by fighting to restore the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program. Their efforts and those of Americans all across the country who are celebrating the first ever National School Choice Week are doing invaluable service to current and future generations of American students. This action will shed light on the continued need to fight for quality education, choice, and opportunity for American families." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Price. Price Introduces Teacher Performance Incentive Bill. 30 September 2009. "Congressman Tom Price (GA-06) issued the following statement to announce the introduction of the Teacher Incentive Fund Act, legislation to provide financial rewards for teachers and principals who raise student achievement in the classroom. 'Too many American students are let down by an education system that provides no incentive for teachers to challenge our children,' said Congressman Price. 'Second only to parents, teachers have the most influence on the development of young minds. By rewarding those teachers who have encouraged students to excel in the classroom, America's youth will be able to flourish and American competitiveness can be assured for a long time to come. The Teacher Incentive Fund will lower teacher attrition rates and make teaching jobs in hard to staff schools more attractive. If we want every child taught by a highly effective teacher, then we must create the mechanisms to encourage capable Americans to enter the teaching profession. Putting positive incentives in the classroom, and keeping the best teachers, we can produce more positive outcomes for all American students.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Price. Issue Position: Education. 7 August 2012. "Education is the cornerstone of every child's development. This foundation of learning must continue to be built on the local control of schools that empowers parents and school districts to make the best decisions for their children, not the federal government. Bringing accountability, flexibility, and choice to our schools are vital to achieving results in our classrooms. The status quo arguments made by those who have never taught in our classrooms have only hindered our abilities to reform education. Simply put, the status quo when it comes to public education is unacceptable. We cannot settle for mediocre results from our teachers or from our students. I recognize the need to have highly qualified teachers in our classrooms. Teachers that do more than just teach students, but those who reach students to help them achieve their potential. To attract these types of teachers and improve teacher retention rates I created the - "Teacher Incentive Fund," which establishes performance-based compensation for teachers who improve student achievement in high-needs schools." (votesmart.org)
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  • Thomas E. Price. Republicans Fight Job-Killing Energy Tax. 30 July 2010. "Washington should be focused on cleaning up the oil in the Gulf, learning the facts about what went wrong, and holding BP and other negligent parties to account," said Congressman Price. "But this legislation is just another example of Democrats exploiting a serious crisis to impose their job-killing policies on an unwilling public. The CLEAR ACT imposes a de-facto nationwide moratorium on new offshore oil and gas production and levies a $22 billion tax on domestic energy resources. The outcome of these policies is quite clear indeed. Consumers will pay higher energy costs, American jobs will evaporate, and our economy will become even more dependent on foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price: President Light Years Away From "All-You-Can-Create" Energy Policy. 31 March 2010. "President Obama's plan for our energy future puts the entire West Coast off limits to oil and gas production along with much of the East Coast," said Congressman Price. "The very limited exceptions, while a baby step in the right direction, hardly compare to the bountiful resources this administration continues to lock away from the American people. After more than a year of delay, the decision to prevent the United States from realizing its full energy potential flies in the face of reports that the administration's own data show Americans support offshore drilling by a two-to-one margin. Despite the spin, the President really just reiterated his desire for more restrictions and more delays on offshore oil and gas production. Worst of all, he continues to push for a National Energy Tax. The disastrous economic damage from such a misguided policy would eclipse the limited new drilling allowances thousands of times over. President Obama is still light years away from the all-you-can-create energy policy this country needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. 22 June 2011. "Washington has failed the country when it comes to positive solutions for domestic energy production. The bureaucracy has created countless barriers to offshore energy production, decreasing Americans' access to jobs and domestic energy resources. With unemployment at 9.1% and high gas prices hitting Americans in the wallet, Washington must stop foolishly delaying the production of American-made energy," said Chairman Price. "House Republicans have long supported an All-Of-The-Above energy plan that lowers our dependence on foreign sources of energy and creates energy jobs here at home. More American energy means more American jobs and lower energy costs. The Obama Administration's energy policies and the mindless web of regulations imposed by the EPA are holding America back. We call on the Administration to get serious about decreasing our dependence on foreign energy and bringing unemployment down. President Obama should work with House Republicans on our positive solutions to remove these roadblocks to exploration and production." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on Latest Offshore Energy Ban. 1 December 2010. "Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after the Obama administration reversed course and announced it would renew a ban on offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast through 2017. "Energy development and job creation go hand in hand," said Congressman Price. "The resources President Obama is locking away could help wean us off foreign oil, pay down the national debt, and create good jobs right here at home. Keeping these areas off-limits to domestic energy production will only create more demand for offshore drilling in parts of the world with far less concern for environmental impacts." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on June Jobs Report. 8 July 2011. "Today's jobs report confirms that there is more work that needs to be done. There are positive ways to strength the economy and promote job creation, but more deficit spending and higher taxes are not a recipe for success. In the days ahead, Americans will be looking for leaders who can offer concrete solutions to the challenges facing our economy. House Republicans have put forth a myriad of ideas, and we would welcome the same level of substantive contribution from the White House and Congressional Democrats." The following House-passed jobs bills await Senate action: -H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act -H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act -H.J.Res. 37, a Resolution of disapproval regarding the FCC's regulation of the Internet and broadband industry practices -H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act -H.R. 1230, Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act -H.R. 1229, Putting the Gulf ofMexico Back to Work Act -H.R. 1231, Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act -H.R. 2021, the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act -H.Con.Res. 34, a Resolution establishing the budget for the United States government for fiscal year 2012 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. House Votes to Expand American-Made Energy Production. 5 May 2011. "House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1230, theRestarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act -- legislation requiring the Secretary of the Interior to conduct offshore oil and natural gas lease sales that have been delayed or cancelled by the Obama Administration. "As gas prices climb to near record highs, the Obama Administration continues policies that block the production of American-made energy," said Chairman Price. "Those policies destroy jobs and limit the supply of available energy resources which increase the cost of oil and gas. House Republicans are committed to breaking down the administration's barriers to oil and natural gas production here at home so that we decrease our dependence on foreign sources of energy and allow businesses to create more American jobs. The administration should act sooner rather than later on these lease sales and join Republicans in expanding opportunities for American-made energy production and economic growth. That's a positive solution!" (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Tom Price voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. House Republicans Vote to Put the Gulf Back to Work. 11 May 2011. "The Obama Administration's continued resistance to the production of American-made energy is indefensible," said Chairman Price. "The moratorium on offshore exploration in the Gulf of Mexico has cost thousands of American jobs, and it will make our nation more dependent on foreign sources of energy. Instead of begging foreign governments, House Republicans are committed to policies that promote domestic energy production. This will not only help America better control its energy future, but it will also encourage job creation and economic growth here at home. The White House should stop building barriers either in the energy sector or elsewhere that make it harder for companies to invest and hire more of our neighbors." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. House Republicans Take Action to Spur American-Made Energy Production and Job Creation. 12 May 2011. "President Obama has claimed he wants to reduce America's reliance on imports of oil; yet his administration pursues policies that will yield greater dependence on foreign sources while allowing millions of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue to go unrealized here at home," said Chairman Price. "American families are struggling with higher gas prices and limited job opportunities which is why Republicans are taking action to address both our energy and our economic challenges. Under the president's moratorium, the United States has to watch the rest of the world expand their energy markets and create jobs as we sit idly by with vast resources untapped. House Republicans have taken several concrete steps to encourage and expand energy production here at home. As energy prices remain high, we must do all we can to influence the market and that includes expanding offshore exploration and production of American-made resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. All-of-the-Above Energy. 4 May 2011. "Mr. Speaker, when I drove to the airport to come out here this week, I recognized that gasoline was at $3.86 a gallon in my district, and the last time we got to these levels was almost 2 1/2 , 3 years ago in the summer of 2008. And we, at that time, came up with an all-of-the-above energy plan, a plan that recognizes that what we need to do is expand production in the United States. We need to concentrate on conservation. We need to incentivize new forms of energy. But first and foremost, in order to get us over the bridge, we need to make certain that we utilize responsibly resources that have been given to this great country by our Creator. We need offshore exploration, onshore exploration, clean coal technology, oil shale, all of the things that the American people know will decrease not just the price of gasoline but will decrease our reliance on foreign oil and make this country safer and the world safer. Let's get to work on an all-of-the-above energy plan on behalf of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Tom Price voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Tom Price voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
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  • Tom Price. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tom Price voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Tom Price voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Op-ed: Waxman the Anchorman. 26 May 2009. "The signature program of the Waxman-Markey legislation is a National Energy Tax, in the form of a "cap-and-trade" program, which mandates reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. And just days before last November's election, then-candidate Barack Obama admitted that "under [his] plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." Of course, it won't just be electricity. Energy costs are embedded in the price of everything we buy. If enacted, this energy tax could cost the average household over $3,000 per year. So, what do we get for our money? A very big anchor, indeed. According to recent estimates, by 2035 Waxman-Markey will raise gasoline prices 74% and electricity rates 90% higher than they otherwise would be. Skyrocketing electricity rates will cause American families and businesses to reduce their electricity usage by 36%. As a result, aggregate GDP falls by $9.6 trillion, and average yearly unemployment increases by 1,105,000 jobs. Proponents of the National Energy Tax often claim a desire for the United States to ‘lead the world' in fighting global warming. Perhaps they forget that Europeans have floundered beneath their own carbon trading scheme for more than a decade with little to show. A recent study indicates that, if U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are reduced 83% by the year 2050 as professed by Waxman-Markey, all of our economic anguish will only lower global temperatures by nine hundredths of a degree Fahrenheit. Even Ralph Nader and NASA scientist James Hansen acknowledge that cap-and-trade will have almost no impact on climate." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Comments on October Unemployment Data. 5 November 2010. "Many of the factors keeping unemployment high stem directly from actions the current Congress has taken or failed to take over the last two years," said Congressman Price. "ObamaCare, the uncertainty about tax rates, trillion-dollar deficits, and out-of-control regulators at the EPA and elsewhere have all put families and job creators on the defensive. And just this week, the Federal Reserve confirmed its plan to create more uncertainty about the value of our currency by printing another $600 billion. The number one focus for policymakers next year has to be removing these barriers to job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on EPA Announcement. 14 May 2010. "Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a final rule Thursday on the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. EPA will now require energy producers and manufacturers, under the Clean Air Act, to seek permits if their operations exceed EPA-established emission standards. "Coming just one day after Senate Democrats unveiled their latest national energy tax legislation, this action by the EPA is just the latest in a series of moves by this Administration and its allies on Capitol Hill that will increase energy prices and have a detrimental effect on our nation's economy," said Chairman Price. "The Administration has been rather clear that their actions are meant to provoke Congress into passing a job-killing national energy tax by threatening to otherwise go it alone through expanded EPA authority. This is not only a poor way to govern, but also a clear indication that rising gas prices, food prices, and home energy costs are burdens this Administration is willing to let the American people endure." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Tom Price. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Tom Price voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tom Price in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Tom Price voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Tom Price voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Tom Price a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Lauds Landmark Second Amendment Decision. 26 June 2008. "Once and for all, the individual right of law-abiding Americans to bear arms has been affirmed," said Rep. Price. "Today's ruling is among the most responsible and significant in our nation's history. It is the benchmark by which all future cases regarding the Second Amendment will be gauged and validates the intent of our Founding Fathers. "This decision demonstrates the immense importance of responsible appointments to the Supreme Court bench. Justice Scalia and those joining him in the majority decision should be applauded for their prudence and devotion to the Constitution. We must remember our laws and basic rights cannot be preserved without the vigilant defense of a High Court committed to our Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Supreme Court Reaffirms Second Amendment Rights. 28 June 2010. "For too long, Americans living in certain parts of the United States have been prevented by local governments from exercising their right to keep and bear arms," said Congressman Price. "Thankfully, the Supreme Court has correctly reaffirmed that the Second Amendment applies in every corner of the country. But the small margin by which this decision was reached also highlights the need for Supreme Court Justices who fully appreciate the basic rights ensured by the Constitution. Solicitor General Elena Kagan's previous work to push the Clinton Administration's anti-Second Amendment agenda does not inspire confidence that she would use a seat on our highest court to protect the rights of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Tom Price. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Health Reform Report - Empowering America's Seniors. 13 May 2011. "Those of us who champion patient-centered reforms share the American people's outrage at the manner in which ObamaCare was passed. We are fighting to repeal it and replace it with positive solutions. One such solution is to provide America's seniors with greater choice and flexibility of care." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tom Price voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. GOP Doctors Caucus Praises Florida Judge Ruling Obamacare Unconstitutional. 31 January 2011. "Members of the GOP Doctors Caucus today issued the following statements in response to U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruling H.R. 3590, the Patient, Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional: [...] Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06): "As the ruling in Florida today confirms, ObamaCare not only poses a threat to job creation, our nation's fiscal well-being, and quality healthcare, but simply put, the law threatens our individual liberties," said Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA), Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. "ObamaCare's individual mandate is unconstitutional and opens the door to putting near limitless authority in the hands of the federal government. In an effort to rollback this unprecedented growth in the power of Washington, House Republicans have already followed through on our pledge to repeal this disastrous policy. While courts in Virginia and Florida continue to validate our fight against an unconstitutional expansion of federal authority, Republicans will do our part to support further repeal efforts and focus on adopting patient-centered reforms that embrace the principles of access, affordability, quality, responsiveness, innovation, and choices." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. House Republicans Take Action to Defund Parts of the ObamaCare Infrastructure. 3 May 2011. "ObamaCare is littered with policies that undermine the cause of affordable, quality care, further limit patient's access to health care choices, and will inflate our already unsustainable national debt. Today, House Republicans are taking action to repeal funding for this law in an effort to protect the American people from paying to put the government in charge of their health care decisions," said Chairman Price. "When drafting their health care bill, Democrats effectively wrote a blank check to the Secretary of Health and Human Services -- giving the bureaucracy free rein to distribute billions in taxpayer dollars. The funding, distributed at the discretion of the Secretary, establishes health insurance exchanges in the states and represents the building blocks of the government takeover infrastructure. By repealing this funding stream, House Republicans are doing our part to protect a patient's choice and ensure personal health care decisions are made by the individual, their families, and their physicians. We will continue to take the necessary steps to repeal this law in its entirety and bring forward patient-centered health care proposals that will truly reform health care to improve access to quality, affordably care." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Letter To Thurbert Baker, State Attorney General, Georgia. 25 March 2010. "As you know, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R.3590) was signed into law by the President of the United States on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Once fully implemented, this law will restrict the economic freedom of every single Georgian and may irreparably harm the safety and security of our health care system and, indeed, our country. We, the undersigned, have concerns that multiple portions of the legislation will cause undue hardship on the citizens of Georgia and may be an unconstitutional expansion of Federal powers to require Georgians to purchase a commercial product under penalty of law. Governor Perdue, in his March 22nd letter to you, requested that you "institute and prosecute in the name of the State litigation challenging the Act on all possible grounds…" Therefore, we urge you to uphold your constitutional responsibilities to the State and people of Georgia by fulfilling the Governor's request to use all of the resources of your office to challenge this Act and its impact on our citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Comments on Final Adjournment of the House. 23 December 2010. "The 111th Congress may be history, but its job-killing agenda will weigh down our economy until better policies prevail," said Congressman Price. "Republicans will use our new majority to tear down barriers to job creation, prevent tax increases that would harm the economy, and get the budget on a path to balance by cutting spending. We will work diligently to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with patient-centered, positive solutions to reduce costs and improve quality." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Introduces Bill to Protect Choices in Health Care Coverage. 6 June 2011. "The MLR requirements -- one of ObamaCare's many attempts to manipulate the insurance market -- will result in fewer choices for Americans trying to find affordable health care coverage," said Congressman Price. "The president may have promised that if you like your coverage you can keep it, but his health care law retains the power to regulate to the point that those providing coverage Americans have counted on may be forced to opt out of a market. This does nothing to improve access to health care. It does the exact opposite and reflects once again how ObamaCare was not about patient choice and quality but rather government control. In tacit recognition that the MLR requirements are detrimental to ensuring Americans have access to affordable options, the Obama Administration has already granted waivers to the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Nevada where it was determined the requirements could destabilize the states' markets. This provision along with all of ObamaCare should be repealed so that we can replace it with patient-centered reforms that actually address the impediments to access and which make quality care more affordable and based on individual choices." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on Budget Committee Review of IPAB. 12 July 2011. "In passing ObamaCare, Democrats voted to take health care decisions away from seniors and their doctors and give them to a board of unelected bureaucrats in Washington that will have the authority to deny care under the guise of controlling costs," said Chairman Price. "In order to ensure today's seniors and tomorrow's retirees will have a Medicare program they can count on, reforms will have to be made. Unfortunately, under ObamaCare, Democrats have neither saved nor strengthened Medicare. They have cut $500 billion from the program to spend on other programs and have authorized 15 bureaucrats in Washington to control and effectively ration care to seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Small Businesses Join Fight Against ObamaCare. 14 May 2010. "The Administration and Congressional Democrats ignored the will of the American people to ram through their job-killing government takeover of health care," said Chairman Price. "Now Americans are pushing back against what is a gross overreach of federal authority. I am grateful to have the National Federation of Independent Business standing up for common sense and the preservation of patient-centered health care. "This Administration talks a lot about job creation, but when it comes to its agenda, all it has to offer are tax hikes, costly mandates, and rampant government spending. By joining in the fight to overturn this unconstitutional law, America's small business community is sending a signal to Washington that enough is enough. Health care reform is a vital concern for our nation's job creators, but the new health care law will only exasperate a broken system while embedding unwarranted authority in the hands of Washington bureaucrats." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. The Battle For Patient-Centered Reforms Will Continue. 23 March 2010. "Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after President Obama signed into law the Democrats' government takeover of health care. "Future generations will decry the enactment of this law as one of the most irresponsible acts ever perpetrated by the federal government," said Congressman Price. "Americans now face a future of spending more money for decreased access to less innovative and lower quality care. Government spending on health care will send taxes and debt to crippling levels. "We cannot allow this disaster to go forward. We must repeal and replace this law. We must repeal the unconstitutional individual mandate, the job-killing taxes, the taxpayer funding of abortion, the unfunded mandates on States, the harmful cuts to Medicare, the new government czars who will decide what kind of insurance Americans must purchase, and the shady backroom deals made to shove the bill through Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Why Is AARP Supporting the Collapse of Medicare?. 16 June 2011. "It is disappointing that an organization that supposedly exists to advocate on behalf of seniors has chosen to align itself with the White House and Democrats whose own political campaign of distortion and demagoguery will only lead to the collapse of Medicare," said Chairman Price. "Already in its support of ObamaCare, the AARP approved $500 billion in cuts from current seniors and authorized a board of unelected bureaucrats to ration health care decisions. Now, they are taking aim at good faith efforts to save and strengthen the program. [...] "Could it be that the reason the Corporate Office of the ARRP is turning its' back on seniors in this vital issue is because AARP will financially benefit to the tune of $1 billion if the destructive nature of ObamaCare is allowed to come to pass? If they truly wanted to represent the needs of today's seniors and tomorrow's retirees, they ought to encourage those in Washington who are defending the collapse of Medicare by rationing care to come up with a plan that will ensure vital health and retirement security programs." (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

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  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Tom Price in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Tom Price in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Tom Price voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Tom Price voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Issue Position: Immigration. 22 July 2011. "Citizens across the United States are fed up with widespread illegal immigration, and it is no longer an isolated problem for border states. Overcrowded schools, over-extended social services, and strained hospitals are bearing the brunt, and lawful taxpayers are left picking up the tab. In Congress, I have made a commitment to securing our borders, improving enforcement of current immigration laws, assisting local law enforcement, and denying "amnesty" to illegal aliens in the United States. A bold course of action needs to be taken to regain the trust of the American people. Without it, we cannot begin to get a handle on the problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Issue Position: Immigration. 22 July 2011. "Out of the close to 20 million illegal aliens in this country, close to 250,000 call Georgia home - thus, putting Georgia in the top ten of states with illegal alien populations. From day one, I have been a vocal advocate for much-needed immigration reform. Immigration reform must take an "enforcement first" policy. In order for our nation to be secure, our borders must be secure. Those who claim that amnesty is a solution to this problem miss the mark. If we don't first secure our borders any immigration reforms we take will be all for not. We must enforce our current laws and do more." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement On House Democrats' Amnesty Proposal. 15 December 2009. "The American people have soundly rejected the amnesty-first approach that certain Democrats continue to pursue," said Congressman Price. "We are a compassionate nation, but Americans have a basic expectation that our laws will be respected. To the vast majority of citizens and legal residents in this country, rewarding disobedience of our laws with citizenship is an absolute non-starter. The supporters of this unacceptable plan are trampling on the rule-of-law and impeding the development of a strong federal immigration policy. "Repeating the same mistake we made in 1986 with another blanket amnesty will leave us no closer to meeting the numerous challenges associated with the illegal immigrants crossing our borders each day. We cannot address broader immigration issues, like much needed visa reform, with any credibility until our borders are under control and the laws already on the books are properly enforced. Put simply, the only positive immigration reform we can pass this year is based on stronger enforcement and increased border security. If Democrats truly desire to travel down this road, we are willing to again have this debate so we may once and for all put to bed the amnesty-first approach to immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Strenuously Objects to Push for Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants. 8 December 2010. "Supporters of this amnesty say it is only for children, and only for those who graduate from college or complete a term of military service," said Congressman Price. "Both claims are inaccurate and misleading. In reality, an illegal immigrant who is 29 years old could wind up on a fast-track to citizenship. And the DREAM Act actually permits amnesty for people who never serve in the military or obtain a college degree. Furthermore, federal law already provides a path to citizenship through military service. "Conservative estimates project the DREAM Act will give amnesty to more than 1 million people, but the real number has the potential to be much higher. Illegals who receive amnesty could even extend it to their family members by sponsoring them for citizenship. "For decades, both Democrat and Republican administrations have failed to secure America's borders and adequately enforce our immigration laws. This cannot continue. Americans do not want amnesty; they want border security and a smarter system for legal immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price: "Our first and Foremost Priority is Securing Our Nations Borders and Enforcing the Rule of Law." 27 June 2007. "Many Americans are guarded and suspicious of the action taken by the Democrat Senate yesterday," said Price, "and I join with them in expressing our reasonable concerns. We have little faith in a government that has promised border security in the past, coupled it with a path to citizenship, and then only enacted the latter half. We should not go down the same path again. [...] "Thankfully, border security is not only imperative to earn back the trust of the American people; it is the common thread that is present throughout all immigration reform proposals. Before we take on the momentous challenge of working out our differences, let's build on something upon which we can all agree: border security and border control." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. The Suburban Agenda. 11 June 2007. "Mr. KIRK. I'm particularly worried because in the recent failed Senate immigration bill there was an amendment put forward to deny documented members of international drug gangs the chance to enter the pathway to citizenship that the legislation proposed. That amendment failed. Mr. PRICE of Georgia. This immigration bill that was just in the Senate last week, many of us had great concerns over, but are you telling me that there was a portion of the bill that it would allow gang members who had been convicted of a felony, that if they were found to be illegal, that they couldn't be deported; is that what you are saying? Mr. KIRK. The proposed amendment would have denied any documented member of an international drug gang from the chance to apply for the pathway to citizenship that it proposed, and that amendment was defeated 51-46. When we came together and proposed the Gang Elimination Act, we at least looked at the several hundred thousand documented gang members in the United States and said how do we deal with this problem." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Thomas E. Price. Price Responds to White House Decision to Abandon the Defense of Marriage Act. 23 February 2011. "Millions of Americans are still out of work and our economy is under considerable strain thanks to the burdens imposed by the Obama Administration's debt-inducing agenda in Washington," said Chairman Price. "Rather than focus its attention on working with Republicans to cut spending and get our economy moving again, the administration is diverting its attention and abandoning the government's defense of marriage. This announcement by the Obama Administration is a political move at a time when the American people need leaders in Washington working together to solve our great challenges. Those who have fought to redefine marriage have often relied on the court to legislate from the bench rather than through their duly elected representatives in both Congress and state legislatures. Today's action by the White House will only encourage others to use the courts as a springboard to enact an agenda outside the legislative branches of government. Once again, this demonstrates a woeful lack of leadership on the part of the president and his administration." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Price Statement on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. 27 May 2010. "Our Armed Forces are currently conducting a top to bottom study of the ramifications of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell," said Congressman Price. "The consequences of repeal go far beyond just allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly but to questions about same-sex marriage, family benefits, and rights of conscience. The military should never be used as a testing ground for social policy, especially not during wartime. Yet Democrats are showing a disrespect for military personnel by attempting to force through repeal regardless of what the official review will conclude. The heads of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps have all asked Congress to respect this review process. President Obama's own Secretary of Defense said this rush to judgment "would send a very damaging message to our men and women in uniform that in essence their views, concerns, and perspectives do not matter.' I could not agree more. This is a shameful attempt to circumvent our Armed Forces, and I do not support it." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Tom Price in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Tom Price voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Tom Price voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Price. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Tom Price voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (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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  • Thomas E. Price. Declaring that the United States Will Prevail in the Global War on Terror. 16 June 2006. "So, this discussion today comes down to a fundamental question--what is the appropriate strategy and tactic to adopt to win the War on Terror? Will we withdraw and simply defend--a policy of isolation and containment--or will we aggressively combat terrorism--and take the battle to our enemy? This war is unlike any other in history--without a doubt. Our enemy has no single home. It recruits and trains its army from nations around the world. The only unifying element is hate--hate for the West--hate for democracy--hate for freedom of religion--hate for liberty. The only message our enemy understands is force. Period. Terrorists don't negotiate--terrorists don't compromise--terrorists are not interested in peace. To them, that's weakness." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Tom Price supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 30 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Hearing Before the Committee on Financial Services. 20 April 2005. "Ms. Kennelly, you mentioned that personal accounts are not a good deal. Well, Social Security right now is not a good deal. The return is less than 2 percent. So Social Security currently is not a good deal.I have had all sorts of meetings in my district. I had a huge summit this past week where I had a hundred of the brightest high school kids in my district come together and talk just about Social Security for an entire morning. Every one of them favored personal accounts because they understand." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Social Security Solutions. 3 May 2005. "Younger workers know that the government has used their Social Security money for other programs. They also understand voluntary personal accounts offer a better way to provide security for them. And it is only fair. In past years, retirees received a return of 10 percent and more from Social Security. Today that return is barely 1.5 percent and that is not fair to younger Americans. Younger workers today are much more familiar with investments through 401(k) plans offered which employers, workers know the power of compound interest and how their contributions to these accounts grow steady." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas E. Price. Social Security. 30 June 2005. 'Today, the minority leader finds nothing wrong with sticking her hand in the Social Security cookie jar. In a recent interview she said, 'There is nothing wrong with Social Security lending money with the prospect of returning it.' Prospect of returning it? That is not good enough. It is that kind of thinking that has gotten us into our current trouble. Mr. Speaker, this is exactly why Americans should be able to put part of their Social Security money in a personal account with their name on it." (votesmart.org)

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Georgia State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness 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) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
Noj) Should Georgia government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
Undecideda) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent felons.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xm) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
n) Other
Noo) Do you support abolishing parole for all crimes?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Implement a 10-cent deposit on glass, metal and plastic beverage bottles.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Other
Undecidedk) Should the state-funded pre-kindergarten program continue to be free of charge?
Undecidedl) Do you support state educational grants to fund an extended school year in Georgia?
m) Should home-schooled college applicants be required to take achievement tests to be admitted to Georgia's universities and colleges?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Georgia.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
Xi) Allow cities and counties to privatize their water systems.
j) Other
k) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Georgia officials?
Yes1) State Senators and Representatives
Yes2) Governor
b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
1) Individual
2) PAC
3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Undecidedd) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noe) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
f) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Nog) Do you support changing the boundaries of Georgia's legislative districts during non-census years?
Noh) Do you support straight party voting on state voter ballots?
i) Do you support a constitutional amendment to place the lottery programs in the state constitution?
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
i) Do you support requiring homeowners to keep their firearms locked-up while storing them in their homes?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Provide health care to uninsured children by expanding Medicaid.
Xd) Allow Georgia's Department of Medical Assistance to contract with managed care institutions.
e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
Xf) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
h) Other
Undecidedi) Should state law permit Georgia hospitals in non-contiguous counties to merge and create a regional hospital authority?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xe) Favor banning smoking in public places.
f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xg) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
Yesj) Do you believe that the Georgia government should include sexual orientation in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Do you believe that the Georgia government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
a) Agriculture
b) Education (K-12)
c) Education (Higher)
d) Environment
e) Health care
f) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Greatly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
a) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gas taxes
Eliminatef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
h) Property taxes
i) Sales taxes
Eliminatej) Ad valorem taxes (value added)
k) Other
Yesl) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
m) Do you support increasing Georgia's real estate transfer tax and placing the additional revenue into a state heritage fund?
Yesn) Do you support providing a full property homestead tax exemption to anyone over age 85?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
a) Maintain the four-year limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients must work within twenty-four months in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Yesk) Do you support using ATM-style debit cards for assistance checks and food stamps?
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these two priorities.
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