Senator Timothy 'Tim' E. Scott's Political Positions

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

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Issue Positions

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

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  • "Tim believes that a society is ultimately judged by how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable members. That is why he is 100% pro-life and opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide, as well as the non-consensual withholding of care because of disability, age, or infirmity. Tim will fight for the rights of the unborn, and will resist government funding for abortions." (

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  • "I am committed to fighting for principles I believe in -- limited government, less government spending and lower taxes -- and I believe a focus on these fundamental principles will result in a growing economy." (

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  • "Americans are fed up with wasteful government spending. When a family or a small business is struggling, they tighten their belts and cut back on spending; but when our federal government sees a financial crisis, they use it as an excuse to vastly increase spending, and create new burdensome programs and entitlements!" (

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  • "That's one of the reasons why my Opportunity Agenda understands the necessity of a good education … it believes that kids, not unions, should be the focus of our public education. That parents and not bureaucrats in Washington should decide the path of their child's education … because when it's the parents' choice, the kids have a chance." (

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  • Signed Letter: We are writing to request that you approve the Keystone XL Pipeline permit application without further delay. [...] Rejecting the Keystone pipeline will cost thousands of American jobs and prevent our country from accessing a large supply of North American energy. Independent studies have demonstrated the pipeline's construction will create thousands of jobs directly and indirectly. Further, the pipeline will allow U.S. access to 800,000 barrels of Canadian oil daily from a stable and dependable economic partner, which helps us to diversify our supply and offset our dependence on the Middle East and other more volatile oil producing countries.By any reasonable standard, the Keystone Pipeline is clearly in our national interest. Keystone will greatly advance our energy security interests by establishing a reliable supply of oil from one of our most stable trading partners and closest friends and will lead to economic growth and help create good, sustainable jobs for U.S. workers. (
  • "I am committed to decreasing our dependence on foreign sources, creating good-paying jobs, safeguarding our national security, and lowering gas prices. But in order for this process to begin, the federal government needs to get out of the way, remove rigid and bureaucratic barricades to development, and let South Carolina businesses put South Carolinians back to work." (

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  • "Tim Scott believes that we can meet our energy needs while preserving our natural environment, without a massive government regulatory program which will harm business and cost jobs. Tim opposes the Waxman-Markey Bill and other "cap and trade" proposals because they impose a massive tax and burdensome regulatory structure on carbon, one of the building blocks of life, and thereby cripple the ability of American businesses to compete globally." (

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  • I stand strongly in support of our Second Amendment rights. The Constitution grants South Carolinians the right to defend themselves and their families, and I will continue fighting to ensure that right it is not weakened in anyway.I have supported more than half-a-dozen bills in Congress to protect our Second Amendment rights:* Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act (HR 58)* Veterans Heritage Firearms Act (HR 420)* Second Amendment Enforcement Act (HR 645)* National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act (HR 822)* ATF Reform Act (HR 1093)* Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act (HR 1181)* To prohibit DOJ from tracking and cataloguing the purchases of multiple rifles and guns (HR 3814) (

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  • "I have and will consistently oppose Obamacare in my efforts to relieve the American people of the burden this bad law has imposed--for our families, our small businesses, our seniors, and our communities." (
  • Congressman Tim Scott (SC-01), a House freshman class leader, released the following statement following the Supreme Court's ruling this morning on the President's health care reform and tax increase package."Obviously, I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court's decision today. But just because the court ruled this way, it doesn't mean I will sit down and allow this bureaucratic nightmare to harm the American people. We will now roll up our sleeves, and redouble our efforts at repeal." (

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  • "Illegal immigrants should not reap the benefits of citizenship at the expense of the law-abiding taxpayer and I am committed to fight any effort or threat to weaken our already-troubled immigration system." (

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  • "Tim Scott believes in the sanctity of traditional marriage between a man and a woman and opposes gay marriage." (

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  • "When it comes to defending our homeland and supporting our men and women in uniform, the federal government has no higher responsibility than to "provide for the common defense." It is our Constitutional duty to protect American interests both at home and abroad." (

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.


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