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

Biographical

Full Name: Timothy 'Tim' E. Scott
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Republican
First Appointed: 01/02/2013
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. Senate
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 10, 2014
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 09/19/1965
Birth Place: North Charleston, SC
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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 Scott. John King, USA: CNN: Rep. Tim Scott weighs in on abortion. 21 January 2011. "The question we ought to answer is, 'when is life, life? When does human life start?' It's at conception, it's a very simple answer." (youtu.be)
  • Tim Scott. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tim Scott voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Issue Position: Promote Our Values. 14 September 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Mike Huckabee Endorses Tim Scott for Congress. 21 June 2010. "Governor Huckabee's support means a lot to me because we share the same traditional conservative values. I want to end wasteful government spending, cut taxes, and bring jobs to the First District, while fighting to defend the Second Amendment, the sanctity of life and of the family, and other traditional values." (www.votetimscott.com)
  • Tim Scott. Pro-Life Leaders Endorse Tim Scott. 1 August 2010. "Two of the most prominent leaders of the pro-life movement have publicly endorsed the candidacy of Republican Tim Scott for Congress in the First Congressional District [¦] Anne Badgley, founder of the Lowcountry Pregnancy Center, and Cyndi Mosteller, former Chair of the Charleston County Republican Party, said Wednesday that they believe Tim Scott is the best choice to represent the rights of the unborn as a Congressman.'Both Anne and Cyndi are true believers in the fundamental rights of all human beings as I am,' Scott said. 'As we continue our struggle to protect the unborn, I am honored to be aligned with other foot soldiers such as Anne Badgley and Cyndi Mosteller.' (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tim Scott voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Tim Scott. Issue Position: Foreign Policy. "There is no alternative to a strong counterinsurgency operation. We need appropriate levels of forces, as determined by commanders on the ground. This has worked in Iraq. A retreat in Afghanistan would embolden our enemies, and allow Al Qaeda to prosper." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Tim Scott voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Tim Scott. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Tim Scott voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Tim Scott voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Facebook: Wall. 27 January 2012. "We live in a very unstable world. We don't need to cut our defense to afford our spending. We must rein in our spending to afford our defense. What do you think?" (www.facebook.com)
  • Tim Scott. FOX News: Tea partiers say defense in mix for budget cuts. 23 January 2011. "Tea party-backed Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said lawmakers "at the end of the day, will take a look at all the fat in the budget." But he said it was premature with two wars to say how Congress will make the cuts." (www.foxnews.com)
  • Tim Scott. Issue Position: Military and Foreign Affairs. 16 July 2012. "We should not be foolish enough to believe that we can inadequately fund our military yet retain our superior position in the world. We must be vigilant in defying the threats we continue face “ Iran and North Korea continue to pursue nuclear weapons technology in bold defiance; radical Islamists seek to undermine democracy and freedoms; and the future still looks uncertain for Afghanistan and Iraq. And we can't forget that countries like China and Russia continue to advance in their technology and military while we propose cutting ours. Our homeland depends on a strong, robust military. We can and must seek fiscal responsibility while also providing our troops the resources and support they need. We must not forget that we are a country at war, and everyday our soldiers sacrifice and dedicate their lives to protect us all." (www.votetimscott.com)
  • Tim Scott. GOP Rep. McKeon would support tax hike to stave off more Pentagon cuts. 12 September 2011. "Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said GOP lawmakers who hail from districts with a robust military presence 'still believe that if we're going to have an opportunity to engage the president, we have to do so with everything on the table.'" (thehill.com)
  • Tim Scott. GOP Freshmen Get Specific on Budget Cuts: "There Can Be No Sacred Cows." 25 January 2011. "Freshmen Congressmen Tim Scott, R-SC, and Adam Kinzinger, R-Il, say they don't plan to stay in Washington long but while they're here, everyone's going to feel the burn “ namely when it comes to budget cuts [¦] Both freshmen say they are willing, for example, to put defense spending on the table for cuts [¦] 'In the military budget you have a number of items in there that are Congress' sacred cows [¦] The question really is, does it help us to meet our military objectives or does it satisfy our constituents in a way that is inconsistent with the military objective?'" (abcnews.go.com)
  • Tim Scott. Transcript: Majority Leader Cantor's Pen & Pad with Congressman Tim Scott. 12 September 2011. Responded: "Everything should be on the table though. I think Leader Cantor is so right, that ultimately when you look at our conference, our goal is to make sure that we have an opportunity to assess all options and in order for us to do that to make sure all spending is on the table and those of us who come from strong defense districts still believe that if we are going to have an opportunity to engage the President, we have to do so with everything on that table, to include our spending" to the question: "On the debt super committee, there has been a lot of pushback from members saying that the defense cuts are unacceptable. What is your position on that? Do you think that they should be on the table?" (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Blog: This Week in Washington. 17 May 2012. "The House will also be voting on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, as well as 143 amendments to the legislation. I will be supporting the Rigell-Landry-Gohmert amendment regarding detainee provisions, as well as the overall bill. We must make certain our troops have the best resources possible at their fingertips as they lay their lives on the line for all of us." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. GOP Freshmen Get Specific on Budget Cuts: "There Can Be No Sacred Cows." 25 January 2011. "In the military budget you have a number of items in there that are Congress' sacred cows [¦] The question really is, does it help us to meet our military objectives or does it satisfy our constituents in a way that is inconsistent with the military objective?" (abcnews.go.com)
  • Tim Scott. GOP Rep. McKeon would support tax hike to stave off more Pentagon cuts. 12 September 2011. "[I] still believe that if we're going to have an opportunity to engage the president, we have to do so with everything on the table." (thehill.com)

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  • Tim Scott. FOX News- "Hannity" - Transcript. 10 December 2010. "I think it is certainly in the American people's interests for us to continue the Bush tax cuts. But we should do it not just for two more years but we should do it permanently. If these tax cuts are not extended before January the 5th, one of the first things that we should do at the Congress is take it back up and say to the American people, we are listening. We want to extend the entire Bush tax cuts permanently for all classes of folks, income brackets. Because we understand that the top brackets is how you create jobs. We have to have a pro growth environment for this economy to recover. And if we are going to deal with the deficit long term, we're going to have to have growth in the private sector. The government cannot create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Issue Position: Reform our Tax Code. 16 September 2011. "I believe that we must take action to extend all the tax rates that have been in effect for almost ten years. There is never a good time to raise taxes if we want to encourage small business to grow and create jobs, particularly in a bad economy [¦] In a recent CNNMoney.com survey, only 10% of the economists surveyed endorsed the Obama plan to extend the tax cuts for only the lower and middle class taxpayers and raise the tax rates on the top two brackets. The vast majority of the economists surveyed said that extending the tax cuts for all taxpayers is the most important thing that Congress can do to help the economy. High tax rates stifle economic growth and it is a good economy that makes everything else possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Issue Position: Create Jobs. 16 September 2011. "Tim has never voted to increase taxes, because he believes that your hard-earned dollars belong in your pocket, and in our economy “ not in a government spending program. He will take these values with him to Washington, and will never forget that his first priority is to protect and create good jobs." (www.votetimscott.com)
  • Tim Scott. The Right Man at the Right Time. 16 September 2011. "He brings 15 years of experience as an elected official when in that time; he NEVER voted to raise taxes. Tax increases are simply not in his DNA." (www.votetimscott.com)
  • Tim Scott. Interview with Rep. Tim Scott. 11 July 2011. "I wouldn't say the speaker is on a leash at all. Here's what I hear the speaker saying consistently and these are things that we agree with. Number one, the stated ground is simply this, that the $2.4 trillion increase must have a $2.4 trillion offset in spending over the next 10 years. And number two, we simply cannot increase taxes." (www.realclearpolitics.com)
  • Tim Scott signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Tim Scott, pledge to the taxpayers of the 1st district of the state of South Carolina 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)
  • Tim Scott. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. "It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott signed thecontract.org: Contract from America. 16 September 2011. "10. Stop the Tax Hikes. Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011." (www.contractfromamerica.org)

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  • Tim Scott. FOX News- "Hannity" - Transcript. 10 December 2010. "We have to have a pro growth environment for this economy to recover. And if we are going to deal with the deficit long term, we're going to have to have growth in the private sector. The government cannot create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Scott Amendment to Deepen Spending Cuts Passes the House. 26 January 2011. "It is time to return fiscal sanity to our federal government. Deficit spending is jeopardizing the American dream for our children. The most important thing that we can do in Washington is cut our spending so that our country can get back on sound fiscal footing." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. The Democrats Just Don't Get It. 5 March 2010. "I want to renew the American ideals of the free market, the entrepreneurial spirit and limited government. If you agree with me that America doesn't need another government solution, but a way to empower American citizens, please log on to my website, www.VoteTimScott.com and join my growing team of supporters." (www.votetimscott.com)
  • Tim Scott. The Democrats Just Don't Get It. 5 March 2010. "I want to renew the American ideals of the free market, the entrepreneurial spirit and limited government. If you agree with me that America doesn't need another government solution, but a way to empower American citizens, please log on to my website, www.VoteTimScott.comand join my growing team of supporters." (www.votetimscott.com)
  • Tim Scott. Tim Scott Announces Candidacy for Congress Republican Trailblazer will Focus Campaign on Conservative Principles of Limited Government & Lower Taxes. 8 February 2010. "One out of every ten Americans"and one out of every eight South Carolinians"cannot find a job. Solving the economic crisis doesn't require more government spending, more government programs, and ever higher taxes. It requires just the opposite." (www.votetimscott.com)
  • Tim Scott. Tim Scott Victory Speech. 2 November 2010. "Point number 2: lower taxes encourages(sic) entrepreneurs to do what we do best: create jobs. If the government could create jobs communism would've worked." (youtu.be)
  • Tim Scott. $168 Billion of Stimulus Still Not Spent. 17 February 2011. "Well, simply said, the government spending doesn't create sustainable jobs." (www.foxnews.com)
  • Tim Scott. Campaign Ad: Tim Scott for Congress - Jobs & Taxes Radio Ad (:60). 12 May 2010. "The government does not create jobs. Private sector entrepreneurs create jobs." (youtu.be)

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  • Tim Scott. Resolution to Cut Congress' Budget. 6 January 2011. "A 5-percent deduction in our MRAs gives us an opportunity to not spend the money so that other folks in families and small businesses have an opportunity when not paying taxes to invest more money in the future of their country and their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Blog:House Plan for Job Creation. 6 September 2011. "We have targeted the top 10 job-destroying government regulations, as well as a variety of tax cuts, in order to stimulate job growth and give our business owners the tools they need to move forward." (timscott.house.gov)
  • Tim Scott. Rep. Tim Scott Statement on Standard and Poor's Announcement. 7 August 2011. "Tax increases will generate additional revenue for Washington initially, but then will decrease because of the jobs it destroys. Lower tax rates grow the economy, create jobs and gets America producing again." (timscott.house.gov)
  • Tim Scott. Providing for Consideration of H. Con. Res. 34, Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "Finally, you cannot increase taxes on the very job creators themselves and then ask them to continue to create jobs [¦] We must get ourselves on a completely different trajectory. We must bend the trajectory back towards the American people, back towards the private sector, and eliminate the disincentive for growth in our economy called taxation. So to the extent that we can flatten the tax, spread the risk, we find ourselves in a more prosperous society with a stronger economy led by those folks in the private sector. Entrepreneurs have an opportunity to take those dollars and reinvest them in such a way to create more jobs. It is a simple formula." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tim Scott. Video: Congressman Tim Scott on School Choice. 18 April 2012. "School choice is an absolute necessity. If we're looking for a way to improve our schools [¦] having a plan where a parent can choose the right choice for their children is incredibly important [¦]" (www.voiceforschoolchoice.com)
  • Tim Scott. Video: Congressman Tim Scott on School Choice. 18 April 2012. "School choice is an absolute necessity. If we're looking for a way to improve our schools [¦] having a plan where a parent can choose the right choice for their children is incredibly important." (www.voiceforschoolchoice.com)

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  • Tim Scott signed thecontract.org: Contract from America. 16 September 2011. "8. Pass an 'All-of-the-Above' Energy Policy. Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs." (www.contractfromamerica.org)
  • Tim Scott. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 18 February 2011. "The MWCC's work on improving underwater well control capabilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico is demonstrative of the industry's commitment to abide by the Administration's instructions to return to safely and responsibly utilizing our domestic energy resources. Moreover, the MWCC is committed to rolling out additional system components to further expand these initial capabilities next year. It is our understanding that the MWCC has held multiple meetings with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) to ensure the initial system and follow-on technologies meet and exceed every requirement set by BOEMRE. Again, these meetings are proof that the industry is doing everything it can to quickly and efficiently meet your requirements." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. 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)
  • Tim Scott. Blog: Recharging our Energy Policy. 1 September 2011. "To achieve these goals of creating jobs and lowering gas prices, I have cosponsored five bills in the House of Representatives: - The Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act (HR 1229) - Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act (HR 1230) - Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act (HR 1231)" (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Tim Scott voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Tim Scott on Energy Policy: Increasing Options Will Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil. 7 October 2011. "We should continue cultivating American sources of oil, using enhanced oil recovery techniques in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, learning from the mistakes that were made in the BP oil spill. According to the Department of the Interior, there are more than 40 billion barrels of recoverable oil in areas yet to be fully developed in the Outer Continental Shelf “ which translates to 13 years of projected U.S. crude oil imports." (votetimscott.com)
  • Tim Scott. Tim Scott Issues Statement on BP Oil Spill and Energy Independence. 16 June 2010. "We must continue drilling and domestic production of oil, but we should also pursue nuclear, hydrogen, solar, coal, biomass, natural gas, fuel cell and wind options, as well as alternative sources [¦] Of course we must learn from the mistakes that were made in the BP oil spill. Oil companies should be held accountable for the safety of the people and the health of the environment in the areas where they drill. But we should not use this crisis as an excuse to punish big business and destroy good jobs." (www.votetimscott.com)

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  • Tim Scott signed thecontract.org: Contract from America. 16 September 2011. "2. Reject Cap and Trade. Stop Costly new legislation that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures." (www.contractfromamerica.org)
  • Tim Scott. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tim Scott voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott signed the Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax Pledge. 29 March 2010. "I, Tim Scott, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of South Carolina and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (www.noclimatetax.com)
  • Tim Scott. Tim Scott Issues Statement on BP Oil Spill and Energy Independence. 16 June 2010. "Proposals for 'cap and tax' are wrong, not just because they overburden the American economy and cripple the ability of our businesses to compete globally, but because they allow the government to control carbon “ a natural element and one of the building blocks of life." (www.votetimscott.com)
  • Tim Scott. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2011. "I believe we can meet our energy needs while preserving our natural environment, without a massive government regulatory program which will harm businesses and cost jobs. I oppose 'cap and trade' proposals because they impose a massive tax and burdensome regulatory structure on greenhouse gasses which will cripple our economy. American businesses cannot afford to be put at a global disadvantage by onerous domestic energy policies." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tim Scott. Mike Huckabee Endorses Tim Scott for Congress. 21 June 2010. "Governor Huckabee's support means a lot to me because we share the same traditional conservative values. I want to end wasteful government spending, cut taxes, and bring jobs to the First District, while fighting to defend the Second Amendment, the sanctity of life and of the family, and other traditional values." (www.votetimscott.com)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tim Scott in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Issue Position: Promote Our Values. 14 September 2011. "Tim Scott completely supports and believes that law-abiding citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. He is a card-carrying member of the NRA and believes the right of our citizens to defend themselves, their family and their property is a fundamental freedom and, like the Constitution, is the cornerstone of our democracy. As our representative in Congress, he will fight to protect our 2nd Amendment right and our other rights defined in the Constitution." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tim Scott. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tim Scott voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Tim Scott Thanks Citizens for Standing Up, Calls Tax Day "An American Revival." 15 April 2010. "Last year in Columbia, I was one of just fifteen out of 170 lawmakers to earn an 'A' grade from the S.C. Club for Growth. This year, I'm continuing to protect your bottom line while leading the fight to block President Obama's unconstitutional socialized medicine plan. In a political environment dominated by rhetoric and reactionary policy, I've let my actions do the talking." (www.votetimscott.com)
  • Tim Scott. Tim Scott Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling. 28 June 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Tim Scott Thanks Citizens for Standing Up, Calls Tax Day "An American Revival." 15 April 2010. "Last year in Columbia, I was one of just fifteen out of 170 lawmakers to earn an ˜A' grade from the S.C. Club for Growth. This year, I'm continuing to protect your bottom line while leading the fight to block President Obama's unconstitutional socialized medicine plan. In a political environment dominated by rhetoric and reactionary policy, I've let my actions do the talking." (www.votetimscott.com)
  • Tim Scott. Tim Scott for Congress- Meet Tim Scott. 19 September 2011. "The first state bill to reject Obama health care was written by Tim Scott. 'Obamacare taxes too much, spends too much, it's bad for health care and it's uconstitutional.'" (www.youtube.com)
  • Tim Scott signed Club for Growth: Repeal It! 22 March 2010. "I hereby pledge to the people of my district/state upon my election to the U.S. House of Representatives/U.S. Senate, to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government." (www.votetimscott.com)
  • Tim Scott. Blog: Cutting the Red Tape. 16 August 2011. "I have taken a hard-line stance to cutting through this red tape since my first week in Washington. I immediately cosponsored two bills, HR 4 and HR 144, which repealed the cumbersome paperwork mandate forced on small businesses by Obamacare. Thankfully, HR 4 has since been signed into law, removing one of the many obstacles the new health care law throws in the way of our small businesses." (timscott.house.gov)
  • Tim Scott. " Tim Scott Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling. 28 June 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. House Passage to Repeal Health Care Law. 21 January 2011. "Yesterday's vote was a victory for our democracy. On November 2, voters came to the polls to overwhelmingly reject the government takeover of health care. In the first major act of the 112th Congress, we responded to the concerns of our constituents." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Issue Position: Healthcare. 14 September 2011. "President Obama's health care bill taxes too much, spends too much, is bad for our health care, and is unconstitutional. Doctors, nurses, and health practitioners have worked hard to get where they are, and they want to serve their patients, not the government. As your representative in Washington, Tim Scott will fight against government takeover of health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, this health care bill is a job-destroying bill [¦] The NFIB, the National Federation of Independent Business, says that over the next 10 years we will lose 1.6 million jobs in America because of this bill. By destroying the bill that destroys jobs, we've made progress." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Tim Scott on Healthcare: First Do No Harm. 29 September 2009. "Unfortunately, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which began to go into effect last week, does exactly that -- taking a healthcare system which is the envy of the world and saddling it with layers of federal bureaucracy, while underfunding our commitments to seniors and overtaxing employers and states. If I am elected to Congress, I look forward to working with the Republican leadership to enact sensible healthcare reforms which preserve what is good about our system, while expanding coverage and reducing costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Tim Scott on One-Year Anniversary of Health Care Reform Act. 23 March 2011. "Obamacare has been rejected by the U.S. House. The courts have ruled it unconstitutional. It spends too much, taxes too much, and would drastically increase our national debt while eliminating nearly one million jobs. Just as important, Obamacare fails miserably in offering what Americans have consistently cited as their primary need -- quality, affordable health care centered on the doctor-patient relationship. I pledge to continue our efforts toward repeal of this misguided legislation and the federal government's takeover of healthcare." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tim Scott. Issue Position: Immigration. 14 September 2011. "As a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Conservative Tim Scott supported one of the toughest immigration legislations in the nation [¦] Tim will also work hard to make sure our state law enforcement agencies are given the proper training and tools they need to enforce all immigration laws already on the books. He is also committed to strengthening penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. [¦] We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. We should insist on patriotic assimilation by making English the official language of government, and insisting that new immigrants learn English. Washington, D.C. Politicians have failed us. They have proven time and again that they cannot be trusted to enforce our nation's immigration laws. And like always, they've passed the burden on to states like ours." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tim Scott. Issue Position: Promote Our Values. 16 September 2011. "Tim Scott believes in the sanctity of traditional marriage between a man and a woman and opposes gay marriage." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tim Scott. Providing for Consideration of H. Res. 292. 3 June 2011. "While the United States must play offense in the war on terror, and we should not have to wait for threats to materialize before acting. It is not clear, it is simply not clear that Libya posed a threat to our Nation that justified the use of troops, the United States' troops." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Issue Position: Military & Foreign Policy. 1 January 2011. "If we want to win the War on Terror, we must leave our political correctness behind and be honest about the root of the problem -- radical Islam. The unprecedented Islamic extremism is irreconcilable with the modern world and certainly is incompatible with everything America stands for. The United States cannot negotiate with terrorists, terror-sponsoring states, or those that seek to do harm to our allies. In winning the War on Terror, or any other future conflict, our first responsibility is to protect our soil and our people. This cannot be done, however, without providing our military with the materials and resources they need to protect our native soil.." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Issue Position: Win the War on Terror. "Tim believes that Iran is currently the most dangerous country in the world, and the most aggressive state sponsor of terrorism. President Obama's policy of reaching out and recognizing the Islamic regime has failed and has only emboldened the extremist leaders to pursue nuclear weapons. The Iranian people are cultured and educated, but their leadership is radical and power-hungry. Tim believes the US should carefully consider all options, including crippling economic sanctions, promoting civil unrest by pro-democracy groups, military strikes and eventually regime change." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Scott Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The American people have achieved a major victory in the War on Terrorism. Through the persistence, determination, and skill of our military forces and intelligence agencies, we have brought justice to the symbol of modern terrorism [¦] We, as Americans, recognized early that our country was in a long-term war against terror; a war in which the United States would have to be patient, persistent, and relentless. The success of this operation is a testament to the resilience of our spirit. While this is an important day in the War on Terror and it is a day that makes us all extra proud to be Americans, we must continue to be vigilant to the potential of ongoing terrorist threats." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tim Scot. Scott, to Vote Against Increase in Debt Ceiling. 30 May 2011. "Republicans have put forward a plan to reduce and reform our spending, so that programs like Medicare and Social Security will be alive and well for us and for our children. Democrats have not responded with a serious plan, and instead are counting on us to allow them to borrow more." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Providing for the Consideration of H. Con. Res. 34, Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "Our plan creates jobs, real jobs, 1 million new jobs in America in the first year alone. It stimulates our economy, increasing our GDP by $1.5 trillion in the next 10 years. It protects and strengthens Social Security and Medicare. Let me say that one more time because so many people are trying to demagogue the issue: Our plan strengthens and protects Social Security and Medicare for the next generation of Americans. And it also reduces job-killing government spending by $6.2 trillion in the next 10 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Scott. Scott, to Vote Against Increase in Debt Ceiling. 30 May 2011. "Republicans have put forward a plan to reduce and reform our spending, so that programs like Medicare and Social Security will be alive and well for us and for our children. Democrats have not responded with a serious plan, and instead are counting on us to allow them to borrow more." (votesmart.org)

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