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Lincoln Davis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Lincoln Davis refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lincoln Davis. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted NO on 2 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted YES on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted NO on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Flessner, Dave. 2010. Chatanooga Times Free Press: District 4 rivals seek seat. 1 August 2010. "Davis is anti-abortion, pro-gun and voted against the 2008 bailout bill and the health care reform plan this year, Cromer noted." (www.timesfreepress.com)
  • Lincoln Davis. Press Releases - Davis Introduces Comprehensive Proposal To Reduce Abortions In America. 21 September 2006. "WASHINGTON, D.C.-- U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis introduced the Pregnant Women Support Act during a press conference in Washington. A combination of 14 different policy programs, the proposal aims to reduce the number of abortions in America by 95 percent over the next ten years by helping women make informed decisions, supporting pregnant women, and assisting new parents. "By looking into the different reasons that women choose abortions, rather than just politicizing the issue, we have been able to come up with a comprehensive and commonsense initiative that will empower women and encourage them to choose life. I strongly urge my colleagues to adopt this proposal so we can reduce the number of abortions in America by 95 percent in the next ten years." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 17 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted NO on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted YES on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005. 13 April 2005. "It is clear from the debate today that the majority of Members in this body believe that our farmers and small businessmen and -women need relief from the estate tax, and I will do all I can to ensure that these hardworking Americans get their due tax relief. In my opinion, the Pomeroy substitute does this by increasing the estate tax exemption level in 2006 by $3 million for individuals and $6 million for couples. Additionally, from 2009 forward, the tax exemption level would be $3.5 million for individuals and $7 million for couples. This will fully cover 99.8 percent, 99.8 percent of all the estates in this country. Only two out of every 1,000 would not be totally covered." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of the Club for Growth 9 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted NO on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Economic Stimulus Bill Will Aid Tennesseans. 28 January 2009. "U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Recovery and Investment Plan. 'Today's vote was the first step towards making an economic recovery package law, but there will certainly be changes before this bill reaches the President's desk,' said Congressman Lincoln Davis. 'As a fiscal conservative, I will be working to make sure that the final version of this legislation does exactly as it was intended: to put money back in the pockets of ordinary Americans, and into needed infrastructure developments that will put Americans and our country back to work.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Spending/Debt. "* Lincoln voted to hold the line on unjust federal spending by opposing the Wall Street bank stimulus bailouts every time it was on the floor for a vote. He doesn't feel the Wall Street gamblers were justified in being rewarded." (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Jobs/Economic Development. "* For his strong support of rural infrastructure programs and projects, Davis has been honored with the 2010 Congressional Award by the Development District Association of Appalachia. * Lincoln led the effort in Washington to add Lawrence and Lewis counties to the Appalachian Regional Commission, a distinction that will go towards strengthening local infrastructure. * Lincoln is working to reduce the tax burden on small businesses and working families and promote job growth, economic development, and investments in our rural infrastructure. * Davis supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act due to direct investments being made in education and our rural infrastructure such as roads, clean and potable water, and broadband, among others. The Recovery and Reinvestment Act also the contained the largest middle class tax cut ($280 billion) in our Nation's history. * Davis has advocated for and continues supporting measures to reduce the tax burden on small businesses." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lincoln Davis. Privatizing Social Security Too Risky For Low Income Wage Earners. 2005. "Now, while the Administration has not yet introduced or endorsed a privatization plan, they have made it clear what they want to see happen and right now I don't think it makes much sense. " (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Social Security. "* As someone who pays into Social Security and is a grandfather of five, Lincoln understands the impact that Social Security has for not only folks his age, but also the peace of mind of future generations. Although the fund currently has enough reserves to pay full benefits through 2043 and 80% thereafter, he believes we must take steps to ensure that the program remains strong for future generations. He is opposed to all privatization attempts, which would threaten the security of senior citizens by tying their life's work and savings to the whims of the global financial markets." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 20 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Op-Ed: 9/11 Terrorists Must Be Tried, But Not In U.S. Courts. 15 December 2009. "The issue of trying September 11 terrorists, currently housed in Guantanamo Bay, in our federal court system, or Article III courts, has recently raised the ire of some. I am not in favor of bringing them to the United States so they can be given rights afforded to American citizens. Rather, I want them tried and punished to the fullest extent by either spending the rest of their life in solitary confinement or through capital punishment. Let me be very clear- I want action." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Education. "* Lincoln strongly believes in more parental involvement and the teaching of values in our schools. Every student should be afforded access to a quality education that gives them their best chance to succeed. * A supporter of the Head Start early learning program, Davis voted for the Improving Head Start Act, a bill aimed at providing an early learning environment and crucial social and medical care for children who are at a disadvantage due to a lack of available services. The authorization measure called for increased funding to provide Head Start centers the resources they need to meet current demands and boost access with strong accountability measures. * Davis voted for The College Cost Reduction Act, saying, "An investment in education is an investment in American competitiveness. Tomorrow's workers must have the opportunity to learn the skills they need to compete in today's markets." To reduce the cost of loans for millions of student borrowers, this legislation would cut interest rates in half on need-based student loans, from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent over a four year span." (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Education. "Ensuring our children have the proper tools to succeed in life is a top priority. My wife, two of my daughters, and a son-in-law are Tennessee educators. Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Alvin C. York once said one of the great liberating influences in life is an education. York, returning from the battlefields in France, during World War I, came back to Tennessee regretting he never received an education. He spent the rest of his life making sure citizens of the Upper Cumberland realized the liberating influences of an education through his numerous philanthropic works. I, like Sgt. York, believe a quality education and perseverance can open doors and put you on the path to success. It's also my firm belief that educating our children starts and continues at home, not just in the classroom. One reason we have seen a sharp increase in graduation rates over the years is due to our emphasis of funding and expanding public schools in rural areas. The 1940 U.S. Census reported only 2.7% of people twenty0five years old and older had four years of high school in the Fourth Congressional District. The national average was 24.5%. In 2000, the ratio increased to 69% while the national average rose to 84.1%." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lincoln Davis. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted NO on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 2007. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Energy Security. "* Lincoln opposed the cap and trade bill because we need an energy policy that focuses on economic, energy, and national security. * Davis supports a broad based approach using fossil fuels, alternative and renewable energy, such as natural gas and nuclear power." (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Conservation. "We must be responsible stewards of our environment and leave our children and their children the natural beauty of the mountainous rives and forests we enjoy today. I will continue working to promote responsible conservation practices." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Sportsmen's Rights. "I'm an avid outdoorsman, who has hunted and used firearms since I was a young boy. I believe law-abiding citizens should have the right to bear arms for protection and recreational use. I will continue working to make sure these Second Amendment rights are protected."
  • Lincoln Davis. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1991 and 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Lincoln Davis a grade of C. (votesmart.org)
  • Flessner, Dave. 2010. Chatanooga Times Free Press: District 4 rivals seek seat. 1 August 2010. "Davis is anti-abortion, pro-gun and voted against the 2008 bailout bill and the health care reform plan this year, Cromer noted." (www.timesfreepress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 44 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Flessner, Dave. 2010. Chatanooga Times Free Press: District 4 rivals seek seat. 1 August 2010. "Davis is anti-abortion, pro-gun and voted against the 2008 bailout bill and the health care reform plan this year, Cromer noted." (www.timesfreepress.com)
  • Lincoln Davis. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry, Larry. 2010. Chatanooga Times Free Press: Tight race forecast in 4th Congressional District. 23 August 2010. "Davis said he voted against health care reform and the bank bailout and in favor of tax cuts. He said those votes put him philosophically in line with district residents." (www.timesfreepress.com)
  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Healthcare. "Providing affordable health care to citizens of the Fourth District is a major priority of mine. In my opinion, too many people are without insurance; while those who do have healthcare coverage continually see their premium payments increase. Meanwhile, small businesses are having a difficult time finding the funds necessary to offer healthcare to their employees. As we move through the 110th Congress, I am hopeful that a bipartisan solution to these problems will be reached and that Congress will find solutions to help make health care affordable and accessible for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Davis Statement On Bi-Partisan Health Care Summit. 25 February 2010. "U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis released the following statement on the bi-partisan health care summit that took place at the Blair House in Washington, D.C.: "America has the best health care system in the world, but we need to work on reducing its costs. Today's summit is a step in the right direction towards breaking the gridlock that has stalled debate on this important issue. Folks in my district could care less about the partisan gamesmanship that is being waged by ideologues who are only interested in scoring political points, they want affordable and accessible care, and they want an honest discussion on workable solutions." (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Health Care. "* When healthcare reform was being debated, Davis listened to the vast majority of his constituents who opposed the measure and voted against it both times it was on the floor. * Congressman Davis was presented by the National Association of Community Health Centers with their Superhero Award for his efforts in promoting access to and the availability of rural healthcare, such as the services provided by Three Rivers Community Health Clinic and Community Health of East Tennessee. * With rural Tennessee in short supply of nursing schools and in need of registered nurses, Lincoln has partnered with Martin Methodist College to grow a nursing program and develop programs that support the college's pre-health professions program. * Davis helped deliver a grant from USDA Rural Development to the Fentress County Emergency Medical Service for three new ambulances. These funds will go a long way toward ensuring Fentress County's medical technicians have the most modern equipment they need during that important time following an accident or other life threatening situations." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 46 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 67 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Immigration. "*Lincoln is committed to securing our borders and opposes amnesty. He supports enforcing our laws and prosecuting and jailing employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Immigration. "Frustration over illegal immigration has become a staple in the news and throughout our local communities. I hope Congress and the Administration take the appropriate steps to curb illegal immigration; it is long overdue. While some of our national leaders are calling for broad guest-worker programs, ultimately leading to amnesty, I must share my staunch opposition." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lincoln Davis. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lincoln Davis supported the interests of Peace Action West 36 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Issue Position: Active Military. "The United States has the greatest military in the history of the world. The men and women making up our Armed Forces are highly capable and dedicated individuals. I have witnessed their courageousness first hand during my visits at operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. I pray daily for all our Armed Forces, particularly the guardsmen and families from the 4th District who are currently serving. It is our duty and responsibility as elected officials to take care of those who serve our country in the Armed Forces." (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Statement From Congressman Davis On Presidential Address Regarding War In Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "After eight years in Iraq and Afghanistan it's imperative all the facts are straight. If we had a well thought out strategy and emphasis in Afghanistan from the onset perhaps we might not be in this current predicament. I want Bin Laden captured and punished while focusing on training the Afghani forces as sufficiently as possible so they can begin handling counterterrorism and counterinsurgency efforts in their own country." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lincoln Davis. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Lincoln Davis voted YES on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Lincoln Davis. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "First, I will talk about the amendment's scope. In my opinion, the amendment limits its ability to truly protect marriage. As written, the amendment defines marriage between a man and a woman. Sounds good, but I do not think that alone will be good enough to fully protect marriage. Mr. Speaker, it is my belief that the amendment does not go far enough. If we truly want to protect marriage, we should look and do all the things we must to go after the evils that threaten each and everyone of our marriages. These are the evils of divorce, adultery and abuse." (votesmart.org)

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