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Trey Gowdy III's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (SC) - District 4, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
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Trey Gowdy III has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Trey Gowdy III is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trey Gowdy. Exciting News. September 14 2010. "This weekend we were fortunate to receive an endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee. In addition, we received a 100% rating by the South Carolina Citizens for Life. This shows our commitment to protecting pre-born children and the medically fragile members of our human family." (www.treygowdy.com)
  • Trey Gowdy. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Trey Gowdy voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Trey Gowdy. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Trey Gowdy voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Trey Gowdy. Issue Position: Sanctity of Life. 26 September 2011. "I am pro-life plus. I believe in the sanctity of life. I also believe the strategy should be broader than waiting for the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade. We must support crisis pregnancy centers, incentivize adoption, and educate women on preventing pregnancies. We can put our pro-life beliefs into real, tangible action and demonstrate a consistent, unwavering support for the sanctity of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Trey Gowdy. 100%. 24 May 2010. "Great news! SC Citizens for Life has given Trey a 100% rating on their survey for his commitment to protecting life. Trey is committed to protecting pre-born children and the medically fragile members of our human family." (www.treygowdy.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trey Gowdy signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I,Trey Gowdy, pledge to the taxpayers of the 4th 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)
  • Trey Gowdy signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Trey Gowdy, pledge to the taxpayers of the 4th 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)
  • Trey Gowdy signed "Contract From America." "Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011." (votesmart.org)
  • Trey Gowdy. 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)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trey Gowdy. What you will and won't find... 6 January 2010. "Congress spent the preponderance of its time last year dealing with spending packages to spur job creation (as if that will ever work), debating cap and trade and other energy taxes, bailing out and then taking over certain automotive industries, and concluded with healthcare 'reform' that increased federal entanglement in medicine. Search as you will and you will find no constitutional basis for any of the aforementioned. " (www.treygowdy.com)
  • Trey Gowdy. Jobs. 26 January 2010. "It should be crystal clear by now that government is not the answer to job creation. Jobs are created by the private sector (in response to demand) and the private sector remains understandably vexed by governmental encroachment and intrusion." (www.treygowdy.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trey Gowdy. Issue Position: Education. 26 September 2011. "Education allowed our family to go from a 6th grade education to a medical doctor and a prosecutor. This is the American dream, and it is worth celebrating and fighting for. I believe education is a state and local matter and while the federal government is free to share resources, share success stories of innovation from other states, and free to encourage research and creative experimentation, the decision on how to educate our children is a state and local one." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trey Gowdy. What you will and won't find... 6 January 2010. "Congress spent the preponderance of its time last year dealing with spending packages to spur job creation (as if that will ever work), debating cap and trade and other energy taxes, bailing out and then taking over certain automotive industries, and concluded with healthcare 'reform' that increased federal entanglement in medicine. Search as you will and you will find no constitutional basis for any of the aforementioned. " (www.treygowdy.com)
  • Trey Gowdy. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Trey Gowdy voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Trey Gowdy. Trey Gowdy, 4th District Candidate. 11 August 2011. "No on Cap and Trade, no on any carbon tax [¦] Those who seek to punish carbon emissions, those who seek to tax it, restrict it, have been woefully inadequate, have totally failed, at convincing the people they seek to serve, and correspondingly seek to tax, that the temperature is rising, that it is man-made, that it is caused by CO2 admissions, that if we wanted to fix it we could, and that doing so while China and India are not doing so is in the best American interest. They have utterly failed at carrying their burden of proof." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trey Gowdy. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 January 2011. "The rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, guaranteed in the second amendment, should be given the same deference as the other liberties protected by the Bill of Rights. The founders had the foresight and wisdom to guarantee this fundamental right, and it is our duty as members of Congress to uphold the constitution. As a former federal prosecutor, I strongly believe we must staunchly defend all of the freedoms granted by the constitution, not pick and choose based on political motivations." (votesmart.org)
  • Trey Gowdy. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 1 January 2012. "The 2nd Amendment was written and ratified by the same people who wrote and ratified the other constitutional amendments liberals find sacrosanct. As a former federal prosecutor who worked on firearms cases, I can assure you there are sufficient federal laws existing in place to provide for community safety and security. The rights of law abiding citizens to bear arms should always be protected." (votesmart.org)
  • Trey Gowdy. Issues. 26 September 2011. "The 2nd Amendment was written and ratified by the same people who wrote and ratified the other constitutional amendments liberals find sacrosanct. As a former federal prosecutor who worked on firearms cases, I can assure you there are sufficient federal laws existing in place to provide for community safety and security. The rights of law abiding citizens to bear arms should always be protected." (www.treygowdy.com)
  • Trey Gowdy. Rep. Trey Gowdy on National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity. 13 September 2011. "The notion that more gun laws are gonna stop people- 922G is not gonna stop somebody whose hell-bent on getting a gun and shooting someone [¦] the notion that we need more laws has been debunked both statistically and anecdotally, to be honest." (youtu.be)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Trey Gowdy in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trey Gowdy. Health Care Waivers Opening Statement. 15 March 2011. "Many in this room, including myself, fundamentally oppose the health care legislation passed last year. We have serious concerns with federal mandates being on individual citizens and massive new government spending programs in such an austere fisca environment." (youtu.be)
  • Trey Gowdy. Conservative Health Care Reform. 30 July 2009. "There are alternatives to government-controlled health care including alternatives proposed by our own Senator Jim DeMint. Rather than vilifying Senator DeMint for having the courage to ask tough questions and demand truthful answers, the Obama administration would do well to consider how we can solve the issues of cost containment and access without scuttling the best health care system in the world and increasing the national debt by an extra trillion dollars." (www.treygowdy.com)
  • Trey Gowdy. Free-Market Solutions Can Work. 7 December 2009. "Congress is on the precipice of overhauling our health-care system. Lay aside that an institution with a historically low public approval rating (Congress) is insistent on dismantling an institution with high approval ratings (most Americans rate their level of satisfaction with health care as high or very high) [¦] Surely an economy built on free market ideals should exhaust market solutions before embarking on a system of statist medicine proven inefficient and costly in other countries." (www.treygowdy.com)
  • Trey Gowdy. What you will and won't find... 6 January 2010. "Congress spent the preponderance of its time last year dealing with spending packages to spur job creation (as if that will ever work), debating cap and trade and other energy taxes, bailing out and then taking over certain automotive industries, and concluded with healthcare 'reform' that increased federal entanglement in medicine. Search as you will and you will find no constitutional basis for any of the aforementioned. " (www.treygowdy.com)
  • Trey Gowdy. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Trey Gowdy voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Trey Gowdy. Gowdy Votes to Repeal Obamacare. "Reforming our nation's healthcare system is much needed and long overdue. But the healthcare takeover is replete with burdensome taxes and regulations, increases the size and scope of the federal government and contravenes the letter and spirit of the Constitution. Repealing this legislation, however, is not the end of the road. I look forward to addressing the substantial healthcare issues facing our country in a truly transparent manner with market driven solutions, not government centric mandates. Real problems persist, especially in regards to pre-existing conditions, and we must implement meaningful reforms which are conducive to job growth and honor the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Trey Gowdy. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, the Constitution of the United States has limits. Surely one of those limits must be that Congress cannot compel a private citizen to engage in a private commercial transaction [¦] I am from the upstate of South Carolina; and every time I go home, I hear about the need for health reform and about the fear that people have with respect to preexisting conditions; but I support a solution that is patient centered and not government centered. I support a solution that is affordable and not generational embezzlement, and I support a solution that is consistent with the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nathan Pippenger. The New Republic: On Immigration, Congress Should Quit Whining And Look in the Mirror. 19 July 2012. "Gowdy used his time to criticize the White House's recent DREAM directive and challenge Napolitano on the administration's use of prosecutorial discretion"its choice to de-prioritize certain immigration cases, like those of DREAMers." (www.tnr.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trey Gowdy. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law [¦] This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trey Gowdy. Stop Giving Terrorists American Rights. 22 November 2009. "Our nation's war against terrorist forces that are bound and determined to attack our way of life is nothing close to crime-fighting. It's a war, a global war, and while non-traditional compared to wars the United States has fought in the past, doesn't make it any less dangerous than previous conflicts. Indeed, it's potentially more dangerous and difficult to wage. If we're going to win this struggle “ and our future demands that we do; we absolutely cannot give up our decided intelligence advantage in trying to break up, stop and ultimately shut down terrorist networks. Giving suspected terrorists the same considerations as the common criminal does exactly that." (www.treygowdy.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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