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E. Scott Rigell

Scott Rigell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: E. Scott Rigell
Office: U.S. House (VA) - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Teri; 4 Children: Lindsey, Mallory, Justus, Shannon
Birth Date: 05/28/1960
Birth Place: Titusville, FL
Home City: Virginia Beach, VA
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Scott Rigell 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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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 2012, 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

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  • Scott Rigell. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Scott Rigell voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Issue Position: Family Values. 4 October 2011. "It is time we have public servants in Washington who will promote a culture that values life and protects the most vulnerable amongst us, at the beginning of life and at the end. That is why I am proudly pro-life." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Virginian Pilot - Rigell's Rookie Year: No Triumph, Many Tests. 30 October 2011. "The list of more than 100 bills he has sponsored or co-sponsored reflects many of his campaign promises and sheds more light on his views on abortion. During the campaign, he said he opposed abortion but declined to say whether it should ever be allowed. As a congressman, he has co-sponsored several anti-abortion bills, including a measure that would declare that human life begins at conception and would give a fetus full constitutional rights. He also supports further restrictions on federal funding of family planning organizations that support abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Scott Rigell voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Rigell in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Scott Rigell. REPUBLICAN SCOTT RIGELL EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLAN FOR AFGHANISTAN. 16 July 2012. "I fully support the brave men and women of our armed forces. They deserve our unending gratitude for continuing to fight amidst challenging situations. They also deserve to have a clear goal and leadership that will make the necessary provisions to successfully accomplish that goal. Unfortunately, President Obama is showing that America's new plan is simply fighting not to lose in Afghanistan. Instead, I believe we should be fighting to win. Fighting to win means not broadcasting to the enemy when we will withdraw from the fight. Such a disclosure simply tells those who wish us harm how long they must survive before they win by default. I urge President Obama and Congress to make it America's goal to win the fight in Afghanistan, so that our brave troops can return home for good once our goals are met. Otherwise, America will be forced to intervene in Afghanistan later when the forces of evil take over again after being left to their own devices 18 months from now. Our troops deserve and must be given the full support and commitment they need to succeed once and for all. This means allowing the proper rules of engagement, providing the necessary funding that will protect our troops from harm and allowing the men and women of our armed forces to do what they do best “ fight evil so that America will remain safe and secure." (www.scottrigell.com)
  • The Virginian-Pilot: Voter Guide: 2nd District GOP candidates: Scott Rigell. 3 June 2010. "One thing is non-negotiable in my view. There must be a constant interruption of any effort to organize terrorist activity against the United States ¦ We can't allow Afghanistan to go back to what it was “ a safe haven for terrorists." (hamptonroads.com)
  • Bill Bartel. The Viginian-Pilot: Rigell's rookie year: No triumph, many tests. 29 October 2011. "Rigell also wants the United States to stop paying for most nonmilitary aid to Afghanistan as quickly as possible and to withdraw all American troops, save for a small special-operations presence. The mission following the 9/11 attacks was to go after Osama bin Laden and other terrorists and to deny them a base of operations, he said. Efforts to reshape Afghan culture are misguided, he said. 'I think that's our nature as Americans. We want to change you. We want to make you better,' he said. 'There's some hubris here, to think that we can change this ancient society where the tribal loyalties run very, very deep.'" (hamptonroads.com)
  • Scott Rigell. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Scott Rigell voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • JR Hoeft. Bearing Drift: Virginians React to Obama Afghanistan speech. 23 June 2011. "I've long held the view that it is unnecessary and unwise to announce, in advance, changes in troop levels “ especially reductions in troop levels. As Commander-in-Chief, it is the President's responsibility to chart a path forward in Afghanistan that, at the earliest point in time, shifts full responsibility for security to the Afghan government. Endemic corruption, deep tribal loyalties that often trump national identity, and a continuously porous border with Pakistan make that transition an exceptional challenge. What must not be compromised in the days ahead is this strategic imperative: we must continuously disrupt Al Qaeda's ability to plan, train for, and execute terrorist attacks from Afghanistan." (bearingdrift.com)
  • Scott Rigell. Video: Rep. Scott Rigell joins C-SPAN's Washington Journal -- PART 1. 23 June 2011. "[Afghanistan's] s a profoundly challenging place to change the hearts and minds of the police and the Afghan people. So for that reason, we should, in the shortest time that we can reasonably and wisely do so, extricate ourselves from that place and go into a different method to disrupt and dismantle Al-Qaeda." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Scott Rigell. Plnned Closure of Joint Forces Command is a Direct Reflection on Glenn Nye's Lack of Leadership. 9 August 2010. "Speaker Pelosi's liberal agenda and hyperactive spending is now forcing us to cut our national defense. At a time when virtually every federal department is growing, it is astonishing that the Department of Defense is the only one facing real cuts. This is another example of the misplaced priorities of our freshman incumbent who voted in the Democratic Congressional leadership that is taking our country down the wrong track." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigel. Rigell Supports Budget Resolution To Protect Defense Budget from Sequestration. 29 March 2012. "This budget reasserts our national priorities by doing three critical things: first, it stops the sequestration, which would devastate our national security and our local economy. A strong defense is the first responsibility of the federal government. This budget provides $554 billion in defense funds for the next fiscal year and $6.2 trillion over the next decade. This is essential to maintain America's military goals. America's troops and military families should not pay the price for Washington's failure to take action." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Scott Rigell voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Scott Rigell voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Rigell Strongly Supports Measure to Fund Military for the Remainder of the Year. 7 April 2011. "I implored the Chairman to do all he could to move forward a funding solution that would provide a true defense appropriations bill for our military. The measure that I voted for today does just that [¦] I am pleased that the Republican leadership in the House have insulated our military while continuing to reduce federal spending." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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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  • Scott Rigell. Rigell Supports Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. 13 December 2012. "Today Representative Scott Rigell (VA-2) voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. The Act extends the payroll tax holiday for businesses, continues unemployment benefits for those in need, and provides for a two year extension of the Medicare 'doc fix.' The bill passed the House 234-193 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.' This is a bipartisan compromise that provides relief to the middle class while continuing to create an environment that will allow for job creation,' Rigell said.' This is the best alternative before us right now. Over 90% of the savings come from provisions similar to those the President has already supported. My hope is the Senate and the President will see this and that we'll be able to enact this much-needed relief for Americans.'The bill is fully offset over a 10 year period based on Congressional Budget Office estimates. See the CBO Score of this bill. More about the impact of the 'Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act': Extends Current Payroll Tax Relief, Protects Social Security -Provides a one year extension of the current payroll tax rate (4.2%), without raising taxes on America's job creators, which will save the average American family $1,000." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Letter to the Honorable John Boehner Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives and the Honorable Eric Cantor Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 6 June 2011. "To fundamentally and permanently reform the way that Washington budgets and spends, we must send to the states a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) with strong protections against federal tax increases and including a Spending Limitation Amendment (SLA) like the statutory spending caps described above." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. The Take Away: Norquist's Tax Pledge Loses a Republican Signer. 9 July 2012. "Grover Norquist is the creator of the 'Taxpayer Protection Pledge.' It's an oath to never vote for any legislation that will raise taxes. More than 270 members of Congress have pledged, and they're all Republican. But now one Republican is taking his John Hancock off the oath. That Republican is Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell. Rep. Rigell instead proposes a new idea. A recent TIME Magazine article called it the 20 percent solution. It involves raising the country's revenues (which includes taxes) to somewhere near 20 percent, and cutting down spending to 20 percent." (rigell.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Scott Rigell. Twitter: RepScottRigell. 31 May 2011. "Feel good about voting NO to a debt limit hike. We must live within our means." (twitter.com)
  • Scott Rigell. Twitter. Paying down our debt is in and of itself a path to job creation. What would youcut from the federal budget?" (twitter.com)
  • Scott Rigell. Congressman Rigell Supports Measure to Reduce Non-Security Spending to FY 2008 Levels. 26 January 2011. "Cutting overall spending back to pre-bailout, pre-stimulus levels will be one of many steps that House Republicans are taking to ensure a path to financial security." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Rigell Response to State of the Union Address. 26 January 2011. "We are fulfilling our pledge to end Washington's spending spree and we will continue to make the tough but necessary decisions needed to put America back on a path to job creation and fiscal responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Twitter: RepScottRigell. 8 July 2011. "New unemployment numbers for June up to 9.2% Highest rate since December 2010. Administration must cut big spending policies." (twitter.com)
  • Scott Rigell. On the Economy: Obama Still Looking in the Rearview Mirror while America's Job Creators Seek Clarity about the Future. 8 June 2011. "No, Mr. President. America's entrepreneurs and job creators are not looking to the past. They are looking to the future [¦] They see a failed stimulus that has added a trillion dollars to our debt [¦] And they see a mountain of national debt and know that if our leaders can't agree to substantive spending cuts, America's future is at serious risk. Mr. President, you do have a point: uncertainty is the enemy of job creation. But it is YOUR policies that are dragging down the greatest economic engine the world has ever known: the American entrepreneur." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Scott Rigell. Issue Position: Military & Veterans. 4 October 2011. "Where I Stand on Military & Veterans Issues: [¦] Providing resources for job opportunities and training assistance for transition to civilian life, and supporting expanded tax credits and hiring incentives for private companies to hire veterans." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 4, Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011. 2 March 2011. "I know firsthand that excessive tax paperwork and compliance matters are already major expenses to our small businesses. And the new reporting requirements included in the health care law will substantially increase those costs. These new requirements impose yet another burden on small businesses forcing them to devote more resources to filing taxes instead of going out and doing what they do best, which is to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Twitter: RepScottRigell. 15 April 2011. "The U.S. Has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Until it is lowered, we will continue to lose jobs to foreign competitors." (twitter.com)
  • Scott Rigell. Rigell Supports Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. 13 December 2011. "This [Job Creation Act] is a bipartisan compromise that provides relief to the middle class while continuing to create an environment that will allow for job creation," Rigell said. "This is the best alternative before us right now. Over 90% of the savings come from provisions similar to those the President has already supported. My hope is the Senate and the President will see this and that we'll be able to enact this much-needed relief for Americans." (rigell.house.gov)
  • Scott Rigell Co-Sponsors Legislation to Alleviate Unfair Burdens from Shipping Industry. 31 August 2011. "Unnecessary taxes and regulatory burdens are choking the life out of businesses across the United States, and right here in Hampton Roads. This measure will reduce those burdens associated with shipping goods between U.S. ports, make it easier for businesses to grow and deliver their products, and most importantly, create jobs." (votesmart.org)
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

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  • Scott Rigell. Daily Press: Now it's up to Virginia. 3 July 2012. "On first blush, Friday's news that Virginia has obtained a waiver from the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law is a welcome relief. Schools in the commonwealth will no longer face sanctions for failing to ensure that students meet unwieldy and arbitrary proficiency measures for reading and math performance. Although intended as a vehicle for nationwide school improvement, NCLB's unrealistic federal requirements that school districts demonstrate "Adequate Yearly Progress" and obtain grade-level proficiency by 2014 have been largely ineffective. The waiver gives states the option of developing their own measures to shore up failing schools.But before Virginia celebrates its release from NCLB's bondage, it is important to consider what the state has undertaken. The problem of struggling schools and lagging test scores isn't going away. In assuming responsibility for school improvement, the Virginia Department of Education must develop a workable alternative to measuring school success. Most of all, it is imperative that Virginia not give up on its poorest performing schools. The waiver frees the state from the "burden" of having to offer transfers and tutoring for students in failing schools. Districts may instead address performance problems in the bottom 15 percent of schools by implementing state-approved interventions. But lack of choice should not be taken lightly. While students from middle-class and primarily white families are often in a better position to move out of a failing school or enroll in a private school, lower-income students, often from minority families, often do not have these options. The right to transfer affords the chance to attend a non-failing school now, instead of waiting until much-needed interventions are put into place. While aggressive improvements are essential to long-term success of struggling schools, keeping students imprisoned there during what are hoped to be transition years should not be part of the solution. Expanding, not limiting, options for choice will fuel healthy competition in our schools instead of perpetuating the hopelessness that too often accompanies attending a failing school. Whatever the results of the waiver might be, one thing is certain. By implementing its own measures of content standards and assessments, Virginia will no longer be able to blame failing school performance on No Child Left Behind. Ultimately it doesn't matter what yardstick is applied, what programs are implemented and what labels are championed. What matters is whether our students are learning what they need to become successful, well-employed citizens of a nation that is competing in a global economy." (rigell.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Scott Rigell. The Rigell Report. 19 May 2011. "Last week I voted for three legislative measures that will affect one side of that equation: supply. The American Energy Initiative would reopen responsible exploration for natural resources in deep waters. The de facto moratorium imposed by the Obama administration has stifled job creation, and is costing the United States $4.7 million a day in lost revenues, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Twitter: RepScottRigell. 12 May 2011. "Rigell Votes to End Moratorium on Off-Shore Exploration." (twitter.com)
  • Scott Rigell. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Scott Rigell voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Energy Security and Uemployment. 7 February 2012. "The President said in this House that we must have an all-of-the-above strategy to energy independence. I agree. That includes harvesting the energy in every corner of America, including the 3.8 billion barrels of oil and gas off the coast of Virginia. Last week, I introduced the Mid-Atlantic Energy and Jobs Act of 2012 to free up Virginia's abundant offshore energy. This legislation will help us achieve energy independence and could produce more than 18,000 local jobs, and it requires a significant amount of the royalties produced by the exploration to go toward improving our environment." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Twitter: RepScottRigell. 5 May 2011. "Rigell Votes to Reopen Oil Exploration Off Virginia's Coast." (twitter.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Scott Rigell. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Scott Rigell voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 15 April 2012. "I, Scott Rigell, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Virginia and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Top 10 Job-Destroying Regulations. 29 August 2010. "Top 10 Job-Destroying Regulations. Courtesy of the House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor...¢Greenhouse Gas (Winter): The EPA's upcoming greenhouse gas new source performance standards (NSPS) will affect new and existing oil, natural gas, and coal-fired power plants, as well as oil refineries, nationwide. While the impact on the economy and jobs are likely to be severe, the rules are quickly moving forward, once again revealing the Administration's disregard for the consequences of their policies on our jobs crisis. Again, I expect Chairman Upton and the Energy and Commerce Committee to move swiftly in the coming months to protect American jobs and consumers." (rigell.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Scott Rigell. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 4 October 2011. "Our Constitution was founded on principles of individual liberty and limited government. The right of Americans to own firearms is confirmed by the Second Amendment. Gun control serves only to penalize law-abiding citizens, not criminals. In states where firearm ownership regulations have been enacted there is no evidence that it has proven effective in reducing violent crime. Federal licensing of law-abiding gun owners and national gun registration would violate our Second Amendment rights. Gun ownership is responsible citizenship, enabling Americans to defend themselves, their property, and our communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Blog: Statement on UN Arms Trade Treaty. 16 July 2012. "Congressman Rigell does not support any treaty that abridges constitutional gun ownership rights in the United States. Tens of millions of Americans own and use guns for personal safety, recreation, hunting, and other lawful activities. The Second Amendment clearly establishes not just the right of Americans to own firearms, but the responsibility of the federal government to actively protect that right." (rigell.house.gov)
  • Scott Rigell. Bearing Drift: Stellar First Year for Rigell. 26 January 2012. "Rigell is true to the Second Amendment by supporting law-abiding citizens to retain their Constitutional rights across state lines." (www.rigell.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Scott Rigell. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Scott Rigell voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. House Approves JOBS Act to Spur Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth.8 March 2012. "To truly boost job creation and certainty in America we must continue to pursue American energy independence and repeal the Affordable Care Act that is putting such a strain on American businesses and our federal budget." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Facebook: Wall. 14 March 2012. "According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the healthcare reform law is now estimated to cost $1.76 trillion dollars over the next decade rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law. This is almost DOUBLE the projected amount and reminds us why we need to repeal and replace this expensive and burdensome piece of legislation." (www.facebook.com)
  • Scott Rigell. Rigell Response to State of the Union Address. 26 January 2011. "Each week of the 112th Congress, I have joined my Republican colleagues in passing bills that reduce federal spending, including voting to repeal the Health Care Law, which would reduce spending by $2.6 trillion, cutting Congress' own budgets by 5 percent, and rolling back government funding to the pre-bailout, pre-stimulus 2008 levels." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Issue Position: Health Care. 4 October 2011. "One of my first votes in the 112th Congress was to repeal the Health Care Law. By repealing this law, we will have the opportunity to focus on the challenging issues facing our health care system while implementing market based solutions." (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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  • Scott Rigel. NumbersUSA: 2010 NumbersUSA Congressional Candidate Survey. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Do you OPPOSE offering the officially estimated 11 million people illegally in the U.S long-term work permits and/or a path to citizenship (whether through a blanket amnesty or an "earned legalization" or other form)?" (www.numbersusa.com)
  • Scott Rigel signed Hampton Roads Tea Party: A Pledge from Scott Rigell to the People of the Second Congressional District. 26 August 2010. "To fight against any measure that subverts U.S. sovereignty, whether through trade, currency, environmental causes, the United Nations, immigration amnesty, or under the guise of human rights." (voices.washingtonpost.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Scott Rigell. Issue Position: Family Values. 4 October 2011. "Over the last decade we have seen an assault on the institution of marriage and our core family values. In 2006, I was proud to have joined a majority of Virginians as we voted to protect traditional marriage in our state Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Rigell in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. 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. In April, a memo from the Navy Chief of Chaplains issued new guidance to ignore federal law, which was temporarily suspended. On September 30, 2011 the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (DoD) released a second memorandum stating that in connection with the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT), the "use of the DoD real property and facilities for private functions, including religious and other ceremonies, should be made on a sexual-orientation neutral basis." This statement is nothing more than a reissuing of the original April guidance. Rather than using the term "marriage," the Department of Defense has merely written the guidance broadly in an attempt to avoid questions about whether its policy is in violation of DOMA. The application, however, of this new policy will undoubtedly violate DOMA. 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. When the House of Representatives passed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in April, the Akin and Hartzler amendments were adopted which clarify that federal employees and federal property can only be used to support marriages in a manner consistent with DOMA. We recognize the National Defense Authorization Act is well underway and needed funds for our troops should be expedited without delay. However, we respectfully request that an amendment similar to that passed by the House be included to ensure that this administration follow the law as written and comply with DOMA. It is not the place of any citizen of this country to pick and choose which laws will be obeyed. We expect citizens sworn to defend those laws to set the example in their application." (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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  • Scott Rigell. Twitter: RepScottRigell. 23 June 2011. "'The enemy is highly mobile. Need a lighter footprint in Afgh. as soon as we reasonably can; focus on terrorists here they are now.' (stf)." (twitter.com)
  • Scott Rigell. Politico “ Did Obama lose Congress on Libya? 22 March 2011. "I'm surprised more conservatives aren't speaking out about this issue. American lives were not at risk in Libya at the time, and Libya was not a material threat to the United States or its territory, and it's difficult." (votesmart.org)
No 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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  • Scott Rigell. Scott Rigell Gives Command Performance at Second Congressional Debate. 8 September 2010. "Now more than ever, we need proven leadership in Washington. If I have the high privilege to represent the people of the Second District, I will work tirelessly to create jobs and a strong economy that will generate the tax revenues needed to improve our schools, strengthen social security, and meet the deep obligation we have to the men and women who proudly serve in our military." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Rigell. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security. 3 August 2012. "We have a solemn obligation to every American to protect Social Security and ensure it is viable for current and future generations. Social Security is a promise made to, and earned by, every American worker -- and promises made must be kept by our federal government. Our solemn obligation to seniors means we must not cut the Social Security benefits they receive or move to privatize their Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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