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Tom Garrett, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (VA) - District 5, Republican
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Tom Garrett, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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 2016, 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

  • "Tom has worked hard to protect the unborn through legislation like SB 826, a bill he patroned to repeal taxpayer funding for non-federally funded abortions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1107416/issue-position-life#.V40eX3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Life is sacred and begins at conception. All individuals have the right to life, and Tom is committed to doing everything he can to protect it." https://www.tomgarrettforcongress.com/issue-positions/ (www.tomgarrettforcongress.com)
  • Rated 0% by the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/134493/tom-garrett-jr#.V40P-3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Federal taxes are too high. High taxes are a barrier to job creation and economic growth. Tom will fight to cut them and end the tax burden placed on us by corporate welfare subsidies. By cutting the size and scope of government we can lower taxes across the board and keep more money in the hands of the people who earn it. Tom has voted against tax increases in Richmond, and he will fight higher taxes in Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1107439/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tom is not afraid to voted no on bad budgets, even those supported by Republican leadership here in Richmond. Last year he was the only vote against a budget that was too big, and used tax payer money to help the state compete directly against small business owners in the Commonwealth. Tom didn't put up with it in Richmond, and he won't put up with it in D.C. Tom will continue to do the right thing and vote for fiscal responsibility and less spending in Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1107447/issue-position-fiscal-policy (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.B.131 "Establishes Tax Deductions for Corporations" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38268 (votesmart.org)
  • "Lets lower or eliminate the Corporate income tax and bring jobs into the 22nd Senate District." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/648979/issue-position-job-creation (votesmart.org)
  • "High taxes are a barrier to job creation and economic growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1107439/issue-position-taxes#.V40eTnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Department of Education has presided over the long slow decline of our education system, and it is safe to say that we would be better off managing our education systems at the state and local level." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1107443/issue-position-education#.V40eT3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tom supports efforts to let Americans drill, dig and produce energy. He opposes any subsidies or tax credits for oil, gas, wind, or solar companies -- to include ethanol subsidies. The government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers, and our previous engagements in these types of activities have led to higher prices, less consumer choices and lower productivity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1107490/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
  • "Further, we've seen time and again how government attempting to pick the winners and loser only ends in disaster. Obama's failed energy subsidies and billions in losses in tax payer dollars are evidence enough of that." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1107501/issue-position-economic-policy#.V40eSnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.B.610 "Authorizes Concealed Carry Reciprocity for Out-of-State License Holders" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55390 (votesmart.org)
  • "Tom is a strong advocate for our 2nd Amendment rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1107411/issue-position-2nd-amendment#.V40eWHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/134493/tom-garrett-jr#.V40P-3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sponsored and voted in favor of S.B.270 "Requires Cities to Enforce Federal Immigration Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55492 (votesmart.org)
  • "He opposes amnesty for illegal aliens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1107496/issue-position-immigration#.V40eS3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Equality Virginia http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/134493/tom-garrett-jr/76 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a veteran who served in one of those foreign engagements which lacked a clear purpose,I have a unique perspective on what we are asking our fighting men and women to do when we send them overseas. We owe them a Declaration of War when we ask them to fight, a legitimate national defense situation, a defined enemy, a realistic plan for defeating that enemy, and a quick journey home once we have defeated that enemy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1107506/issue-position-foreign-policy (votesmart.org)
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

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

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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