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Jack Kingston

Jack Kingston's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Jack Kingston
Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 1, Republican
First Elected: 11/03/1992
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Libby; 4 Children
Birth Date: 04/24/1955
Birth Place: Bryan, TX
Home City: Savannah, GA
Religion: Episcopalian
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Jack Kingston. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Kingston's Statement on the Budget Agreement. 9 April 2011. "We have also forced the Senate's hand and will require them to take an up-or-down vote on repealing ObamaCare and on de-funding Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of abortions. We have blocked the increased funding for the Internal Revenue Service and banned taxpayer funding of abortion in the District of Columbia. While this package isn't a good year's work, it certainly is a good day's work." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Jack Kingston a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Replacing Misguided Health Care Law Begins with Repeal. 15 July 2012. "Taxpayer dollars should not be used to take innocent life through abortion and health care providers should be protected from performing procedures that violate their conscience." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. In healthcare debate, abortion remains an issue. 9 November 2009. "We'll keep fighting to defend the right to life and to make sure your tax dollars are not used to pay for abortions." (kingston.house.gov)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Jack Kingston. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Kingston. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 10 March 2010. "I do want to say this about the troops in the field. And I do respect your support of troops. I just got back from Afghanistan. I was there Saturday, and I was in Pakistan Sunday, meeting with General McChrystal, meeting with our leadership on the ground over there. We do have a new strategy. It is shape, clear, hold, build, and transfer. And in our first muscle movement under this, as you know we went to Marja, we went to the Helmand Province, and we had a military victory. But rather than leave it there, we have now worked on a successful civilian transfer to make sure that the Afghanis are ready to take on this new conquered territory. Karzai was briefed from the beginning on the battle for Marja. One-third of the troops were Afghanis. They fought shoulder to shoulder with the coalition forces. The governor of the Helmand province was briefed. There is a new police force that is coming in there to crack down on the corruption in the Afghan police force, because that is one of the problems." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. In Afghanistan, Kingston Sees Hope For Victory. 12 March 2010. "When the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly this week to block an attempt at withdrawing American forces from Afghanistan, Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) had fresh perspective -- he had just returned from a weekend meeting with troops and civilian leaders on the front lines. The withdrawal resolution, which failed by a vote of 356-65, only previewed a much more important debate looming in the wings: how to fund the surge of forces on its way to the country from which the most devastating terrorist attack on American soil was launched. As a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Committee, Congressman Kingston will be charged with formulating that policy. Returning from Kabul, Congressman Kingston gained renewed confidence Coalition troops and the strategy being employed by General Stanley McChrystal. [...] "We're already seeing this new strategy play out in Marja," Congressman Kingston said. "First we shape and area by identifying it, then we clear it of Taliban insurgents. As we are able to hold the area and lift the Afghan flag, we build the human and physical infrastructure before transferring it to Afghan control. We're closing the gap between military victory and civilian control." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: War on Terror. 11 July 2011. "While we have had extraordinary military successes in Afghanistan and Iraq, our forces still face many challenges ahead in the global war on terrorism. Military leaders have acknowledged that rooting out small networks of destruction around the globe will likely take some time. Continued efforts to secure stability in these struggling nations is just as critical to U.S. security as eliminating all remaining havens for threats to the U.S. worldwide." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Kingston Gives Sober Assessment On Afghanistan. 17 September 2009. "In a speech this weekend to the Golden Isles Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA-1) gave a sober assessment of the war in Afghanistan and called on the Obama Administration and leaders in Congress to devote more attention to the war in Afghanistan. "While the most important issue right now may appear to be health care, the number one issue is still our troops in the field and our national security," Congressman Kingston said. "Eight years after we sent troops there, we have yet to round the corner. With 68,000 on the ground, the highway running from Kabul to Kandahar remains unsafe for traffic. Until we have safe roads and villages, we cannot have commerce and without commerce, we are going to have a nation led by warlords, terrorists and other extremists." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Congressman Kingston speaks on Afghanistan. 7 October 2010. "We've been fighting it one year at a time now for ten years. We really need to bring this to a peak and whether it's a surge similar to what we did in Iraq, maybe we need to do even more in Afghanistan." (kingston.house.gov)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Kingston. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Jack Kingston voted Did Not Vote on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Facebook: Wall. 18 July 2012. "Later today, I will be going to the floor to continue my efforts to end the military's recent practice of sponsorship professional sports. While I like many of these sports, no one at the Department of Defense has been able to prove they are an effective use of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars when our military faces cuts the Secretary of Defense say would "hollow out" our nation's defense." (www.facebook.com)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: Defense. 12 July 2011. "Defense is an increasingly complex issue. In the midst of two wars, our nation faces a soaring national debt that places tremendous pressure on the defense budget. However, we must still ensure that our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines have all of the essential resources in order to protect themselves, our country and our national interests. Our nation faces an era of perpetual conflict where the United States is threatened by state and non-state actors. We must be prepared for the wars of the future, as well as remain focused on successfully concluding the current conflicts." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. 26 May 2011. "We are debating a budget today which is about $550 billion, but there is another $120 billion which goes under Overseas Contingency Operations which we do not debate or scrutinize nearly as much as we should. What that money does is actually brings us to a military spending bill that is not in the 500 billions but is $670 billion. A lot of that money is not going to emergency spending but ongoing operations. Did anybody last year think we were going to be out of Afghanistan or Iraq this year? No. That money should be in their base budget. As a member of the Defense appropriations committee, I have submitted language on our bill to straighten this out, and I hope that Congress will take a look at it down the road. I do support this amendment, however, and I thank the gentleman from California for the time." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "High Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Jack Kingston. Defense Secretary, Joint Chiefs Chair Announce Cuts at Pentagon. 26 January 2012. "Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) is pledging to work with the nation's military leaders to review a significant reshaping of the nation's military and trimming of the Pentagon's budget. While he has concerns, Kingston acknowledged the tough task taken on by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and is cautiously optimistic that the changes will not negatively impact the South Georgia military installations he represents [¦] The proposed changes would reduce the size of the military by 100,000 troops, eliminate some programs and delay others in an effort to save $487 billion over the next decade. It will also call for another Base Closing and Realignment Commission (BRAC) to review military installations for possible closure." (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

  • Jack Kingston. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: Tax Relief. 12 July 2011. "The American people are tired of being over-taxed. They work harder than ever for their money yet take home less of it because the federal government continues to tax them everytime they turn around. Congress needs to act to relieve that burden. It was the Bush Tax Cuts in 2003 that created nearly six million new jobs and huge gains in the stock market. The time to make them permanent is now. If these tax cuts are not made permanent, 116 million Americans will experience an average tax increase of $1,800." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" - Transcript. 1 December 2010. "You know, Chris, I think it"s Nancy Pelosi"s last hurrah on the way out the door, pushing policies that have already been soundly rejected by the American people. The president, as you have pointed out, is starting to negotiate with Republican leaders and Democrat leaders in the Senate, some of the more responsible ones, and we"re trying to figure out, Well, what can we do? Where can we find a compromise? [...] So it"s very disappointing to us, but we"re going to stand by principle. We believe this is about jobs, not about tax cuts for the wealthy. [...] MATTHEWS: You know, the people watching this might get the idea that this is for real, Congressman Kingston, but the fact is, we all know the Senate holds the veto card. The Republicans in the Senate can say, You"re not getting the vote, it"s not going to happen until we get the full vote. And I"m going to get to that. These senators--all the Republican senators have put out a statement last night, no vote on anything until you get a vote on a complete tax cut for everybody. Is that your position as a party? KINGSTON: Yes. And the reason why, Chris, is because--and number one, I want to point out very emphatically that the White House is working with the Republicans in the Senate on this. And while they might not agree with everything, they do understand this is about jobs. And 750,000 of those people in that category are small businesses. These are sheet rock contractors and masonry people, people who sometimes work out of their house, sometimes work out of the back of a pickup truck. They have three or four employees, sometimes 15 employees. But we don"t want to increase their taxes. This is about jobs, and that"s why we"re making a line in the sand about it." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Jack Kingston, pledge to the taxpayers of the 1st district of the state of Georgia 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)
  • Jack Kingston. Video: ICYMI: Congressman Jack Kingston debates debt limit with Rev. Al Sharpton. 8 July 2012. "Initially when the Bush Tax cuts went in, there was more revenue that came as a result of it because the economy boomed [¦] I'm a fair tax guy and I believe if we don't have the fair tax we should have a flat tax." (youtu.be)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Kingston. A Plan for Checks and Balances. 5 November 2011. "Over the past few weeks I have shared the Republican plan moving forward, 'A Pledge to America'. This document will serve as our promise for a government that is smaller, less costly, and more accountable. We are ready to move America forward, to get people back to work, and to stop the out-of-control spending that has put America in the position it is in today. Part of this process is restoring checks and balances to the Congressional process that will put the priorities and rights of the American people at the top. To do this we will: -Fight to ensure transparency and accountability in Congress and throughout government. -Continue to fight the growth of government and oppose new stimulus spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 14 June 2011. "Now, I understand there's a lot of reluctance to make some of these tough decisions. Today in America 61 million people receive monthly government checks. That's anything from welfare to Medicare to farm payments to veteran retirement to Social Security--lots of people receiving lots of money. These programs are enormously popular, and they're deeply integrated into our economic system and culture. Therefore, reforming these programs is very, very difficult. And to further complicate things, 47 percent of American households do not pay income taxes. For them the status quo is working just fine. So addressing these things is very difficult. And if you look at the spending pattern in the last several years, it's frightening: March, 2008, $29 billion to bail out Bear Stearns; May of 2008, a $168 billion stimulus package from the Bush administration; in July of 2008, $200 billion to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; then in November of 2008, $700 billion for TARP, or the Wall Street bailout; and then in January of 2009, $878 billion for the Obama stimulus program, which, by the way, Madam Chair, was to keep us from getting to 8 percent unemployment. Now, we're hovering between 9 and 10 percent, and I don't need to remind you but this is the 1-year anniversary of the 'summer of recovery.' There has not been any recovery. We're still looking for those jobs. Spending our way into prosperity does not work. If it did work, we would be having prosperous times right now." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. 23 May 2011. "America is at a crossroads. For every dollar the Federal government spends, 42 cents is borrowed. The gross national debt is now 97 percent of GDP and we are rapidly becoming the next Greece, Spain, or Portugal. Internationally, this weakens our standing as a global leader and our lenders such as China may seek to restructure our debt if we don't take care of it ourselves. Domestically, it hurts job creation, smothers the private sector and erodes some of our basic personal freedoms." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Blog: Budget Agreement Reach. 9 April 2011. "Late last night, an agreement was reached to avoid a government shutdown and ensure our troops and their families will see no interruption in their pay. In doing so, we will save $79 billion from the President's budget and have moved the ball down the field and closer to the goal line which is to reduce spending and change the direction of our country. To be clear, the fight does not stop here. In fact, it has just begun. We will continue to fight for fundamental reforms like those contained in Paul Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" budget proposal, for fundamental tax reform and for easing the regulatory burden on our job creators. [...] This agreement is not perfect but it is important step to advance our work in the larger fights ahead. I will keep fighting for deeper cuts in spending, the full repeal of ObamaCare and for a government that lives within its means and the boundaries set out in the U.S. Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments 2011. 1 March 2011. "I just want to say that I don't think that Mr. Zandi has any more credibility. We have already spent $800 billion on his advice that the stimulus program would work, and it did not work. Number two, why are we here? We are here because the Democrats last year did not pass a budget, did not pass appropriation bills, and did not complete their work on fiscal year 2011. That's what we're doing. We are trying to clean up the mess that was left to us. And in doing that, we are mindful of our financial situation and trying to reduce some of the spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: Economy. 11 July 2011. "One of the foremost concerns right now in America is how and when our ailing economy will get back on the right path. The pattern of continual spending is a serious concern and will be a direct inheritance of our children and grandchildren. I have voted against all bailout attempts, including the Stimulus bill and TARP, or the Troubled Asset Relief Program. I will continue to oppose these programs until the House considers a package that sets attainable goals, creates jobs, and maintains fiscal responsibility. One common goal that must be shared between both parties to pull out of the current depression is job creation. Without jobs our national debt will continue to mount and our economy will stay in a recession. I have cosponsored the Economic Recovery and Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2009 for these reasons. This Act would provide incentive-based relief to job creators and would reduce the amount of taxes levied on middle-class families. Fewer taxes would mean more savings for consumers, and in a time of economic crisis this ideology could not be more pragmatic." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 11 July 2011. "I have always been a strong fiscal conservative, and I have been a vocal opponent of the most costly bills of the past few years including TARP, the Obama Stimulus, the Bush Stimulus, Cap and Trade, and ObamaCare. Additionally, when I served as Chairman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, I was the only chairman to cut spending in my bill. I believe that commitment to conservative government spending is a key element to a successful independent nation and I fear where the current administration's lack of attention to this principle may lead us." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Kingston Votes No on Another Public Sector Bailout. 10 August 2010. "I have news for Speaker Pelosi and the Obama Administration, if you transfer a huge debt on your American Express card to your Visa card, you haven't paid for anything," Congressman Kingston continued. "For every dollar we spend, forty-one cents is borrowed. Which is the case today, it's all about money. Now, we could be up here looking at Medicare and Social Security as the trustees report just came back and said they are both going broke. Instead it's another bailout and another promise of governmental utopia. If we just bailout this one class group jobs will return, the deficit will be balanced, and there will be peace from sea to shining sea. It's not going to work. This is a bailout congress. It's government by bailout. It's government by borrowed money and our children's children will be paying for this." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" - Transcript. 1 December 2010. "MATTHEWS: Well, let me ask you, Congressman Kingston, are you willing to go Christmas break or holiday break at the end of the year without having gotten a tax cut for everybody? Would you be willing to face recess, just walk away and say, If we can"t get the tax cuts for everybody, we"re walking? Are you willing to take that position? KINGSTON: Yes. And I think we will come back on December 26th or whatever it takes to try to turn this economy around. You know, Chris, the reason why we"re here is because of the failed Obama/Pelosi economic plans, a stimulus bill of $800 billion that left us with 15 million people unemployed. You know, to paraphrase the name of a very popular TV show, this is the town of hardball." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010. 2 December 2010. "We also know that the economic policies of the Speaker and the President have failed. When the stimulus bill was passed, unemployment was about 7.6 percent. We were told this would keep it from going to 8 percent. But here we are now with unemployment at nearly 10 percent--15 million people out of work--and we're hearing again from the Democrats that this is what we need to do to turn the economy around. I believe the American people spoke on that squarely. And I think the statistics show, with a 10 percent unemployment rate, it's not going to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?" Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Other or expanded principles: "Veterans Benefits"
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Jack Kingston a rating of 98 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Kingston. American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 27 January 2009. " But as we look at the stimulus package, I don't think this is quite what he had in mind. Only 7 percent of the appropriation goes to shovel-ready projects, only 13 percent in general goes to public works-type projects. At that rate it spends $275,000 per job, and the household income for America is about $50,000. This is not bold enough in terms of job creation for the targeted 3 to 4 million jobs. [...] This changes our $400 million loan program to extend broadband, changes it to a $2.8 billion grant program, thus creating one of the largest corporate welfare elements that's out there--and I don't know how that creates jobs--and $23 million for the Inspector General for audits, and how does that create jobs. There are better ways. We should reduce unfunded mandates, we should increase the public works, we should have more tax cuts for small business, we should implement the SAFE Act, and we should reward responsible behavior." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 14 June 2011. "I also think we need fundamental tax reform because I know one of the things that some on the committee have talked about are some of the tax loopholes taken advantage of by certain companies. I agree with them. That's why I support the Fair Tax, which is a consumption tax. It would actually give a tax credit to the poor so that it does not disproportionately hurt them, but it would close all the loopholes. That would be something else that we could do that would create jobs in America. Finally, the excessive bureaucratic regulations that our farmers and small businesses have to put up with is killing job creation. If we want to do something to help people get off dependency and get to independency, we need to decrease the size of government. This bill moves us in that direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Georgia's Republican Delegation Calls for Long-Term Economic Stiulus Plan. 29 January 2008. "Georgia's House Republicans today joined together to oppose spending $150 billion of borrowed money, preferring Congress to instead focus on long term economic growth measures. The measure passed 385-35, with one "present," and now goes to the Senate, where senators have vowed to tack on even more spending. Georgia's Republican House members, known as the G7, said the following [...] How many times have you heard a politician say, 'If you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime.' This 'stimulus' does nothing but give fish. If we want to create jobs, we need investment tax credits. This package gets an 'A+' for politics and an 'F' for economics and jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: Economy. 11 July 2011. "One of the foremost concerns right now in America is how and when our ailing economy will get back on the right path. The pattern of continual spending is a serious concern and will be a direct inheritance of our children and grandchildren. I have voted against all bailout attempts, including the Stimulus bill and TARP, or the Troubled Asset Relief Program. I will continue to oppose these programs until the House considers a package that sets attainable goals, creates jobs, and maintains fiscal responsibility. One common goal that must be shared between both parties to pull out of the current depression is job creation. Without jobs our national debt will continue to mount and our economy will stay in a recession. I have cosponsored the Economic Recovery and Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2009 for these reasons. This Act would provide incentive-based relief to job creators and would reduce the amount of taxes levied on middle-class families. Fewer taxes would mean more savings for consumers, and in a time of economic crisis this ideology could not be more pragmatic." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Job Report Shows Glimmer of Hope. 4 March 2011. "It certainly is no time to pop the champagne but this jobs report provides encouragement. My focus remains on putting Georgians back to work by creating a pro-job creation environment. By keeping government out of the way of economic growth, we can empower small businesses to succeed and get our economy back on its feet. [...] The news comes just a day after Kingston voted in favor of repealing the burdensome 1099 tax-reporting requirement contained in the health care law enacted last year. Without action, all businesses will be required to report to the Internal Revenue Service every vendor from whom they purchase more than $600 worth of good in a year. "Small businesses are the economic engine of this country and the key to our recovery," Kingston said. "The health care law was enough of a burden on them without bogging them down in new reporting requirements. I urge President Obama to step in immediately to shield them from this job-killing regulation." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Kingston Opposes Obama Tax Deal. 17 December 2010. "Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) rejected last night the hodgepodge of tax cuts, subsidies, and unemployment benefits negotiated by President Obama and Senate Republicans. "This tax package is the type of "inside the beltway' deal that the American people cannot stand," said Kingston. "It adds to the deficit and, for the price, it won't bring about the job creation we need. It extends unemployment benefits without paying for them and, as always, is full of special interest loopholes for everything from ethanol to NASCAR to Puerto Rican rum. [...] While Kingston opposes the package in its current form, he supports a long-term extension of the tax cuts which are set to expire on January 1. "History has shown lower taxes create economic growth but a mere a two year extension will not bring the long-term growth we need," Kingston said. "The business community needs certainty and, without it, investment dollars will remain on the sideline. Moreover, the fact that the payroll tax credit does not go to the employer means it will not make it cheaper to hire or create new jobs. This is a lost opportunity and a misguided use of the tax code." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Letter to Barrack Obama, President of the United States of America. 29 January 2009. "Thank you for taking the time to meet with the Republican Conference to discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. We agree that a bipartisan solution is the best way forward with a stimulus package of this size and gravity. This is an achievable goal. There are a number policies in this bill upon which we agree; however, major concerns regarding this legislation remain. As you know, the version passed in the House had minimal Republican input. Over 200 amendments were offered and only 11, most of which made minor changes, were ruled in order. In addition, the substantial growth of social government programs are not the type of job creation spending Americans envisioned. Here are some ideas which I hope you will consider promoting as the bill moves through the legislative process. Taxes: The inclusion of tax breaks in the measure is critical, but many could be directed in a manner that would be more beneficial to job creators and middle class families." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. May Job Report: Unemployment Increases as Hiring Slows. 3 June 2011. "The jobless rate in this country is unacceptable," said Kingston. "At what point will President Obama and Senate Democrats abandon their failed economic policies and engage in a meaningful agenda to put Americans back to work? If government spending were the answer, we would be on easy street. It is not and, in fact, spending is part of the problem. Let's roll up our sleeves and work on real solutions to empower job creators to do what they do best: grow the economy. [...] The blueprint would provide for tax simplification and a 25 percent cap on the federal tax rate for businesses and individuals." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Twice the Jobs Half the Cost. 11 February 2009. "Mr. Speaker, several weeks ago, when the Democrats shut the Republican Party out of negotiations and from having any input on this alleged stimulus package, the big spending package, $836 billion, the Republicans had their own set of hearings. They were open to the public and open to Democrats. The result of the Republican Working Committee, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, was a plan, an alternative, that created twice the jobs at half the cost. Now, just roughly, the Democrat proposal creates 3.7 million jobs at a cost of $830 billion. The Republican plan creates 6 million jobs--over 6 million, in fact--at a cost of just less than $400 billion. Tax breaks that are targeted at job creation, tax breaks that are targeted for small businesses, tax breaks for people who are unemployed so they would not have to pay taxes on their unemployment insurance, these are things that we need. Twice the jobs, half the cost." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action. Other or expanded principles: "Help people who are moving from welfare to work w/ transportation and child care needs"
  • Jack Kingston. Facebook: GOP Jobs Plan. 6 August 2012. "Increase American competitiveness to spur investment and create more American jobs by streamlining the tax code and lowering the tax rate for businesses and individuals including small business owners to no more than 25%." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred 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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  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: Education. 6 August 2012. "States and local governments have a better understanding of the demographics, unique challenges, and rate of improvement for individual school systems. When it comes to a child's education, decisions should be left to those who know best how to make them: parents, local school districts, and states." (kingston.house.gov)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12). Other or expanded principles: "Increase teacher pay"
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Jack Kingston. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12). Other or expanded principles: "Increase teacher pay"
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Jack Kingston. Newsmax - Rep. Kingston: Good Chance GOP Retakes House. 15 April 2010. "He (Kingston) also opposes the "too big to fail" doctrine regarding big banks, because when these banks are protected, community banks -- "the lifeline of jobs in small towns all across America" -- can't compete with them. And he insists the United States needs to commit to energy independence, "which is a national security issue." The government should encourage drilling for oil offshore and in Alaska, and promote solar power, wind power, natural gas and nuclear energy, he (Kingston) says, adding: "We have it all at our fingertips to become energy independent. We just don't have that commitment." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Letter to President George W. Bush, Kingston Secures Veto-Sustaining Majority in Support of Offshore Drilling. 22 September 2008. "When the President lifted the executive ban on offshore drilling earlier this year he put the ball squarely in Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid's court," said Congressman Kingston. "Yet they have refused to help bring down the price at the pump by opening American resources. This ban was instituted in the eighties when the cassette tapes were cutting edge technology. We're now in the era of the iPod and it's time to update our energy policy to fit the times. We can open offshore drilling in an environmentally sensitive and safe way." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 6515, Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands Act of 2008. 17 July 2008. "We've got to do three things on our energy crisis: we have to have conservation, we have to have innovation, and we have to have exploration. It's that simple. But you have got to explore where their actually is oil. I concur with the gentleman from Texas. This is good because the Democrats are admitting that we have to open up more lands. So we're going to pass this bill. Nothing is going to happen to the price at the pump. It's not going to be affected by this because it's basically current law, but I'm glad that you guys are slowly, reluctantly entering into the debate of drilling because we believe that in an environmentally safe fashion, you can drill in Alaska, and you can drill offshore." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Tapping Oil Reserves Confirms High Gas Prices Due to Supply. 23 June 2011. "Last month, the Kingston votes for three separate bills to roll back the Obama Administration's de facto moratorium on offshore American energy production. Not only would those bill increase the supply of American-made energy, it is estimated they would help create 1.2 million jobs according to Louisiana State University Economist Dr. Joseph Mason. "It's time for the Obama Administration to get out of the way so we can let our economy move forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Blog: Increase American Energy Production, Bring Down Gas Prices. 6 May 2011. "I support an all-of-the-above approach to our energy policy. That starts with producing more American-made energy. [¦] Next week, the House will consider two more measures to increase offshore oil production by lifting the Obama Administration's de facto drilling moratorium and requiring the Administration to move forward on American energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources. With the cooperation of the White House and the Democrat-controlled Senate, we can put thousands of Americans back to work while bringing down gas prices." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ 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)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Jack Kingston. The Energy Situation Requires a Three-Legged Stool. 15 July 2008. "Mr. Speaker, it's interesting to hear the Democrats flail around for reasons that they won't put energy issues on the floor. I agree with the preceding speaker. Let's talk about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Let's talk about offshore drilling. We haven't moved a single appropriation bill because of the fear that we may have an amendment on offshore drilling. Now the President has lifted his ban, and what we hear from the Democrats is it will take 10 years, it will take 20 years. It means two things: number one, they agree there's oil out there; number two, there's a discussion about how long it will take. But my question to them is where are your electric cars? Where are your hybrids that suddenly are going to save us? Those are also going to be 10 years down the road. We need to put it all on the table. We need to look at conservation, we need to look at alternative energy, and we need to drill. It is that simple. You have got to have a three-legged stool to answer the energy situation. And I don't know why the Speaker of the House is afraid to put it on the floor. That is right. There will not be a debate on it because the Democrats are afraid to put it on the floor." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, Georgia Republicans Call for Sensible OCS Drilling Plan. 12 September 2008. "Georgia and all coastal states should be given the option to open our offshore American resources," Congressman Kingston said, "and we should be able to operate on the same playing field as other states. Not only will it promote our energy independence but royalty revenues like these could be helpful in offsetting the price of children's health care and speeding the development of alternative energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Kingston: President's Announcement a Step in the Right Direction. 14 July 2008. "Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA-1) today praised the President's announcement that he intends to lift the executive ban on offshore drilling. "This is exactly what our nation needs right now," said Congressman Kingston. "While we cannot drill our way out of the energy crisis, today's announcement is the first step to realizing our fuel independence. America remains the only nation in the world to restrict its domestic energy supply and the President has put the ball in Congress' court. Opening these resources to safe and environmentally sensitive drilling will send a clear message that America will not longer be jerked around by the world's energy producers." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 16 June 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I want to start off by saying, if this was a serious amendment, if this was a serious proposal--we have had 25 hours of debate--it would have been out on the House floor, and we could have taken a look at it. But let me say this: Very importantly, there is absolutely nothing in this bill that prohibits the CFTC from looking at oil speculation as it respects the supply or the cost of oil. [...] Think about this. The President recently went down to Brazil and he told them, hey, we understand you're going to drill offshore. We encourage you to do so. We want to lend you the money, and we want to become your best customers. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I've got news for the President. I've got news for the Democrats. American technology and American engineers do not need to hold second place to Brazil or any other country in the world. We are America. We need to have an all-of-the-above energy policy. We do need to look at solar. We do need to look at ethanol. We do need to look at wind. We need to also look at nuclear and fossil fuels, and we need to do it here in the United States of America." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jack Kingston voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Letter to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. 16 June 2010. "We are writing to express our deep disappointment and concern over the EPA's decision in its final PSD Tailoring Rule to depart from the government's consistent past practice of excluding biomass combustion emissions in calculating GHG emissions. This decision contradicts federal precedent regarding the carbon neutrality of biomass combustion and will discourage the responsible development and utilization of renewable biomass that could and should play a more significant role in our nation's energy policy. [...] The decision also contradicts long-standing federal and international precedents. Emissions from the combustion of biomass are not included in the Department of Energy's voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reporting programs, the EPA's greenhouse gas reporting rule, or calculations of international bodies including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the European Union." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Use sound science, not politics, to determine levels of regulation - fair balance"
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action. Other or expanded principles: "Help people who are moving from welfare to work w/ transportation and child care needs"
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Use sound science, not politics, to determine levels of regulation - fair balance"
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Jack Kingston. 10 Actions Congress Can Take Towards Lowering Gas Prices. 6 June 2012. "Prohibit Greenhouse Gas and Tier 3 Gas Regulations. The most effective approach to stopping the federal government's power grab would be to permanently prohibit any federal agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions." (kingston.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Jack Kingston. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Jack Kingston in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jack Kingston a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 11 July 2011. "I am a strong supporter of the right to bear arms and believe that all gun control legislation should be carefully written, researched, and implemented as to not interfere with Constitutional rights. The Second Amendment gives Americans the right to own firearms and as I have always said - guns don't kill people, people kill people. Criminals will attain guns whether they are legal or illegal. Today in Great Britain, handguns and semi-automatic center-fire rifles are completely banned; however, Great Britain's crime rate remains steady. [...] I will continue to fight to preserve our rights as American citizens to own firearms. If you have any future comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me again." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. MSNBC Hardball-Transcript. 17 April 2007. "MATTHEWS: Congressman, do you think gun control is going to happen in this Congress? KINGSTON: I don't think it will. MATTHEWS: Do you think it's going to be part of the presidential debate as we go into 2008 KINGSTON: I think it will, think it will be part of the debate. But, you know, it's interesting. In the statements issued by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, they did not talk about the need for further gun control at all. MATTHEWS: Why do you think they avoided that, even though you know that they have an interest in that area? KINGSTON: Well, you know, interestingly in the countries that have had stricter gun control, three specifically, Ireland, Great Britain, and in Australia, which have implemented those since 1996, it has not brought down the murder rate or the gun crime rate. And, you know, I think, also, if you look at what's happened in places like Paris, Switzerland and Germany, where you have had very, very strict gun control, they still have had random acts similar to this. In Germany, 16 people were killed by a disgruntled student." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Supreme Court Upholds Second Amendment Rights Nation's highest court strikes down gun ban in nation's capitol. 26 June 2008. "The United States Supreme Court today upheld the second amendment rights of every American to posses and use firearms by striking down a 32-year ban on private possession of handguns in Washington, D.C. "This is a victory for homeowners who chose to defend themselves," Congressman Kingston said. "Under current law in the District of Columbia, someone can break into your home and hold you at gunpoint but you're unable to legally defend yourself with a gun. Today's decision strikes down this unusual law and, in doing so, the Court adhered to the Constitution and upheld an individual's right to defense himself." In striking down the District's 32-year old ban on firearms, the court also nullified two provisions which required that rifles and shotguns be at all times kept disassembled or secured with a trigger lock. In the majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, "There seems to us no doubt, on the basis of both text and history, that the Second Amendment conferred an individual right to keep and bear arms." Justice Scalia was joined in the majority by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Jack Kingston. Kingston Praises Missouri Vote Against Obamacare. 4 August 2010. "Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA), who voted against the health care bill and is actively working to repeal and replace it with reforms that reduce the cost of care without growing government, highlighted the vote as the latest example of resounding opposition to the bill. "The Pelosi-Reid-Obama machine may have rolled over the American people when they got this bill through Congress," Kingston said. "But Missouri has shown that the fight is not over. This vote is a clear sign of continued and resounding opposition to Obamacare's takeover of medicine. Congress should abide by the will of the people to repeal this bill and replace it with real reforms that bring down the cost of health care without increasing the role of government in our lives." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Another Judge Rules 'ObamaCare' Unconstitutional. 1 February 2011. "The controversial health care law enacted last year suffered another blow Monday with a second federal judge ruling it unconstitutional. In finding that Congress exceeded its authority by including a mandate for individuals to purchase health insurance, Judge Roger Vinson called for the law to be voided in its entirety. Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA), who earlier this month voted to repeal and replace the law, praised the ruling and called for renewed debate on proposals that would expand access to care without growing the size of government. "I certainly agree with Judge Vinson that it is unconstitutional to force every American to buy a product," said Kingston. "Today it is health care. Tomorrow it will be a certain type of food or clothing. Taking away the freedom of choice impedes a fundamental American right. As this case makes its way to the Supreme Court, Congress needs to debate in earnest better reforms that bring down the cost of care and increase access to affordable and patient-centered care." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Blog: Removing Automatic Funding for ObamaCare. 1 April 2011. "Dear Friends: Tucked within the 2,700 page health care law enacted last year was $105.5 billion in automatic appropriations to exempt the large parts of the law from the annual appropriations process. This week, I joined with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) to remove that funding and to subject the law to the congressional oversight it deserves. Whether or not you support the health law, we should not tie the hands of those elected to represent the people. Funding for ObamaCare should be subject to the same process as the military, farmers, teachers, medical research and the whole host of government programs. It is good government and common sense. Our proposal would remove all future appropriations and subject any funding to the appropriations process as defined by Article I, Section 7 of the United States Constitution. It also cancels planned transfers within government accounts and rescinds unobligated balances for the current and past fiscal year. It is our hope that this legislation will provide another tool to combat ObamaCare." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "By the way, this does create jobs, because the small businesses do not want government-mandated health care; and the folks back home don't want bureaucrats coming in between the doctor-patient relationship, which is what ObamaCare does. Now, we know the nanny state wants full control from cradle to grave, but folks back home don't want it. That's what November was about. So what we're trying to do is finish up the unfinished business of the Pelosi House from last year so that we can move forward on the coming year, FY12. We will continue to have this debate, but we are trying to protect the doctor-patient relationship, not create a doctor-bureaucrat-patient relationship, which ObamaCare does." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 11 July 2011. "I have always been a strong fiscal conservative, and I have been a vocal opponent of the most costly bills of the past few years including TARP, the Obama Stimulus, the Bush Stimulus, Cap and Trade, and ObamaCare. Additionally, when I served as Chairman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, I was the only chairman to cut spending in my bill. I believe that commitment to conservative government spending is a key element to a successful independent nation and I fear where the current administration's lack of attention to this principle may lead us." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: Health Care. 12 July 2011. "While I support reforming America's health care system, Public Law 111-148, "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," created a massive new bureaucracy without addressing the underlying problems plaguing our health care system. Instead, the law moves us towards higher taxes, less choice, increased consumer costs, and the beginnings of a bureaucratic wall between doctors and patients. To read more about my concerns regarding H.R. 3590 click here. I support repealing this law and replacing it with effective reforms that make health care in this country more affordable, accessible and patient-centered without growing the size of government." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Kingston Joins Effort To Repeal Controversial Bill. 23 March 2010. "As President Obama signs a controversial health bill into law, Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) is joining the effort to repeal it. "It took 2,310 pages to buy enough votes to force through her government takeover of medicine but this bill expresses the will of the American people in just one. From drug companies to unions and the AARP, special interests brokered enough deals for passage to leverage their short-term profits against our children's future. Social programs and entitlements that won't be there tomorrow for future generations will have to be paid for by them today. Never has such a well-financed minority thrust such a burden on the American people against its own will." The legislation cosponsored by Kingston would repeal one passed by House Democrats on a rare, late-night weekend session. It passed 219-212 largely on a party line vote with 34 Democrats joining House Republicans in opposition." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Kingston Marks First Anniversary of Obamacare. 21 March 2011. "Our worst fears about ObamaCare are being realized," said Kingston. "From its job-killing regulations to the unsustainable growth in health care costs, the bill is so flawed that the Obama Administration has issued more than 1,000 waivers from its own legislation! ObamaCare is the wrong prescription for our health care system because it ignores the underlying problems with the system. We can and should do better. Let's abandon this failed plan by repealing and replacing it with real reforms that bring down the cost of care without growing the size of government." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Letter To Thurbert Baker, State Attorney General, Georgia. 25 March 2011. "As you know, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R.3590) was signed into law by the President of the United States on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Once fully implemented, this law will restrict the economic freedom of every single Georgian and may irreparably harm the safety and security of our health care system and, indeed, our country. We, the undersigned, have concerns that multiple portions of the legislation will cause undue hardship on the citizens of Georgia and may be an unconstitutional expansion of Federal powers to require Georgians to purchase a commercial product under penalty of law. Governor Perdue, in his March 22nd letter to you, requested that you "institute and prosecute in the name of the State litigation challenging the Act on all possible grounds…" Therefore, we urge you to uphold your constitutional responsibilities to the State and people of Georgia by fulfilling the Governor's request to use all of the resources of your office to challenge this Act and its impact on our citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Newsmax - Rep. Kingston: Good Chance GOP Retakes House. 15 April 2010. "Rep. Jack Kingston tells Newsmax that he is "cautiously optimistic" that Republicans can regain a majority in the House in the November elections -- and if they do they should make repeal of Obamacare their top priority." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues. Other or expanded principles: "Allow people to buy less expensive medications in Canada"
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
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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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Jack Kingston in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Jack Kingston in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: Controling the Nation's Borders. 11 July 2011. "Illegal immigration is a very serious problem and there is no quick fix to defuse the current crisis. The issue is complicated in Congress by geo-specific problems where Border States want the border controlled immediately, while agriculture-heavy states like Georgia want to ensure that there is a steady supply of available labor. I believe that any immigration reform package should include increased border security, a temporary work visa system, tamper-proof, biometric identification cards, employer sanctions for violations and access to positive identification technology. While the challenges to address this issue are clear, it is time for America to secure its borders first and develop a non-amnesty temporary worker program. I am an active member of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, and am working to find commonsense solutions to help control our nation's borders to prevent illegal immigration and criminal activity. For the my most recent actions on this front, please check out his immigration reform section on my blog." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: Immigration. 11 July 2011. "Illegal immigration is a very serious problem and there is no quick fix to defuse the current crisis. Any immigration reform package should include increased border security, a temporary work visa system, tamper-proof biometric identification cards, and increased sanctions for employers of illegals. While the challenges to address this issue are clear, it is time for America to secure its borders first while also improving our current temporary worker programs. Finally, there should be no amnesty for any individual who has crossed the border illegally." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Lame Duck Session. 12 November 2010. "Controversial legislation needs to come to a halt, and not have any action taken until the new Congress starts in 2011. With the record of the Democratic leadership, this is unfortunately not something that we foresee happening. So far there have been rumblings that the Democratic leadership will try to revisit several unpopular legislative issues: -The hugely unpopular Cap and Trade energy bill. -The Employee Free Choice Act also known as "card check". -The DREAM Act, which would grant amnesty to illegal aliens who entered the US under the age of 15 and have been in the country for five years and graduated from high school." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Securing Out Borders. 27 August 2010. "Another cause for concern was a draft government memo recently uncovered showing that the administration is considering its options to bypass Congress and implement, 'a non-legislative version of amnesty.' Addressed to Alejandro Mayorkas, the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services which is charged with enforcing the nation's immigration laws, the memo was written by four agency staffers. It outlines steps the agency could take to "reduce the threat of removal" for illegal immigrants -- steps that would amount to backdoor amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Expediate migration for those who have sponsors and jobs to support them"
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Jack Kingston. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Kingston Opposes Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". 27 May 2010. "While military leaders urged Congress to wait until the Department of Defense concluded a review on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," House Democrats moved to strike the long standing policy which governs homosexuals serving in the military. [...] The proposed change will be voted on in the form of an amendment to a much larger bill that dictates national defense policy. In total, the amendment was allotted just ten minutes for debate -- just five minutes for Democrats and five minutes for Republicans. Kingston believes such a short amount of time does not give lawmakers time to fully examine the issue which was codified in 1993 both by law and by executive order. For instance, there is no consideration of the law's impact on the Defense of Marriage Act, the law of the land, which states that the federal government defines marriage as a legal union exclusively between one man and one woman. With homosexuals serving openly in the military, Kingston contends, there would be no option but to recognize a man's husband or a woman's wife and to provide spousal benefits thus contradicting the federal law. Moreover, Kingston worries that a change in the policy would lead to further acts of censorship and a clamp down against religious freedom." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "Mr. Speaker, in 1996, the United States Congress passed DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act, and the idea behind that was that marriage would be recognized in this Nation as the union of one man and one woman. It was not the first time that the United States Congress had gotten involved in the definition of marriage. Indeed, Mr. Lungren had reminded us earlier today that the State of Utah and Arizona and I believe one other Western State, in order to join the Union, needed to define in their State constitution marriage as a union between one man and one woman in order to become States in the United States. But unfortunately, since 1986, activist courts have eroded the intent of Congress, and so we come today on the House floor with H.J. Res. 88, which reads: 'Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.' The purpose of this is to say that no governmental entity, legislative, executive or judicial, shall be allowed to alter the definition of marriage from one man and one woman, and it also prevents Federal courts from construing the Constitution or a State constitution to change that definition as well. This, indeed, is the desire of the American people at this point. A recent poll shows that 69 percent of Americans strongly agree that marriage should exist between one man and one woman. The State Constitution amendments on the States that have passed them, which now numbers 45, average by passing 71.5 percent. Forty-five States, Mr. Speaker, have enacted laws about this." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "Mr. Speaker, the Marriage Protection Amendment would not prevent any State from enacting civil union laws, but would protect marriage in all 50 States. Recently, I went to a friend, Mr. Sage Brown, who is a distinguished attorney and civil rights leader in Savannah, Georgia. Indeed, he is featured at the Gilbert Civil Rights Museum as a man who was on the frontlines of integration and did so much for the African American community. I asked him, Is this a civil rights-type issue, to which he said no, the relationship of marriage is the most sacred building block of our society. Marriage is sacred and protected and has nothing to do with violating our civil rights. If we change the definition of marriage to be more inclusive, then is it logical to argue that we should broaden the definition so we do not exclude anybody? If marriage violated the civil rights of two men or two women who wanted to be married to each other, then it would also violate the civil rights of a polygamist, somebody else who wants to have a different marriage than that between a man and a woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Jack Kingston voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Jack Kingston voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jack Kingston voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 9 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (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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  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: War on Terror. 11 July 2011. "While we have had extraordinary military successes in Afghanistan and Iraq, our forces still face many challenges ahead in the global war on terrorism. Military leaders have acknowledged that rooting out small networks of destruction around the globe will likely take some time. Continued efforts to secure stability in these struggling nations is just as critical to U.S. security as eliminating all remaining havens for threats to the U.S. worldwide." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. War Supplemental is Bad Politics, Bad Policy. 21 March 2007. "If you believe there is a U.S. interest and you think, what would happen with the U.S. out of Iraq suddenly? There would be chaos, there would be civil war, and it is quite likely that the second largest oil-producing nation in the world would fall into the hands of anti-American, anti-Western terrorists and become a nation state of terrorists, a haven for more terrorists. I don't know of anybody in the Congress that thinks it is a good idea to ignore terrorism the way we did prior to 9/11, when the two embassies were attacked in Africa, when the USS Cole was attacked in Yemen, and when the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center happened. We are not going to let that happen again. We understand that you just can't ignore terrorism, that you have to be engaged with it." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Kingston Marks 10th Anniversary of September 11th Attacks. 9 September 2011. "As we observe the ten year anniversary of 9/11, we should remember those that lost their life on that infamous day, but also the others who have died and sacrificed so much on the global war on terrorism. In their memory and for future generations, we need to be vigilant, prepared and engaged in world affairs." (kingston.house.gov)
Yes 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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  • Jack Kingston. Considering All Plans for Saving Social Security. 9 February 2005. "Now, what the President has said is that if you take that 12.4 percent and you take 2 percent of it and put it into a personal investment account similar to the Thrift Savings Account that most Members of Congress have, and I know there are a lot of Democrats, probably all the Democrats have it, I know probably all the Republicans have it, but if you let people have plans like that, that it would out-perform their Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Issue Position: Retirement Security. 12 July 2011. "Realizing that raising taxes or cutting benefits is difficult, I've supported voluntary personal accounts. These accountants would operate like the "Thrift Savings Plan", which all members of Congress and federal government employees have. The accounts would be professionally managed with employees choosing between 5 different investment options. Employees who chose to participate could not draw their money out until they retire. The return on the Thrift Savings Plan has been between 6.9% and 11% in the last 10 years where social security returns for today's workers is less than 1%." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Jack Kingston supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 30 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Jack Kingston. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Jack Kingston. Video: Congressma Kingston Talks Debt Reduction on Fox Business Happy Hour. 9 February 2010. "I think we should go back to Social Security, take it off budget, dedicate the funds, put personalized accounts on it [¦]" (youtu.be)

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Congressional Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
Budgetary Priorities
Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Agricultural
Maintain Funding Statusb) Arts
Maintain Funding Statusc) Defense
Maintain Funding Statusd) Education
Maintain Funding Statuse) Environmental
Maintain Funding Statusf) International Aid
Maintain Funding Statusg) Law Enforcement
Maintain Funding Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Funding Statusi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Maintain Funding Statusk) Public Health Services
Maintain Funding Statusl) Scientific Research
Maintain Funding Statusm) Terrorism Prevention
Maintain Funding Statusn) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statuso) Welfare
Maintain Funding Statusp) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number per category.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Covert intelligence operations
Maintain Funding Statusc) Military hardware
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase Fundinge) National Missile Defense Program
Maintain Funding Statusf) Programs to improve military retention rates
Slightly Decrease Fundingg) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Troop and equipment readiness
i) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax.
Income Taxes - Family Income
Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Maintain Statusb) $25,000 - $75,000
Greatly Decreasec) $75,000 - $150,000
Greatly Decreased) Over $150,000
Greatly Decreasee) Other or expanded categories
Income Taxes - Retiree Income
Greatly Decreasef) Over $40, 000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Greatly Decreasea) Charitable deductions
Greatly Decreaseb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Greatly Decreased) Child tax credit
Maintain Statuse) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusf) Student loan tax credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
No2) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No3) Would you use Social Security surpluses to balance the budget?
4) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform issues.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
e) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
f) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
Xg) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
h) Remove all contribution limits to federal candidates and parties.
Xi) Require congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
Xj) Require that unions give members the option of not having membership dues used for political purposes.
Nok) Support the federal government mandate that creates national voting system standards.
Undecidedl) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms that members of Congress can serve?
Undecidedm) Do you support voting on-line?
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Increase funding for community policing programs.
Xg) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xk) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
b) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
d) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
h) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xi) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
Xj) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xk) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
e) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
f) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
g) Increase the federal minimum wage.
h) Considering race and gender in government contracting decisions is appropriate for the federal government.
i) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
j) Continue federal affirmative action programs.
k) Discontinue federal affirmative action programs.
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
Xe) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Provide tax credits for state and local bonds to preserve open spaces, build parks, improve water quality and redevelop brownfields.
i) Support the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act prohibiting commercial logging in our national forests.
Xj) Provide states and local communities with more flexibility to address their respective environmental problems.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

I support the 2nd ammendment.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xg) Increase research funding of the human genome to find cures for diseases such as cancer, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
Xh) Increase federal funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
Xi) Prohibit the procedure of cloning human embryos.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
c) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
d) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
Xe) Establish English as the official U.S. language.
f) Collect fingerprint data from all U.S. visa applicants which would be accessible to all federal immigration-related agencies.
g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S.
h) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U. S. economic assistance.
a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
c) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
d) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
f) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
a) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
b) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
c) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
d) The U.S. should support the formation of a Palestinian state.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
Xa) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
Xb) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
d) Other or expanded principles
No3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Yes4) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes5) Should the U.S. increase its financial support to Colombia for the "war on drugs?"
Yes6) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
Yes7) Do you support the recent withdrawal of the U.S. from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty in order to deploy a national missile defense system?
Yes8) Should the U.S. hold nations accountable for terrorists who operate from their country?
9) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Undecided3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Undecided4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) trading status with the United States? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
Yes6) Should the President have "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade agreements?
Yes7) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
8) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yes1. Do you support the President using military tribunals to try terrorist suspects when the President deems ordinary civil courts to be inappropriate or impractical?
Yes2. Should the U.S. adopt higher qualification rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
No3. Should law enforcement agencies be granted greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Undecided4. Should federal law enforcement agencies share intelligence data with local law enforcement agencies?
Yes5. Should the federal government provide states with funding for homeland security?
6. Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) The federal government should invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
Xf) Support a "lock box" measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.
Xa) Continue the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
Xc) Regulation of the Internet should not be controlled by the federal government.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
Xa) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
b) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to defray the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
e) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
Xf) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
Xg) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
Xh) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
Xi) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
j) Provide states with additional funding for Medicaid programs to alleviate increasing state budget deficits.
k) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional funding needed to implement these priorities.
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