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Robert 'Bobby' C. Scott

Bobby Scott's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Robert 'Bobby' C. Scott
Office: U.S. House (VA) - District 3, Democratic
First Elected: 11/03/1992
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 10, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Divorced
Birth Date: 04/30/1947
Birth Place: Washington, DC
Home City: Newport News, VA
Religion: Episcopalian
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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Scott. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (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 Bobby Scott a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Bobby Scott in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of Peace Action West 63 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the Peace Action 63 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Scott Statement on President Obama's Afghanistan Strategy. 1 December 2009. "President Obama articulated his view that [¦] we need to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. Members of Congress owe it to the American people to give President Obama's plan comparable time and consideration before deciding whether a stable Afghanistan is a reasonably achievable objective and whether or not an escalation of our troop levels is necessary to accomplish that goal." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Bipartisan Group of House Members Call on President Obama to Meaningfully Fulfill Promise of Military Drawdown in Afghanistan. 16 March 2011. "We write to you to express our utmost support for your planned drawdown of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beginning no later than July of this year. We, the undersigned members of Congress, believe the forthcoming reduction in U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan must be significant and sizeable, and executed in an orderly fashion." (lee.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Scott. Letter to the Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. 30 September 2010. "Recently Secretary Gates announced broad plans to reduce costs in the Department of Defense and re-appropriate those savings throughout the Department. As part of this plan, the Secretary announced three longer term projects and eight initiatives that he plans to begin implementing immediately. These eight initiatives have the ability to affect the Department, its ability to effectively fulfill its mission, and the security of the nation. A decision of this magnitude should not be made without careful reflection, supported by rigorous analysis. We have been told by the Department that the Secretary had several meetings and reviewed these decisions carefully. However, it seems clear that this decision did not carefully consider the national defense implications of such a change, nor is the decision substantiated with any sort of calculation of the direct and indirect costs to our national defense structure. In addition, no information has been provided by the Department to demonstrate any level of analysis, either financial or strategic, to determine what risks are being introduced into our national security strategy and how we are to mitigate these new risks." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Seung Min Kim. Politico: Defense cuts could mean trouble at home for lawmakers. 3 June 2012. The defense sequester would be so devastating to the defense of our nation that it is hard to imagine thoughtful legislators actually allowing it to happen," said Scott, who wants to erase the sequester by ending some Bush-era tax cuts. "We've heard from the Department of Defense and certainly anybody from Hampton Roads. It is just absolutely absurd to allow that to happen because of what it does to our national defense and to our local economy." (www.politico.com)
  • Robert Scott. Scott Statement on FY 2013 Defense Budget. 26 January 2012. "However, I am concerned with the Secretary's announcement that the President will request a Base Realignment and Closure process so that the Defense Department can meet the spending caps enacted in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Unfortunately, these cuts are a predictable consequence of passing and extending unaffordable tax cuts. Budgeting is about making difficult choices. If we want to continue to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, we will have to pay for them with cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and other vital functions of government, including defense. If we choose to end these tax cuts, it is unlikely that a new round of base closings or any of these other cuts would be necessary." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Report: If Sequestration is Triggered, Virginia Could Lose Thousands of Defense Jobs. 13 March 2012. "Aerospace and Defense supports 113,434 jobs in Virginia. Under defense budget 'sequestration,' 122,900 jobs will be lost in Virginia. The bottom line is this: If sequestration is triggered, it will cripple our defense industrial base and the losses will be felt across the U.S. economy. I have long said that drastic defense budget cuts risk a weakening of the pillars of America: trade, jobs, innovation, and the American way of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Daily Press: Scott: Debt deal is a bad one. 6 August 2011. "Since their original enactment in 2001, I have advocated for allowing all the Bush-era tax cuts to expire, which will produce about as much deficit reduction as the enactment of all the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles Fiscal Commission." (articles.dailypress.com)
Yes 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

  • Robert Scott. Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. 16 December 2010. "If we don't have the political will to end the disastrous Bush-era tax cuts now, we certainly won't have that political will during the middle of a Presidential election. The job creation in this bill is paltry--$400,000 a job. We can do better than that." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Scott Statement on FY 2013 Defense Budget. 26 January 2012. "However, I am concerned with the Secretary's announcement that the President will request a Base Realignment and Closure process so that the Defense Department can meet the spending caps enacted in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Unfortunately, these cuts are a predictable consequence of passing and extending unaffordable tax cuts. Budgeting is about making difficult choices. If we want to continue to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, we will have to pay for them with cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and other vital functions of government, including defense. If we choose to end these tax cuts, it is unlikely that a new round of base closings or any of these other cuts would be necessary." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013. 28 March 2012. "The CBC budget extends the Bush-era tax cuts only for hardworking middle class American families but pays for this extension through tax reform by closing corporate loopholes and giveaways, deterring aggressive speculation in the stock market--the speculation that helped create the 2008 fiscal crisis and the recent gas price increase--and we ensure that millionaires who benefited most from income growth, tax cuts, and bailouts in the last decade contribute their fair share." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Letter to Chairman Hensarling and Chairwoman Murray, Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 8 November 2011. "As you work to craft a comprehensive deficit reduction plan, we believe you should incorporate reasonable spending cuts and ask the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations to pay their fair share. However, we understand through media reports and talking to our colleagues that revenue options remain the largest challenge in your negotiations to obtain significant deficit reduction. We believe we have a viable revenue option that deserves serious consideration. S. 1787 / H.R. 3313, the Wall Street Trading and Speculators Tax Act, is forecasted by the Joint Committee on Taxation to raise $353 billion over ten years, and $218 billion in years 6-10 [¦] The tax would also cover all derivative contracts, options, puts, forward contracts, swaps and other complex instruments at their actual cost. The measure excludes debt that has an original term of less than 100 days. The legislation does not harm long-term investing like retirement funds, but instead targets financial trading and complex transactions undertaken by financial and investment firms. Given the extraordinary profitability of Wall Street banks while the rest of the economy is suffering, there is no question that Wall Street can easily bear this modest tax. In fact, while Wall Street lobbyists will express great concern with our proposal, they will not tell you that the European Union is considering a similar proposal, but with a tax rate that is more than three times higher." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Scott. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • 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 Bobby Scott a rating of 7 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Twitter: RepBobbyScott. 15 February 2011. "This afternoon I spoke at a press conference about how Republican spending cuts will hurt working Americans." (twitter.com)
  • Robert Scott. Congressional Black Caucus Alternative 2013 Budget. 26 March 2012. "We invest an additional $50 billion in job creating transportation and infrastructure programs in 2013, alone, and $155 billion above the President's budget over the next decade. [...] We invest $12 billion more in advanced research and development programs like NASA, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation, which will create jobs now and in the future." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Economic Recovery 10 March 2010. "Transportation and infrastructure projects fulfill the three Ts for a successful stimulus plan; they are timely, targeted and temporary. They're timely. We are aiming at programs that are shovel ready, ready to go, no environmental needed, nothing else needed, no architectural anything, ready to go. We are targeted at industries that are most in need. The construction industry in many States has unemployment rates of 25 percent or more. And it's temporary. When you fund a project, when the project is completed, you stop spending the money. When you finish building the school, you don't have to spend any more money. It's not like you would set up a program where you would have to continue paying salaries on and on and on." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Scott. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Matt Laslo. American University Radio: No Child Left Behind: Education Secretary Says He Will Act If Congress Doesn't. 21 June 2011. "Scott sits on the House committee that's charged with reauthorizing the legislation. Besides tight budgets that are hampering schools throughout Virginia, he says No Child Left Behind is often blind to what's happening at the local level. '[For example,] some schools are receiving children way behind, and they do a good job, but the children are still a little behind, and they are designated as failing schools. Other schools aren't doing anything, but the children they receive are ahead, and they don't do anything, and their children still pass and they're given credit,' he says." (wamu.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Congressional Black Caucus Proposes a Fiscally and Socially Responsible Budget. 6 August 2012. "Ensure no child is left behind by fully funding NCLB and providing increased funding for Head Start, IDEA, college access programs and college loan programs ($112 billion more on education, training, employment and social services than the Democratic budget and $158 billion more than the President's budget)." (www.bobbyscott.house.gov)
  • Bobby Scott. Every Student Counts Act. 6 August 2012. "ESCA was first introduced in the 110th Congress by Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Senator Tom Harkin (IA). Both Congressman Scott and Senator Harkin wanted to respond to the nation's worrisome high school graduation rates, which lag behind those of our international economic competitors [¦] The Every Student Counts Act would do the following [¦] A small number of students take longer than four years to graduate. Instead of treating certain students differently for accountability purposes and predetermining when certain students would graduate, the Every Student Counts Act includes a cumulative graduation rate provision. Under this provision, schools, school districts, and states would be given credit for graduating students who may take longer than the typical four years when they graduate with a regular diploma. Providing for a cumulative rate also provides incentives for schools, districts, and states to create programs to serve students who have already dropped out and are over-age or under credited. The bill also maintains the primacy of graduating all students in four years by requiring that at least 90 percent of all graduates be four-year graduates." (www.bobbyscott.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Letter to Interior Secretary Salazar. 8 February 2012. "On behalf of the undersigned members of Congress, we write to comment on your administration's proposed 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf Oil (OCS) and Gas Leasing Program. Our comments focus specifically on three geographic regions: the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Arctic Oceans. While we are pleased to see that no oil and gas development will occur in the Atlantic or Pacific, we urge caution against too quickly moving forward with additional leasing in the Arctic, which this plan in its current form will do [¦] To conclude, before any new leasing activity is scheduled for the Arctic, all agencies involved in the planning process must develop adequate science to understand the implications of drilling in the Arctic Ocean, put in place a plan that guarantees protection of the Arctic Ocean and ecosystem, and guarantee that companies bidding on leases in the Arctic Ocean and applying for permits to drill wells in this unique, intact ecosystem, are fully prepared to handle a disaster like Deepwater Horizon." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. In Support of the Connolly Amendment to Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act. 11 May 2011. "I have long had reservations about drilling off the coast of Virginia. I believe the environmental, economic and national security risks for drilling off the coast of Virginia far outweigh any benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Scott Statement on Obama Administration's Decision To Allow Drilling off Virginia's Coast. 31 March 2010. "Any plan that allows offshore oil exploration cannot ignore the significant economic benefits the Commonwealth now enjoys from our beaches, recreational boating and fishing, commercial waterman activities, and the presence of the world's largest naval base. Furthermore, this nation should be focusing its future energy strategy on clean, renewable sources of energy, not on fossil fuels." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Restarting American Offshore Leasing Act Now. 5 May 2011. "I believe the environmental, economic, and national security risks for that drilling far outweigh any potential benefits. But if drilling will occur, this amendment will ensure that commonsense and responsible processes will be in place to safeguard against obvious negative consequences to our military, to NASA, and to port operations." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Bobby Scott voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bobby Scott in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bobby Scott in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bobby Scott in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bobby Scott in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Scott Statement on the Passage of the American Clean Energy & Security Act. 26 June 2009. "For the last eight years we had an administration that refused to take action on climate change. Today, Congress and President Obama accepted the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change exists and have decided to do something about it. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will ensure our carbon emissions are reduced over 80% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels, a benchmark which the scientific community agrees will be necessary to curb climate change. This legislation will also ensure that the United States will make an effective transition to a clean energy economy and achieve energy independence. By investing billions in clean energy technology, this bill will create new jobs and ensure that the United States will be the world's leader in the clean energy industry, while guaranteeing that American consumers are protected from energy price increases." (www.bobbyscott.house.gov)
  • Robert Scott. Scott Statement On The Passage Of The American Clean Energy & Security Act. 8 July 2009. "For the last eight years we had an administration that refused to take action on climate change. Today, Congress and President Obama accepted the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change exists and have decided to do something about it. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will ensure our carbon emissions are reduced over 80% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels, a benchmark which the scientific community agrees will be necessary to curb climate change. This legislation will also ensure that the United States will make an effective transition to a clean energy economy and achieve energy independence. By investing billions in clean energy technology, this bill will create new jobs and ensure that the United States will be the world's leader in the clean energy industry, while guaranteeing that American consumers are protected from energy price increases." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Rep. Bobby Scott Receives Perfect Score from League of Conservation Voters for the 2nd Session of the 110th Congress. 17 October 2008. "Congressman Robert C. 'Bobby' Scott (D-VA-03) received a perfect score of 100 percent on the League of Conservation Voters' 2008 National Environmental Scorecard that was released today. The National Environmental Scorecard rates Members of Congress on conservation and energy issues. For the 2nd Session of the 110th Congress, the League of Conservation voters scored Members of Congress on votes in support of clean energy tax credits, green building standards, public transportation grants, public lands protection, subsidy reform in the Farm Bill, opposition to gutting renewable energy programs, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and drilling off our nation's coasts. Out of 435 members of the House of Representatives, only 67 members received a perfect score of 100 percent. 'I am committed to protecting our environment and working towards ending our nation's dependence on oil,' said Rep. Scott. 'I am proud that the National Environmental Scorecard reflects this commitment. I look forward to working with the League of Conservation Voters in the next Congress to address energy independence, climate change, and a host of other important environmental issues.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Scott. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Bobby Scott in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bobby Scott a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Bobby Scott in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 86 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. U.S. Representatives Convene Chicago Forum on Gun Show Loopholes. 19 August 2010. "The government has a responsibility to enforce public safety and protect its citizens from those who wish to obtain firearms illegally." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives (BATFE) Modernization and Reform Act of 2006. 25 September 2006. "I rise in support of H.R. 5092 [¦] which will focus on improving the due process and effectiveness in ATF enforcement of Federal gun laws and regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. "Consideration of this legislation has been a challenge because apparently many people in this body believe that if more people carried guns, the crime rate would go down. Reliable studies, however, point out that the possession of a firearm is much more likely to result in the death of a family member or a neighbor than being used to thwart a crime. This bill will undermine public safety. We should let the States decide whether or not or under what conditions to allow people who are in their State to carry concealed handguns. I urge my colleagues, therefore, to vote against this legislation." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Crime Subcommittee Chairman Scott Reacts to U.S. Supreme Court Decision Overturning the D.C. Hand Gun Ban. 26 August 2008. "I am pleased that, so far, it appears that while the outright ban by D.C. of handguns in the home for self-protection was overturned, other longstanding, sensible governmental regulation of firearms was upheld." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Scott. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Scott Highlights Benefits of the Affordable Care Act. 22 March 2012. "'I know that as key provisions of the health care law continue to be implemented, Americans will continue to see how they are personally benefiting from this landmark law," Rep. Scott added. 'Although there are efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, we cannot move backwards. We cannot push seniors back into the 'donut hole' or kick young adults off their parents' policies. Health care reform is working to expand affordable coverage to all Americans, and I will continue to fight for its full implementation.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Facebook: Wall. 23 September 2010. "Today, the New York Times is carrying a series of articles that illustrate the many benefits that Americans are starting to see from Health Care Reform. These are tangible benefits that are helping real people. This is just the beginning. Democrats are committed to the improving the health and well being of the American public. Our opponents are committed to taking away these benefits". (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Scott. Scott Supports Historic Health Insurance Reform. 19 March 2010. "This legislation is a win for American families, small businesses, seniors, and children, and it is a win for American taxpayers. It will provide access to insurance for 32 million Americans, end arbitrary rate hikes, and eliminate discrimination based on pre-existing conditions." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Twitter: RepBobbyScott. 23 March 2011. "I am proud to have supported the Affordable Care Act last year and will work to protect what we've accomplished." (twitter.com)
  • Robert Scott. Rep. Scott Statement on Health Insurance Reform Ruling. 13 December 2010. "There will undoubtedly be more challenges to reform. However, I am confident that health insurance reform will continue on its course and that its constitutionality will be upheld in subsequent courts so that Americans will continue to reap the benefits of reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. House Passes Historic Health Insurance Reform and Student Aid Legislation. 21 March 2010. "This landmark legislation will provide [¦] affordable coverage for those who do not have insurance now [¦] The bill is fully paid for; in fact it will yield savings which will help balance the budget." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Huffington Post - House DREAM Passage Puts Pressure on Senate. 9 December 2010. "The Dream Act will allow non-resident students who grew up in the United States an opportunity to pursue higher education or serve in the military. By doing so, we not only contribute to our economy and our nation's defense, but also reduce the prospects of crime, welfare and other problems and costs associated with lack of education or work skills." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the American Family Association 11 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Bobby Scott voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Bobby Scott voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Bobby Scott voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. UPI: Gay marriage an issue in Pentagon bill. 1 June 2011. "I think we've got to acknowledge that gay marriage is legal in several states. What's going to end up happening is other states are going to have to recognize those marriages." (www.upi.com)
  • Hugo Lessig. Daily Press: Is Gay Marriage Like Civil Rights? 2 November 2006. "People who support the ban simply because they don't like the gay lifestyle should keep that in mind, said Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, Virginia's only black member of Congress. 'When you're talking about discrimination,' he said, 'the victim is always unpopular. That's just the way it works with civil rights.'" (articles.dailypress.com)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. DEFENDING MARRIAGE. 15 April 2011. "I just want to remind people what Professor Ball pointed out, that failure to recognize other States' unions gets you into all kinds of problems with estate tax, real estate and other things that actually make no sense. And I thank him for bringing that up." (www.gpo.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Letter to Chairman McKeon. 10 May 2011 "Among the many troubling aspects of the Detainee Security Act are provisions that expand the war against terrorist organizations on a global basis. The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 was widely thought to provide authorization for the war in Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others responsible for the 9/11 attacks. That war has dragged on for almost ten years, and after the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as the United States prepares for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Detainee Security Act purports to expand the 'armed conflict' against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and "associated forces" without limit. By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Bobby Scott supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Scott. Daily Press: Scott: Debt deal is a bad one. 6 August 2011. " After that, minor tweaks and reforms to preserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid can be made to protect those programs and get us the rest of the way to a balanced budget." (articles.dailypress.com)
  • Bobby Scott. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 15 July 2011. "The Congressional Task Force on Seniors is committed to protecting the financial security, health, and well-being of America's seniors. As members of the Task Force, we want to thank you for your leadership in fighting for those priorities and urge you to continue to oppose harmful cuts, or reductions in benefits, to programs that benefit older Americans, specifically in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. At a time when older Americans are less secure in their retirement and less able to afford quality health services, now is not the time to cut their benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Scott. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "We are writing to request that you protect vital programs that comprise our social safety net, including but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, as well as the programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans [¦] It is imperative that we protect vital safety net programs and programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans, including those facing or living in poverty. The Census Bureau released data on September 13, 2011, revealing that 15 percent of Americans -- 46.2 million people across this country -- lived in poverty in 2010. This is the largest number of Americans living in poverty since the Census started collecting this data 52 years ago. For our nation's children under 18, 22 percent lived in poverty in 2010. That is 16.4 million children who do not know where their next meal is coming from, where they might be sleeping that night, and who are anxious overall about their well being and that of their parents." (votesmart.org)

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