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

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 14, Republican
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Tom Graves, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Tom Graves, Jr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Graves. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tom Graves voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Tom Graves in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tom Graves voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Sponsored Abortion Funding Ban Passes House. 4 May 2011. "One of my first serious acts of civic engagement came in 2001, when my wife, Julie, and I learned that an abortion clinic was going to open in Calhoun, Georgia. I worked alongside Julie as she gathered our community to protest against the clinic and successfully prevent it from opening its doors. Our movement in North Georgia ten years ago reflects a wider, deeply held belief across America that life is a precious gift from God, and that the innocent, unborn have a right to life." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Issue Position: Conservative Values. 21 October 2011. "I am pro-life and my record in the Georgia General Assembly demonstrates very clearly that I'll oppose the killing of the innocent unborn and support adoption as a positive solution. I oppose taxpayer funding of abortions, the gruesome partial-birth procedure and support laws that require parental notification and consent where minors are involved. In the Georgia House, I co-authored the Human Life Amendment that defines life from conception to natural death." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Facebook: Wall. 23 January 2012. "I am pro-life and I am proud to support those in Washington for today's March for Life." (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Graves. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tom Graves voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Tom Graves in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tom Graves voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Sponsored Abortion Funding Ban Passes House. 4 May 2011. "One of my first serious acts of civic engagement came in 2001, when my wife, Julie, and I learned that an abortion clinic was going to open in Calhoun, Georgia. I worked alongside Julie as she gathered our community to protest against the clinic and successfully prevent it from opening its doors. Our movement in North Georgia ten years ago reflects a wider, deeply held belief across America that life is a precious gift from God, and that the innocent, unborn have a right to life." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Issue Position: Conservative Values. 21 October 2011. "I am pro-life and my record in the Georgia General Assembly demonstrates very clearly that I'll oppose the killing of the innocent unborn and support adoption as a positive solution. I oppose taxpayer funding of abortions, the gruesome partial-birth procedure and support laws that require parental notification and consent where minors are involved. In the Georgia House, I co-authored the Human Life Amendment that defines life from conception to natural death." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Facebook: Wall. 23 January 2012. "I am pro-life and I am proud to support those in Washington for today's March for Life." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Tom Graves. This Week in Washington: This Week in Washington: U.S. Rep. Tom Graves. 17 September 2010. "With a struggling economy and nearly all Americans trying to make ends meet, no one should face a tax increase. The President and Speaker Nancy Pelosi are also attempting to justify that these tax increases may only affect those Americans who are making over $250,000. However, many of these individuals are owners of America's small businesses which generate the power for the economic engine that runs our economy. I will not support a bill that raises taxes on any sector of America, including small businessmen and women." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Solutions for Small Business. 18 April 2012. "Just to make clear, I mean, the Fair Tax is not an additional tax; it's not something that is added on, a layer. It's actually eliminating income tax, eliminating corporate income tax, eliminating capital gains tax, dividend tax, death tax. It's eliminating all of that. It's throwing it all out. I guess it's eliminating the Internal Revenue Service for some part and in a great way, and I think there would be a lot of Americans across the country applauding on that day if that were to ever occur." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves 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)
  • FreedomWorks. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. FreedomWorks endorsed Tom Graves in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves: America Cannot Afford Democrats Plan for Largest Tax Increase in History. 2 August 2010. "Friends, we are faced with a Democrat leadership in Congress that is trying to raise energy taxes, health care taxes, income taxes, corporate taxes and reinstitute the death tax and the marriage penalty tax. When I go to the House chamber to vote, North Georgia won't have to worry about whether I will vote to cut taxes or if I think tax relief is a "sham.' My record very clearly demonstrates that I oppose higher taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. "It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Facebook: Wall. 17 April 2012. "Pass the Fair Tax!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Graves. Human Events: Graves - It's Time for Tax Reform. 19 April 2010. "According to the Heritage Foundation, 'the top 1% of income earners paid 40% of all federal income taxes in 2007, while the bottom 50% paid only 3%.' This is hardly an example of fairness and furthermore, it is a disincentive to succeed. Why work hard to get to the top just to have it taken away? Reform focused on spreading the tax burden widely with voluntary inputs and easy compliance is the fair and fiscally responsible answer to the problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Issue Position: Taxes. 24 October 2011. "I have always supported tax reform that focuses on simplification and fairness. I support the Fair Tax because America's prosperity would improve dramatically if we converted to a transparent and voluntary tax structure that doesn't penalize wealth accumulation. The ultimate goal should be to spread the burden equally with voluntary inputs and easy compliance. However, good tax policy can only be accomplished when coupled with good spending policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. This Week In Washington. 19 November 2010. "At this time, the most important mission we have is to prevent the largest tax increase in American history from being levied on every taxpayer. What's at stake is $3.9 trillion in tax hikes starting on January 1, 2011, if we do not extend the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. As we work hard to prevent the tax increases, I want to be clear that I will not vote for any deal that increases taxes on anyone, from the lowest income earners to our small business owners." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. This Week in Washington: This Week in Washington: U.S. Rep. Tom Graves. 17 September 2010. "With a struggling economy and nearly all Americans trying to make ends meet, no one should face a tax increase. The President and Speaker Nancy Pelosi are also attempting to justify that these tax increases may only affect those Americans who are making over $250,000. However, many of these individuals are owners of America's small businesses which generate the power for the economic engine that runs our economy. I will not support a bill that raises taxes on any sector of America, including small businessmen and women." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Solutions for Small Business. 18 April 2012. "Just to make clear, I mean, the Fair Tax is not an additional tax; it's not something that is added on, a layer. It's actually eliminating income tax, eliminating corporate income tax, eliminating capital gains tax, dividend tax, death tax. It's eliminating all of that. It's throwing it all out. I guess it's eliminating the Internal Revenue Service for some part and in a great way, and I think there would be a lot of Americans across the country applauding on that day if that were to ever occur." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves 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)
  • FreedomWorks. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. FreedomWorks endorsed Tom Graves in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves: America Cannot Afford Democrats Plan for Largest Tax Increase in History. 2 August 2010. "Friends, we are faced with a Democrat leadership in Congress that is trying to raise energy taxes, health care taxes, income taxes, corporate taxes and reinstitute the death tax and the marriage penalty tax. When I go to the House chamber to vote, North Georgia won't have to worry about whether I will vote to cut taxes or if I think tax relief is a "sham.' My record very clearly demonstrates that I oppose higher taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. "It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Facebook: Wall. 17 April 2012. "Pass the Fair Tax!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Graves. Human Events: Graves - It's Time for Tax Reform. 19 April 2010. "According to the Heritage Foundation, 'the top 1% of income earners paid 40% of all federal income taxes in 2007, while the bottom 50% paid only 3%.' This is hardly an example of fairness and furthermore, it is a disincentive to succeed. Why work hard to get to the top just to have it taken away? Reform focused on spreading the tax burden widely with voluntary inputs and easy compliance is the fair and fiscally responsible answer to the problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Issue Position: Taxes. 24 October 2011. "I have always supported tax reform that focuses on simplification and fairness. I support the Fair Tax because America's prosperity would improve dramatically if we converted to a transparent and voluntary tax structure that doesn't penalize wealth accumulation. The ultimate goal should be to spread the burden equally with voluntary inputs and easy compliance. However, good tax policy can only be accomplished when coupled with good spending policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. This Week In Washington. 19 November 2010. "At this time, the most important mission we have is to prevent the largest tax increase in American history from being levied on every taxpayer. What's at stake is $3.9 trillion in tax hikes starting on January 1, 2011, if we do not extend the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. As we work hard to prevent the tax increases, I want to be clear that I will not vote for any deal that increases taxes on anyone, from the lowest income earners to our small business owners." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Tom Graves. Facebook: Wall. 17 February 2012. "Today is the 3rd Anniversary of the failed Obama Stimulus. $800 billion in wasted taxpayer money that never created jobs." (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Graves. Facebook: Wall. 16 February 2012. "President Obama's failed stimulus reaffirmed two basic conservative principles: 1) A government can't spend its way out of a recession 2) The private sector must be the engine that drives sustainable job growth." (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Graves. Facebook: Wall. 17 February 2012. "Today is the 3rd Anniversary of the failed Obama Stimulus. $800 billion in wasted taxpayer money that never created jobs." (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Graves. This Budget Is Bad For Small Business. 13 February 2012. "Make no mistake about it -- we have a debt crisis because Washington has a spending problem. Not only will raising taxes negatively impact business growth, but this administration has signaled that it is likely to use any new revenue to grow the size of government in the name of stimulus, rather than paying down the debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Tom Graves voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (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 Tom Graves a rating of 96 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Agrees with Senators Report on Wasteful Stimulus Bill. 6 August 2010. "I've opposed the stimulus bill from day one because it puts our country further into debt and government-funded stimulus does not create private sector jobs. The Senators' report shows the wasteful spending mindset that prevails in Washington and why the unused portions of the stimulus bill must be repealed." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves' JOBS Act Recognized by Leading Free-Market Economists in Rich States, Poor States. 8 April 2010. "We recognize that the greatest stimulus for a robust economy comes from an economic environment that encourages opportunity, productivity, and innovation. It's the hard-working people of Georgia--not big government--that are the key to our economic prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Tom Graves voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves: Tax Cuts for Private Sector Will Spur Job Creation. 1 June 2010. "Sustainable job growth comes from the private sector, not through government funded stimulus. History has proven time and again if you empower the private sector by cutting taxes and reducing regulations, our economy will grow. Tax relief and tax credits for companies that hire out-of-work Georgians will spur economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the "Stimulus." 17 February 2010. "One year ago today, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. The purpose of the $787 billion stimulus bill was to create new jobs, as well as save existing ones; to spur economic activity by investments that provide long-term economic growth; and to foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending. A year later, over three million Americans have lost their jobs; only six percent of Americans believe the stimulus package created jobs; and it was revealed that the Recovery Act website bragged about job creation in make-believe congressional districts. The stimulus has failed and the American people know it [¦] If the leaders in Washington were serious about getting America back to work, they would abandon their big government, big spending approach that is bankrupting our country and instead follow Georgia's lead by unleashing its entrepreneurial spirit by empowering the private sector to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Facebook: Wall. 16 February 2012. "President Obama's failed stimulus reaffirmed two basic conservative principles: 1) A government can't spend its way out of a recession 2) The private sector must be the engine that drives sustainable job growth." (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Graves. This Budget Is Bad For Small Business. 13 February 2012. "Make no mistake about it -- we have a debt crisis because Washington has a spending problem. Not only will raising taxes negatively impact business growth, but this administration has signaled that it is likely to use any new revenue to grow the size of government in the name of stimulus, rather than paying down the debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the "Stimulus." 17 February 2010. "One year ago today, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. The purpose of the $787 billion stimulus bill was to create new jobs, as well as save existing ones; to spur economic activity by investments that provide long-term economic growth; and to foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending. A year later, over three million Americans have lost their jobs; only six percent of Americans believe the stimulus package created jobs; and it was revealed that the Recovery Act website bragged about job creation in make-believe congressional districts. The stimulus has failed and the American people know it [¦] If the leaders in Washington were serious about getting America back to work, they would abandon their big government, big spending approach that is bankrupting our country and instead follow Georgia's lead by unleashing its entrepreneurial spirit by empowering the private sector to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Responds To President Obama's Jobs Speech. 8 September 2011. "Tonight, President Obama made it clear that he plans to call the same big government plays that have already failed America. His call for higher taxes will further unsettle our small business owners, and his commitment to more stimulus spending lends a deaf ear to our national debt crisis [¦] The experiment of big government belongs in the history books. Now it's time to focus on private sector job creation by cutting taxes, cutting spending, and removing costly regulations. House Republicans have had a jobs plan on the table for months, and we've passed over a dozen bills to boost private sector job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves: Tax Cuts for Private Sector Will Spur Job Creation. 1 June 2010. "Sustainable job growth comes from the private sector, not through government funded stimulus. History has proven time and again if you empower the private sector by cutting taxes and reducing regulations, our economy will grow. Tax relief and tax credits for companies that hire out-of-work Georgians will spur economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves' JOBS Act Recognized by Leading Free-Market Economists in Rich States, Poor States. 8 April 2010. "We recognize that the greatest stimulus for a robust economy comes from an economic environment that encourages opportunity, productivity, and innovation. It's the hard-working people of Georgia--not big government--that are the key to our economic prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Agrees with Senators Report on Wasteful Stimulus Bill. 6 August 2010. "I've opposed the stimulus bill from day one because it puts our country further into debt and government-funded stimulus does not create private sector jobs. The Senators' report shows the wasteful spending mindset that prevails in Washington and why the unused portions of the stimulus bill must be repealed." (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 Tom Graves a rating of 96 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Responds To President Obama's Jobs Speech. 8 September 2011. "Tonight, President Obama made it clear that he plans to call the same big government plays that have already failed America. His call for higher taxes will further unsettle our small business owners, and his commitment to more stimulus spending lends a deaf ear to our national debt crisis [¦] The experiment of big government belongs in the history books. Now it's time to focus on private sector job creation by cutting taxes, cutting spending, and removing costly regulations. House Republicans have had a jobs plan on the table for months, and we've passed over a dozen bills to boost private sector job creation." (votesmart.org)
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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  • Tom Graves. Issue Position: Education. 8 August 2012. "Education should be child centered and parent driven. My wife is a public school teacher so I know first hand the difficulties confronting our system today and that the best ideas for improvement come from places like Ranger, Gainesville, Dalton and Blue Ridge - not Washington, DC. Whether it's public or private...home or charter, parents are best able to select the right method of education for their child. In the Georgia General Assembly, I facilitated education reforms that include educational scholarships, special needs scholarships, school choice within the local public school system, and the expansion of charter schools. Empowering parents and teachers, cutting federal red tape, and reducing the federal education bureaucracy will make improvements to our public schools to ensure every child achieves at grade level, every classroom has a highly qualified teacher and school systems have local control and flexibility in how federal education funding is spent." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Issue Position: Education. 8 August 2012. "Education should be child centered and parent driven. My wife is a public school teacher so I know first hand the difficulties confronting our system today and that the best ideas for improvement come from places like Ranger, Gainesville, Dalton and Blue Ridge - not Washington, DC. Whether it's public or private...home or charter, parents are best able to select the right method of education for their child. In the Georgia General Assembly, I facilitated education reforms that include educational scholarships, special needs scholarships, school choice within the local public school system, and the expansion of charter schools. Empowering parents and teachers, cutting federal red tape, and reducing the federal education bureaucracy will make improvements to our public schools to ensure every child achieves at grade level, every classroom has a highly qualified teacher and school systems have local control and flexibility in how federal education funding is spent." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Rep. Graves Votes To Block EPA Bid To Tax Energy. 7 April 2011. "When I ask folks running companies in the ninth district about what inhibits the growth of their business and the addition of new jobs, the number one problem is always the regulatory burden and the constant threat of new regulations. Chief among the threats is the EPA's self-proclaimed authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions [¦] If the EPA had its way, the Heritage Foundation estimates annual job losses of 800,000 would result from the cost of obtaining emissions credits, getting various new permits, and complying with redesigning and retrofitting of facilities. In a district like Georgia's ninth, where 62,000 people are employed in manufacturing, the impact of a rogue EPA would be devastating." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Statement on the April 27th Special Election. 22 March 2010. "Make no mistake--the Democrats in Washington won't stop now. They are emboldened and will now turn their attention to passing an amnesty based immigration reform, cap and trade and card check legislation. Now is not the time for conservatives to rest--we must be resolved and push back with all our might in order to preserve freedom for Americans. Julie and I are ready to serve." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Rep. Graves Votes to Increase Domestic Energy Exploration and Production. 21 June 2012. "'Energy prices in America are still too high, and they're holding back the U.S. economy. Instead of putting up needless roadblocks to domestic energy production, as the Obama Administration appears intent on doing, we should be examining every possible avenue to safely ramp up our energy supply. This bill expands on-shore energy production, streamlines the leasing and permitting process, and finds out the impact of EPA regulations before they are implemented -- all good things for the American economy. At a time when jobs are scarce and gas prices are eating up a big chunk of Americans' take-home pay, we owe it to the American people to do everything we can to bring down the cost of energy.' Background: The bill requires Interior Secretary Salazar to develop a plan to increase energy production on federal lands within 180 days of any drawdown of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). It also requires an overall review or freeze of certain regulations put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which could negatively affect energy production and the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves signed Americans For Prosperity: NoClimateTax.com Pledge. 23 June 2010. "I, Tom Graves, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Georgia and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tom Graves voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves 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. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Rep. Graves Votes To Block EPA Bid To Tax Energy. 7 April 2011. "When I ask folks running companies in the ninth district about what inhibits the growth of their business and the addition of new jobs, the number one problem is always the regulatory burden and the constant threat of new regulations. Chief among the threats is the EPA's self-proclaimed authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions [¦] If the EPA had its way, the Heritage Foundation estimates annual job losses of 800,000 would result from the cost of obtaining emissions credits, getting various new permits, and complying with redesigning and retrofitting of facilities. In a district like Georgia's ninth, where 62,000 people are employed in manufacturing, the impact of a rogue EPA would be devastating." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Statement on the April 27th Special Election. 22 March 2010. "Make no mistake--the Democrats in Washington won't stop now. They are emboldened and will now turn their attention to passing an amnesty based immigration reform, cap and trade and card check legislation. Now is not the time for conservatives to rest--we must be resolved and push back with all our might in order to preserve freedom for Americans. Julie and I are ready to serve." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Rep. Graves Votes to Increase Domestic Energy Exploration and Production. 21 June 2012. "'Energy prices in America are still too high, and they're holding back the U.S. economy. Instead of putting up needless roadblocks to domestic energy production, as the Obama Administration appears intent on doing, we should be examining every possible avenue to safely ramp up our energy supply. This bill expands on-shore energy production, streamlines the leasing and permitting process, and finds out the impact of EPA regulations before they are implemented -- all good things for the American economy. At a time when jobs are scarce and gas prices are eating up a big chunk of Americans' take-home pay, we owe it to the American people to do everything we can to bring down the cost of energy.' Background: The bill requires Interior Secretary Salazar to develop a plan to increase energy production on federal lands within 180 days of any drawdown of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). It also requires an overall review or freeze of certain regulations put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which could negatively affect energy production and the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves signed Americans For Prosperity: NoClimateTax.com Pledge. 23 June 2010. "I, Tom Graves, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Georgia and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tom Graves voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • "I will continue to defend Second Amendment rights and oppose legislation that seeks to infringe on or intimidate people from exercising those rights." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tom Graves in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Rights. 21 October 2011. "Law-abiding citizens are not causing the crime wave in America, but rather criminals who have no respect for the law. Instead of taking rights away from law-abiding Americans by enacting new gun control laws, I believe we should enforce the many gun laws that are already on the books and assist states in fighting crime by putting criminals behind bars." (votesmart.org)
  • "I will continue to defend Second Amendment rights and oppose legislation that seeks to infringe on or intimidate people from exercising those rights." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tom Graves in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Rights. 21 October 2011. "Law-abiding citizens are not causing the crime wave in America, but rather criminals who have no respect for the law. Instead of taking rights away from law-abiding Americans by enacting new gun control laws, I believe we should enforce the many gun laws that are already on the books and assist states in fighting crime by putting criminals behind bars." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Tom Graves. Hawkins Criticizes Graves Move to De-fund ObamaCare. 30 July 2010. "We are fighting an overreaching, overbearing, over taxing, intrusive federal government and ObamaCare is just the beginning. I don't care who the Speaker is or who controls Congress, I will fight with every fiber of my being against this boondoggle of a bill. I will continue to provide leadership and solutions despite his opposition." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Facebook: Wall. 23 March 2012. "Americans should be free to make health care decisions based on what's best for them and their families. ObamaCare takes that freedom away." (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Graves. Rep. Graves Votes to Pull Obamacare Out by its Roots. 11 July 2012. "Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) voted in favor of H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act. The bill would fully repeal the President's health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is commonly known as Obamacare. Rep. Graves is also a co-sponsor of the repeal legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Twitter: TomGravesGA. 1 February 2012. "Today I will continue my quest to cancel ObamaCare [...]" (twitter.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tom Graves voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Comments on Six-Month Anniversary of ObamaCare. 23 September 2010. "Today marks the six month anniversary of the federal government unconstitutionally taking control of our health care and the legislation has turned out to be a bad deal for American consumers. Despite assurances from President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Democrats in Congress that costs would remain low, care would improve and that our nation could afford their reforms, Americans are now paying more for their health care, losing the coverage they enjoyed and costs for the plan continue to rise. It's clear, the bill is too expensive, raises taxes, kills jobs, saddles the country with new debt, and forces new government mandates on the states and small businesses. Georgia's 9th District has said loud and clear that they are opposed to a government-run health care system and I will work to first defund ObamaCare and then repeal and replace it with a patient-centered, patient driven bill that uses the free-market solutions to make health care more affordable, portable and accessible." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Rep. Graves Votes to Repeal Obamacare. 20 January 2011. "The case for repealing Obamacare is founded in the law's unconstitutional mandates, countless regulations, $569 billion in new taxes, $2.6 trillion in new spending, and the painful reality of higher insurance premiums for families and burdensome penalties for businesses. Taken as a whole, Obamacare sells the myth that, if we trade away certain freedoms, government bureaucrats can somehow guide us to healthier lives. Americans see this false choice for what it is, which is why "repeal and replace' is a central part of the new House Majority's agenda." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Repealing Mandatory Funding for School Health Center Construction. 3 May 2011. "I think about what the impact that ObamaCare is having on the State of Georgia. This year alone hundreds of millions of dollars it's cost the taxpayers of Georgia, projected to be over $1 billion here in subsequent years. While I support full repeal of the program, I've already demonstrated that through my votes, this is specifically getting rid of a slush fund that's in place eliminating funding for the construction of facilities in local communities [¦] So I certainly support this measure and urge my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on H.R. 1214, and let's move on to repealing the full measure of ObamaCare." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. This Week In Washington. 19 November 2010. "To spur long-term economic growth and new jobs for the unemployed, we must fundamentally reverse the course of our country and refocus our policies on empowering the private sector. If we cut spending, rule out any tax increases, and repeal overreaching government programs like ObamaCare, Congress will stabilize the economy so businesses can once again plan for the future and bring prosperity to our communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Today, We Voted to Repeal. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, what a great day for America--a victory for the American people. You know, last November the American people loudly demanded the repeal of ObamaCare, and today the House delivered." (votesmart.org)
  • "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Facebook: Wall. 23 March 2012. "Americans should be free to make health care decisions based on what's best for them and their families. ObamaCare takes that freedom away." (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Graves. Rep. Graves Votes to Pull Obamacare Out by its Roots. 11 July 2012. "Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) voted in favor of H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act. The bill would fully repeal the President's health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is commonly known as Obamacare. Rep. Graves is also a co-sponsor of the repeal legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Twitter: TomGravesGA. 1 February 2012. "Today I will continue my quest to cancel ObamaCare [...]" (twitter.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tom Graves voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Hawkins Criticizes Graves Move to De-fund ObamaCare. 30 July 2010. "We are fighting an overreaching, overbearing, over taxing, intrusive federal government and ObamaCare is just the beginning. I don't care who the Speaker is or who controls Congress, I will fight with every fiber of my being against this boondoggle of a bill. I will continue to provide leadership and solutions despite his opposition." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Comments on Six-Month Anniversary of ObamaCare. 23 September 2010. "Today marks the six month anniversary of the federal government unconstitutionally taking control of our health care and the legislation has turned out to be a bad deal for American consumers. Despite assurances from President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Democrats in Congress that costs would remain low, care would improve and that our nation could afford their reforms, Americans are now paying more for their health care, losing the coverage they enjoyed and costs for the plan continue to rise. It's clear, the bill is too expensive, raises taxes, kills jobs, saddles the country with new debt, and forces new government mandates on the states and small businesses. Georgia's 9th District has said loud and clear that they are opposed to a government-run health care system and I will work to first defund ObamaCare and then repeal and replace it with a patient-centered, patient driven bill that uses the free-market solutions to make health care more affordable, portable and accessible." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Rep. Graves Votes to Repeal Obamacare. 20 January 2011. "The case for repealing Obamacare is founded in the law's unconstitutional mandates, countless regulations, $569 billion in new taxes, $2.6 trillion in new spending, and the painful reality of higher insurance premiums for families and burdensome penalties for businesses. Taken as a whole, Obamacare sells the myth that, if we trade away certain freedoms, government bureaucrats can somehow guide us to healthier lives. Americans see this false choice for what it is, which is why "repeal and replace' is a central part of the new House Majority's agenda." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Repealing Mandatory Funding for School Health Center Construction. 3 May 2011. "I think about what the impact that ObamaCare is having on the State of Georgia. This year alone hundreds of millions of dollars it's cost the taxpayers of Georgia, projected to be over $1 billion here in subsequent years. While I support full repeal of the program, I've already demonstrated that through my votes, this is specifically getting rid of a slush fund that's in place eliminating funding for the construction of facilities in local communities [¦] So I certainly support this measure and urge my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on H.R. 1214, and let's move on to repealing the full measure of ObamaCare." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. This Week In Washington. 19 November 2010. "To spur long-term economic growth and new jobs for the unemployed, we must fundamentally reverse the course of our country and refocus our policies on empowering the private sector. If we cut spending, rule out any tax increases, and repeal overreaching government programs like ObamaCare, Congress will stabilize the economy so businesses can once again plan for the future and bring prosperity to our communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Today, We Voted to Repeal. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, what a great day for America--a victory for the American people. You know, last November the American people loudly demanded the repeal of ObamaCare, and today the House delivered." (votesmart.org)
  • "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010." (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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  • Tom Graves. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Tom Graves voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Statement on the April 27th Special Election. 22 March 2010. "Make no mistake--the Democrats in Washington won't stop now. They are emboldened and will now turn their attention to passing an amnesty based immigration reform, cap and trade and card check legislation. Now is not the time for conservatives to rest--we must be resolved and push back with all our might in order to preserve freedom for Americans. Julie and I are ready to serve." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Georgia's House Republicans Call on ICE to Enforce Stricter Illegal Immigrant Programs. 10 February 2011. "I join the rest of the delegation in thanking Assistant Secretary Morton for his attention to Georgia's urgent need for top tier immigration enforcement. In the strongest terms possible, I urge ICE to use its resources to uproot the major hubs of illegal immigration, not just trim the branches. With the seventh largest illegal population in the United States, Georgia's law enforcement officials are on the front lines, and should never have to wait for backup while ICE sends reinforcements to the rear." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 21 October 2011. "While America's immigration system is badly in need of repair, I oppose any reforms that disregard our current immigration laws or grant amnesty to individuals who've illegally entered the United States. I support reforms to fix a broken system by strengthening our borders and providing more resources, technology and training to the Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol to keep illegal immigrants out of our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Tom Graves voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Graves Statement on the April 27th Special Election. 22 March 2010. "Make no mistake--the Democrats in Washington won't stop now. They are emboldened and will now turn their attention to passing an amnesty based immigration reform, cap and trade and card check legislation. Now is not the time for conservatives to rest--we must be resolved and push back with all our might in order to preserve freedom for Americans. Julie and I are ready to serve." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Georgia's House Republicans Call on ICE to Enforce Stricter Illegal Immigrant Programs. 10 February 2011. "I join the rest of the delegation in thanking Assistant Secretary Morton for his attention to Georgia's urgent need for top tier immigration enforcement. In the strongest terms possible, I urge ICE to use its resources to uproot the major hubs of illegal immigration, not just trim the branches. With the seventh largest illegal population in the United States, Georgia's law enforcement officials are on the front lines, and should never have to wait for backup while ICE sends reinforcements to the rear." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 21 October 2011. "While America's immigration system is badly in need of repair, I oppose any reforms that disregard our current immigration laws or grant amnesty to individuals who've illegally entered the United States. I support reforms to fix a broken system by strengthening our borders and providing more resources, technology and training to the Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol to keep illegal immigrants out of our country." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Tom Graves in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Issue Position: Conservative Values. 21 October 2011. "Marriage is between one man and one woman and no social engineering can change that fact. In the Georgia General Assembly, I proudly supported Georgia's Constitutional Amendment that defined marriage as such." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." (votesmart.org)
  • "DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Tom Graves voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Tom Graves in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Issue Position: Conservative Values. 21 October 2011. "Marriage is between one man and one woman and no social engineering can change that fact. In the Georgia General Assembly, I proudly supported Georgia's Constitutional Amendment that defined marriage as such." (votesmart.org)
  • "DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Tom Graves voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Graves 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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  • Tom Graves. Rep. Graves Statement on U.S. Elimination of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "For the victims of 9/11, U.S.S. Cole, the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and countless other terror attacks across the globe, justice has finally been brought to the chief perpetrator of those evils, Osama bin Laden. Not only is this a great day for America, but also for all in the world who cherish freedom and democracy. We celebrate today because of the tireless and heroic efforts of the U.S. military and intelligence personnel. America is proud of our defenders of freedom, as this victory was borne of their many sacrifices and unwavering resolve to go to any place and complete any task so that we may destroy terrorism and defend our country. May God bless our fighting men and women, their families, and all who continue the work of bringing justice to those who have attacked or threaten terror against the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Graves. Rep. Graves Statement on U.S. Elimination of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "For the victims of 9/11, U.S.S. Cole, the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and countless other terror attacks across the globe, justice has finally been brought to the chief perpetrator of those evils, Osama bin Laden. Not only is this a great day for America, but also for all in the world who cherish freedom and democracy. We celebrate today because of the tireless and heroic efforts of the U.S. military and intelligence personnel. America is proud of our defenders of freedom, as this victory was borne of their many sacrifices and unwavering resolve to go to any place and complete any task so that we may destroy terrorism and defend our country. May God bless our fighting men and women, their families, and all who continue the work of bringing justice to those who have attacked or threaten terror against the United States." (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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