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Geoff Davis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Geoff Davis refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Geoff Davis supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Geoff Davis supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Geoff Davis supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Geoff Davis voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Geoff Davis voted NO on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Pro-Life. "As a member of the House of Representatives Pro-Life Caucus, I believe that we have a responsibility to ensure that the federal government protects and defends an individual's right to life, especially for those who cannot defend themselves, including the unborn, terminally ill and elderly." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Pro-Life. "I unequivocally support the sanctity of Life. As the father of six wonderful children, a new grandfather and a Christian, I believe that the federal government has an obligation to protect the rights of the unborn." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Geoff Davis supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 83 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Geoff Davis voted YES on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Geoff Davis voted YES on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. The Countdown Crew: Countdown to the Tax Increase by the Democratic Majority. 5 March 2007. "You mentioned the estate tax earlier. It is a pernicious tax that confiscates money from families once that money has already been taxed. It is not the super, super-rich of the world, the Bill Gateses of the world, the multibillionaires of the world. They are not the ones that are going to have to worry about paying that. It is the small business owners who have capital-intensive businesses. It is going to be farmers, small manufacturers that have the most dramatic negative effect from that. We had one took place in my county that is a perfect example of this, a farmer. When the patriarch died, they did not understand. They loved farming. They wanted to focus on that business. They did not understand the impact of an estate tax, having a farm in a growing county with appreciating real estate values. Because they had gotten some incomplete legal advice, they came to find out that they literally were going to have to sell half of a farm that had been in the family for five generations because they wanted to keep farming just to pay the tax bill. I think that flies in the face of American values. It flies in the face of creating opportunities." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Working to Keep Taxes Low for Kentucky's Families and Businesses Fourth District Report. 28 November 2006. "Earlier this summer, I was proud to support H.R. 5970, the Estate Tax and Extension of Tax Relief Act of 2006. This important legislation included many tax cut extensions for America's students, families, and businesses. Among other things, this bill would extend to 2007 a $4,000 tax deduction for higher education expenses in lieu of the Hope of Lifetime Learning Credit and extend to 2007 a $250 tax deduction for teachers' classroom expenses that includes books, supplies and other costs. Without action, these tax relief measures will expire resulting in an increased tax burden for millions of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. "Additionally, I want to protect Kentucky taxpayers by: * Permanently ending the Death Tax." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Geoff Davis. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Geoff Davis voted NO on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Geoff Davis voted NO on 3 October 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Geoff Davis supported the interests of the Club for Growth 82 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Congressman Davis Rejects Speaker Pelosi's Irresponsible Stimulus Legislation. 13 February 2009. "We all agree that the government must act to reinvigorate our economy. However, this legislation represents the height of irresponsibility in Congress. Instead of producing legislation that is 'timely, targeted and temporary,' Speaker Pelosi and Harry Reid have written 'stimulus' legislation that includes massive permanent expansions of federal spending that are unrelated to economic growth. Not only does this bill fail to meet the standards outlined by President Obama, it also fails the simple test of mathematics and logic. The alternative plan we offered creates twice as many jobs for half the price." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Congressman Davis Votes No on Wasteful Spending Package. 28 January 2009. "Once again, Speaker Pelosi has forced passage of legislation that is not in the best interest of the American people. This so-called 'stimulus' legislation is full of pet spending projects that will do very little to restore confidence in our economy or create jobs. My Republican colleagues and I tried to work with the Democrats to improve this bill, and even met with President Barack Obama on two occasions to discuss our ideas for reinvigorating the economy, but ultimately, we were shut out of the process. When all is said and done, this bill will cost Americans over one trillion dollars, and is only expected to reduce the unemployment rate by maybe one percent. President Obama has promised us a new era of bipartisanship. I hope he will encourage Speaker Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic Majority to reach across the aisle and work with Republicans so we can craft a true stimulus package that will provide relief for families, businesses and communities across the nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. "This isn't the right direction for our country. That is why I voted against the Wall Street bank bailouts, I voted against the failed trillion-dollar stimulus and against the trillion-dollar government takeover of health care. I know that more government, more spending and more taxes are not the answer. The national debt now exceeds a whopping $13 trillion. We cannot spend our way to prosperity. Empowering the American people will lead us toward prosperity. We must reward hard work, ingenuity, creativity and entrepreneurship. At the end of this year, families and small businesses across Kentucky and our nation face a tax increase that totals $3.8 trillion! A massive tax increase on every American is the wrong prescription during one of the worst economic periods in our history. Uncertainty is one of the biggest plagues on our struggling economy. Congress should act immediately to prevent this massive job-killing tax increase. Small businesses have created more than 70% of all new jobs in the last decade. They are at the heart of job creation and they will be the engine that gets the economy going again." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Social Security. "Privatization. I oppose privatization of Social Security. We must not reduce benefits or raise the retirement age for those at or near retirement. Congress will debate many different proposals for reforming the Social Security program. You may be certain that I will not support any plan that reduces benefits. Your benefits will be paid on time and in full. All the Social Security reform measures that have been debated to this point have provided that current and near-term retirees will be guaranteed the benefits they have earned." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Geoff Davis supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 10 percent in 2005-2006." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Education. "Congressman Davis also believes that local school district officials are best capable to make decisions regarding funding and academic programs. However, there must also be national standards so that a high-school diploma carries the same measure of academic excellence in every state. Education spending has increased an average of almost 12 percent per year over the last five years, and Congressman Davis believes there must be accountability for federal tax dollars." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Geoff Davis supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Geoff Davis voted NO on 26 July 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. A Better Solution on Climate Change Legislation. 17 June 2009. "At a time when the national unemployment rate is soaring, approaching 10 percent in the next several months, and the Kentucky unemployment rate is getting dangerously high, we can't afford to enact this legislation that will create additional hardships. Energy prices are a major factor in determining the cost of living and the cost of doing business in a particular location. The fact is that Kentucky is one of the lowest energy cost States in the Nation and depends on electricity produced from coal. I recently met with plant managers and business leaders in Carroll County, Kentucky, who reiterated that the low cost of energy in the Commonwealth was a major reason they chose to base their businesses in the county, creating many jobs. This energy tax will drive those businesses away or out of business, losing American jobs, because it is not considering the long-term economic impact, let alone the lack of environmental veracity. A familiar positive story that we hear throughout our Commonwealth is low energy creates jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Op-Ed: Let's Try Common Sense. 2 February 2010. "Enacting a comprehensive energy policy that takes advantage of our domestic energy resources is one of the best things we can do to foster economic growth and create jobs. For years, Republicans have advocated for safe, clean nuclear power plants, encouraged offshore drilling and fought for the expansion of clean coal technologies. I was pleased that President Obama discussed employing American innovation to develop a variety of our nation's energy resources. However, I am vehemently opposed to the "cap and trade" climate change legislation passed by the House last summer." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Energy. "[...] You may have heard that Speaker Pelosi's Cap and Tax plan is dead for the year. This plan could eventually cause more than 4,000 jobs to be lost in the Fourth District alone and nearly 22,000 jobs throughout the Commonwealth. While the prospects for passage in the Senate in 2010 look bleak, enacting a Cap and Trade plan to control carbon dioxide emissions remains a top priority for many powerful members of the House and the Senate. In addition, it is a priority of President Obama despite his acknowledgement that it will have a negative effect on American families. In fact, he said, "My Cap and Trade Plan will necessarily cause energy prices to skyrocket. [...]" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Geoff Davis. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Geoff Davis voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Geoff Davis a grade of A." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Second Amendment Rights. "Gun-control laws do not work. Instead, they punish law-abiding citizens who have a Constitutional right to own a gun and protect themselves from the criminal acts of others. As a Life Member of the NRA, I will continue to strongly support our Second Amendment rights and will oppose any effort to limit those rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Second Amendment. "Our nation was founded upon the ideals of democracy, individual's rights and civil liberties. The Second Amendment to the Constitution reads, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." As a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, I believe this language protects to rights of all law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Efforts by Washington Democrats to infringe on Second Amendment rights often are under the guise of fighting crime. These efforts should be directly squarely at criminals and assisting law enforcement, not on impeding the rights of law-abiding gun owners. I will continue fighting to protect our Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Geoff Davis supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 11 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Geoff Davis voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Congressman Davis Rejects Democrats' Trillion-Dollar Government Takeover Of Health Care. 7 November 2009. "The expansive provisions included in H.R. 3962 will affect the entire American health care system, which comprises one-sixth of our nation's economy. The 1,990 page bill creates an enormous new health care bureaucracy that will drastically expand the government's role in health care decision-making by families and doctors. The bill also creates a government-run "public option" that could eventually force private insurers out of business, putting the U.S. on a path to a single-payer, government-run health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Healthcare. "The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 contained provisions allowing individuals to use HSAs. Individuals covered by a health plan with an annual coverage deductible of at least $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for families may establish a HSA. Funds saved by the individual in the HSA can be used to pay for health care services before the deductible is reached and to cover out-of-pocket expenses. Qualifying health plans cover expenses beyond the annual deductible. The most important part of HSAs is that the individual owns the account and can transfer money in the account from year to year and job to job. While HSAs are not the right option for everyone, it is my hope that HSAs are, increasingly, an option available to more employees." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Health Care. "Earlier this year, President Obama and Speaker Pelosi forced through their health care bill (H.R. 3590). The new law is deeply flawed. The trillion-dollar law cuts Medicare by more than $500 billion, increases taxes by almost $570 billion and will not reduce the costs of health care for families or businesses. This irresponsible and ineffective new law must be repealed and replaced with fiscally responsible reforms that will reduce costs across the board, improve access to insurance and health care, enact true medical liability reform (tort reform), and ensure the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship -- all without raising taxes or cutting seniors' Medicare benefits. The cost of health care is unsustainable for families, business and government budgets. Too many Americans are uninsured and many more find it difficult to pay their insurance bills every month. As I listen to Kentuckians across the District, I constantly hear frustrations and serious concerns about the new health care law that amounts to nothing more than a government takeover of our health care system." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Geoff Davis supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2007-2008." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Geoff Davis supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 0 percent in 2007-2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Immigration. "Congressman Davis is committed to enforcing our nation's immigration laws: No amnesty or taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants, including welfare and Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: Immigration. "The effects of illegal immigration can be seen in communities across America, taking a heavy toll on our schools, hospitals, and law enforcement community. Now, Democrats in Congress are working to move forward with immigration "reform" that would provide citizenship to many illegal immigrants, expand eligibility for government programs and remove protections to ensure benefits are not received by illegal immigrants. I am fighting to enforcing our current immigration laws and enhance them through the following measures: * No amnesty. * No taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants, including welfare and Social Security * Provide sufficient funding and resources to build the fence to secure America's southern border and increase the number of border patrol agents * Prohibit federal funding for cities that provide sanctuary for violent criminal aliens * End birthright citizenship * Make English our national language" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Geoff Davis. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Geoff Davis voted NO on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan. Project Vote Smart Summary: Geoff Davis voted YES on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Congressman Davis Statement On President Obama's Speech On Afghanistan. 2 December 2009. "Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending President Obama's speech at West Point on his strategy for the War in Afghanistan with Academy cadets and officers, many of whom will be tasked with carrying out that strategy. The President's renewed commitment to preventing Afghanistan from again becoming a safe haven for terrorists is a move in the right direction. However, anything less than total commitment and resolve by the Administration will result in the failure of efforts in Afghanistan with severe consequences for the United States. The President's strategy is based on the advice from General Petraeus, General McChrystal, Ambassador Eikenberry and other commanders on the ground who have direct knowledge of the conflict, as well as his advisors in the White House. However, the President's premature timetable for withdrawal is a cause for significant concern and could hamstring his entire strategy. Although our involvement in Afghanistan must not be open-ended, wars cannot be fought on arbitrary timelines. This communicates to both our allies and our enemies that there is a specific limit to our commitment to this cause. President Obama has defined the mission, General McChrystal has outlined his needs and Congress now has a responsibility to provide the resources necessary so our troops can carry out that mission successfully." (votesmart.org)
  • Geoff Davis. Issue Position: National Security. "The consequences of failure in Iraq and Afghanistan are enormous for our national security, for the Middle East, and for the entire world. The progress made to date is significant, but potentially reversible. More progress needs to be made on the political front to end the War on Terror, and bring America's troops home safely. First and foremost, I stand behind America's military men and women both at home and abroad in the War on Terror." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Geoff Davis. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Geoff Davis voted YES on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)

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