Attorney General Jeff Sessions III's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Attorney General, Republican
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Jeff Sessions III has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee (
  • Sessions has been a consistent supporter of pro-life policies. He is an original co-sponsor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 and belives that sanctity of life begins at conception. (

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  • "Instead of collecting more taxes from American workers, Jeff believes the government should curb its wasteful spending. He continues to fight for a simpler, smarter and fairer tax code that promotes growth and lets taxpayers keep more of their own money." (

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  • "Senator Sessions knows that low taxes lead to economic growth, and he believes that Americans know how to spend their hard earned money better than politicians in Washington. Putting money back in the pocketbooks of taxpayers allows indivduals to invest in the future of our country." (

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  • "Sessions strongly believes that education policy should not be dictated by the federal bureaucracy--and that more control should be placed in the hands of local communities and parents." (

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  • Letter to the President: "We are writing to request that you approve the Keystone XL Pipeline permit application without further delay. In 2011, Secretary Clinton said a decision would come before the end of 2011. On March 14, 2013, you told the Senate Republican caucus that you would make a decision on the Presidential Permit before the end of the year. We are still waiting on that decision." (
  • The Washington Post editorial board wrote last week that the President's decision to delay the Keystone Pipeline was ``absurd.'' This is an independent, liberal-leaning newspaper that cares about the environment. So it seems the President is clearly acquiescing in favor of special interests. (

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  • Alabamians are also deeply troubled by the prospect that the EPA's proposal will further erode the primary role of the states in managing electricity generation and determining the mix of energy sources that work best for them in their specific circumstances. In Alabama, our electricity is generated from a range of sources--nuclear, coal, natural gas, hydropower and renewables. Those decisions should not be dictated by EPA officials in Washington, D.C. Perhaps ironically, the EPA's chosen formula for establishing CO2 emission reduction targets disadvantages states with nuclear power, which is the nation's most significant source of emission-free electric generation. (
  • "Mr. President, the President's Environmental Protection Agency today--a group that directly reports to him and which reflects his decisions about environmental matters--has issued a new proposed regulation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing powerplants by 30 percent by the year 2030. Those are existing plants, and they cannot be operated and have that kind of reduction unless they have carbon capture, and there is no technology feasible with any reasonable--there is technology, but it is not feasible economically to capture carbon. So it is a dramatic hammering of a major portion of the baseload electricity production in America. It just is, and it is going to drive up costs." (

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  • Jeff is a strong proponent of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. He supports legislation that protects the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms (
  • National Rifle Association Endorsement2012 Rating of 83% by Gun Owners of America (

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  • Only two years ago, after the Affordable Care Act was passed, CBO expected real growth this year, 2014, would be 4.6 percent. After these misses, CBO is now forecasting only 2.7 percent growth for this year. (

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  • "He is committed to remaining vigilant and fighting for a sound immigration system that promotes rising wages, secure borders, and the constitutional rule of law." (
  • "With an unprecedented illegal immigration crisis raging, the President announces not enforcement actions to reduce illegality, but yet one more in an endless series of executive actions to further undermine immigration law. Once more, he has taken unilateral executive action that signals to the world that our borders are not being enforced." (

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  • "Sessions believes that a marriage is union between a man and women, and has routinely critized the U.S. Supreme Court and activist lower courts when they try to judicially redefine marriage." (

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

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  • "Jeff Sessions believes that a promise has been made to existing retirees and the federal government must honor that promise by protecting benefits for those already receiving Social Security and Medicare." (


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