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Scott Garrett's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 5, Republican
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Scott Garrett has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Scott Garrett 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

  • Scott Garrett. Right to Life. 22 January 2008. "So we will keep working to increase the number of States that have substantive parental involvement laws, thereby protecting teens from the abortion propaganda. We will continue to prohibit partial-birth abortions and fight that in other States as well. And we will show by example how to value life." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Scott Garrett voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (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 Scott Garrett a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Abortion. 21 January 2009. "So I applaud efforts of Members who have introduced legislation to protect the health of young mothers and restrict the number of abortions performed here in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "President Obama's insurance plan passed Congress. It did so over the objection of the majority of the American public. So it is time now that we come to the floor to respect that majority of Americans and to ensure that they do not fund abortions simply by paying their taxes every April 15. Therefore, I urge all of my colleagues to support this bill, as I said at the very beginning, the Protect Life Act--the bill that says it all." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "Let me tell you and conclude on this. I'm the father of two beautiful girls. When I look at them, I see the promise of tomorrow. My life is, without question, better for the love I share with them. America is better for each child and life that is here. So I will come to this floor and continue to fight to protect the most fundamental right of the unborn in each of us: the right to life." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Right to Life. 22 January 2008. "So we will keep working to increase the number of States that have substantive parental involvement laws, thereby protecting teens from the abortion propaganda. We will continue to prohibit partial-birth abortions and fight that in other States as well. And we will show by example how to value life." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Scott Garrett voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (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 Scott Garrett a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Abortion. 21 January 2009. "So I applaud efforts of Members who have introduced legislation to protect the health of young mothers and restrict the number of abortions performed here in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "President Obama's insurance plan passed Congress. It did so over the objection of the majority of the American public. So it is time now that we come to the floor to respect that majority of Americans and to ensure that they do not fund abortions simply by paying their taxes every April 15. Therefore, I urge all of my colleagues to support this bill, as I said at the very beginning, the Protect Life Act--the bill that says it all." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "Let me tell you and conclude on this. I'm the father of two beautiful girls. When I look at them, I see the promise of tomorrow. My life is, without question, better for the love I share with them. America is better for each child and life that is here. So I will come to this floor and continue to fight to protect the most fundamental right of the unborn in each of us: the right to life." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Calls for Making Tax Relief Permanent for Families and Small Businesses. 9 August 2006. "I work hard on Capitol Hill to provide you with the tools you need to help our economy grow -an end to the death tax that keeps you from passing on your family businesses to your children, regulatory relief so you can spend less time on paperwork and more time on your business, and tax relief so that you can spend the money you earn on your family budget needs. But you are the ones that create jobs with your small businesses, that buy homes and goods from neighborhood stores, and that keep our economy humming.[...]This is primarily due to an increase in tax revenue traceable to tax relief." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Conference Report on H.R. 1308, Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004. 23 September 2004. "This bill will extend important tax provisions including the $1,000 per child tax credit, marriage tax relief, the expanded 10-percent income tax bracket and one year of additional relief from the alternative minimum tax (AMT)." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 91 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Marks 2012 Tax Day. 28 June 2012. "President Obama continues to ignore the real problems facing our country, choosing instead to hit the campaign trail to push for higher taxes that will do nothing to address our debt crisis, but will do plenty to hurt our economy and stifle job creation. President Obama's so-called "Buffett Rule' is bad policy wrapped up in divisive politics, mixed in with a healthy portion of class warfare. Rather than advancing partisan and unserious tax policies, President Obama and Senate Democrats should join House Republicans to work with us on tax policies that will help small business job creators. House Republicans this week will vote on legislation to lower taxes by providing a 20% tax deduction to small business owners struggling to survive in the Obama economy. With cash-strapped small businesses currently facing federal tax rates as high as 35%, our 20% tax deduction will give America's small business entrepreneurs the financial resources they need to retain and create American jobs. I urge the president and congressional Democrats to abandon their strategy of envy and division and work with us to give small businesses the tools they need to put Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Video: Scott Garrett on Taxes. 8 September 2010. "We need to extend these tax cuts, which basically means keep the tax rates where they are right now going forward. That'll be the best thing we can do for the economy...I've always been one to say that the federal government is spending too much money and that we should be doing everything we possibly can to rein in spending...keep spending down and allow taxes to not go up." (youtu.be)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Economy & Jobs. 15 November 2011. "With our economy on the ropes, Congressman Garrett believes the most important thing we can do right now is foster an economic environment that's accommodating to the American small business community and encourages private-sector job creation. You do that by liberating small businesses from intrusive government regulation and eliminating excessive government spending. You do that by eliminating job-destroying taxes so that small business owners can reinvest their profits into their businesses and create jobs for Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. 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)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Calls for Making Tax Relief Permanent for Families and Small Businesses. 9 August 2006. "I work hard on Capitol Hill to provide you with the tools you need to help our economy grow -an end to the death tax that keeps you from passing on your family businesses to your children, regulatory relief so you can spend less time on paperwork and more time on your business, and tax relief so that you can spend the money you earn on your family budget needs. But you are the ones that create jobs with your small businesses, that buy homes and goods from neighborhood stores, and that keep our economy humming.[...]This is primarily due to an increase in tax revenue traceable to tax relief." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Conference Report on H.R. 1308, Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004. 23 September 2004. "This bill will extend important tax provisions including the $1,000 per child tax credit, marriage tax relief, the expanded 10-percent income tax bracket and one year of additional relief from the alternative minimum tax (AMT)." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 91 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Marks 2012 Tax Day. 28 June 2012. "President Obama continues to ignore the real problems facing our country, choosing instead to hit the campaign trail to push for higher taxes that will do nothing to address our debt crisis, but will do plenty to hurt our economy and stifle job creation. President Obama's so-called "Buffett Rule' is bad policy wrapped up in divisive politics, mixed in with a healthy portion of class warfare. Rather than advancing partisan and unserious tax policies, President Obama and Senate Democrats should join House Republicans to work with us on tax policies that will help small business job creators. House Republicans this week will vote on legislation to lower taxes by providing a 20% tax deduction to small business owners struggling to survive in the Obama economy. With cash-strapped small businesses currently facing federal tax rates as high as 35%, our 20% tax deduction will give America's small business entrepreneurs the financial resources they need to retain and create American jobs. I urge the president and congressional Democrats to abandon their strategy of envy and division and work with us to give small businesses the tools they need to put Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Economy & Jobs. 15 November 2011. "With our economy on the ropes, Congressman Garrett believes the most important thing we can do right now is foster an economic environment that's accommodating to the American small business community and encourages private-sector job creation. You do that by liberating small businesses from intrusive government regulation and eliminating excessive government spending. You do that by eliminating job-destroying taxes so that small business owners can reinvest their profits into their businesses and create jobs for Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Video: Scott Garrett on Taxes. 8 September 2010. "We need to extend these tax cuts, which basically means keep the tax rates where they are right now going forward. That'll be the best thing we can do for the economy...I've always been one to say that the federal government is spending too much money and that we should be doing everything we possibly can to rein in spending...keep spending down and allow taxes to not go up." (youtu.be)
  • Scott Garrett. 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)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Scott Garrett voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. RSC Unveils Proposal to Create Jobs Through Economic Growth. 2 November 2011. "This robust jobs proposal is the right prescription for our ailing economy. Rather than relying on more government spending that would put American taxpayers deeper into debt, our plan creates jobs by growing the economy. Through the right mix of regulatory reform, tax cuts and domestic energy production, this jobs plan will bring immediate relief to our struggling economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. President Obama's Budget Spends Too Much, Taxes Too Much, And Borrows Too Much. 16 March 2011. "But you do not address that, as is done in President Obama's budget, which spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much, by putting in placeholders of $634 billion, which we do not have today, which goes to point three, borrows too much, that $634 billion to pay for our health care today, which will basically come from our kids and our grandkids. We do not solve the affordability issue by simply spending more money and taxing more money." (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 Scott Garrett a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Scott Garrett voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Economy. 15 November 2011. "We must cease the excessive federal spending that continues to bloat our national debt, and create opportunities for private initiatives to spur economic growth. And we must end the government interference in the marketplace that many experts say have helped create our current economic problems." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Economy & Jobs. 15 November 2011. "The so-called "stimulus" plan passed by Democrats failed in its primary purpose -- putting Americans back to work. In January of 2009, the Obama administration predicted that if Congress didn't at quickly to pass its stimulus package, unemployment would go above 8%. Since then, the unemployment rate peaked over 10% and continues to hover at or above 9.5%. Congressman Garrett has long advocated that government spending cannot stimulate the economy because no new wealth is created. The public sector -- by its very nature -- cannot create wealth. Rather than taking money out of the economy, Congressman Garrett believes the government ought to be leaving as much money as possible in the economy so it can be reinvested." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Statement on Obama's Latest Stimulus Proposal. 8 September 2010. "It's downright irresponsible for the president to be proposing another ill-considered stimulus plan that will have little impact on our economy and will do virtually nothing to create jobs for Americans. The president's latest "stimulus' proposal is nothing more than a half-baked scheme, developed in haste by a White House desperate to stave off massive Democrat losses in November. This proposal makes clear what we have known all along -- the Obama White House is more focused on protecting the jobs of its Democrat cronies in Congress than creating jobs for hardworking Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Where are the Jobs? 20 July 2012. "Mr. Speaker, it's a little over 18 months since President Obama signed the so-called economic "stimulus'' bill into law. To say now, as many of my Democratic colleagues continue to do, that this stimulus was somehow a success, that's really an insult to the millions of Americans who are now unemployed and continue to look for work. We've heard repeatedly from our business leaders and economists that one of the biggest impediments to job creation is what this Congress has been doing here every day. I mean, how can businesses be expected to invest and to create jobs when they read in the paper such things that our government is expected to run trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, that banks will now have to conform to 243 new regulations because of that 2,300-page Dodd-Frank bill we just passed, and that next year we will experience in this country the largest tax increase in American history? And, also, the energy prices. Energy prices may skyrocket because of the House-passed cap-and-trade bill. And health insurance premiums, they were promised to go down, but they are going to increase because of the recently passed health care bill. Mr. Speaker, uncertainty is the enemy of economic growth. Thank goodness it's the August recess." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Scott Garrett voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. RSC Unveils Proposal to Create Jobs Through Economic Growth. 2 November 2011. "This robust jobs proposal is the right prescription for our ailing economy. Rather than relying on more government spending that would put American taxpayers deeper into debt, our plan creates jobs by growing the economy. Through the right mix of regulatory reform, tax cuts and domestic energy production, this jobs plan will bring immediate relief to our struggling economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. President Obama's Budget Spends Too Much, Taxes Too Much, And Borrows Too Much. 16 March 2011. "But you do not address that, as is done in President Obama's budget, which spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much, by putting in placeholders of $634 billion, which we do not have today, which goes to point three, borrows too much, that $634 billion to pay for our health care today, which will basically come from our kids and our grandkids. We do not solve the affordability issue by simply spending more money and taxing more money." (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 Scott Garrett a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Scott Garrett voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Economy. 15 November 2011. "We must cease the excessive federal spending that continues to bloat our national debt, and create opportunities for private initiatives to spur economic growth. And we must end the government interference in the marketplace that many experts say have helped create our current economic problems." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Economy & Jobs. 15 November 2011. "The so-called "stimulus" plan passed by Democrats failed in its primary purpose -- putting Americans back to work. In January of 2009, the Obama administration predicted that if Congress didn't at quickly to pass its stimulus package, unemployment would go above 8%. Since then, the unemployment rate peaked over 10% and continues to hover at or above 9.5%. Congressman Garrett has long advocated that government spending cannot stimulate the economy because no new wealth is created. The public sector -- by its very nature -- cannot create wealth. Rather than taking money out of the economy, Congressman Garrett believes the government ought to be leaving as much money as possible in the economy so it can be reinvested." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Statement on Obama's Latest Stimulus Proposal. 8 September 2010. "It's downright irresponsible for the president to be proposing another ill-considered stimulus plan that will have little impact on our economy and will do virtually nothing to create jobs for Americans. The president's latest "stimulus' proposal is nothing more than a half-baked scheme, developed in haste by a White House desperate to stave off massive Democrat losses in November. This proposal makes clear what we have known all along -- the Obama White House is more focused on protecting the jobs of its Democrat cronies in Congress than creating jobs for hardworking Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Where are the Jobs? 20 July 2012. "Mr. Speaker, it's a little over 18 months since President Obama signed the so-called economic "stimulus'' bill into law. To say now, as many of my Democratic colleagues continue to do, that this stimulus was somehow a success, that's really an insult to the millions of Americans who are now unemployed and continue to look for work. We've heard repeatedly from our business leaders and economists that one of the biggest impediments to job creation is what this Congress has been doing here every day. I mean, how can businesses be expected to invest and to create jobs when they read in the paper such things that our government is expected to run trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, that banks will now have to conform to 243 new regulations because of that 2,300-page Dodd-Frank bill we just passed, and that next year we will experience in this country the largest tax increase in American history? And, also, the energy prices. Energy prices may skyrocket because of the House-passed cap-and-trade bill. And health insurance premiums, they were promised to go down, but they are going to increase because of the recently passed health care bill. Mr. Speaker, uncertainty is the enemy of economic growth. Thank goodness it's the August recess." (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Introduces Legislation to Return Education Policy to States. 13 October 2011. "I have grown increasingly concerned with a recurring pattern we have seen over the last decade whereby decisions of education are being wrestled away from state and local officials by bureaucrats in Washington, DC. I do not believe it is in the best interest of our students or our country for the federal government to be dictating a one size fits all, top down approach to education. In order for our students to compete in the 21st century, we need to cut the ties of federal mandates that go along with federal money." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Promotes Overhaul of Education Policy as No Child Left Behind Hits 6 Year Anniversary. 7 January 2008. "This year, I introduced legislation to fix the backwards structure of NCLB, restoring accountability and authority to local educators. HR 3177, the Local Education Authority Returns Now (LEARN) Act, enables states to opt out of the costly and burdensome NCLB law. The LEARN Act gives control back to the parents, the teachers, and the local elected officials, allowing them to pursue local and state education initiatives based on what they believe will best help their students. This means that states and local school districts can set their own standards, enforce their own penalties for failure, and establish their own goals for teachers and students." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Statement by Congressman Garrett on the State of the Union Address. 28 January 2008. "I do, however, have serious concerns about some of the President's new initiatives, particularly those that would expand federal reach into education policy. If we are truly interested in improving public education in America, we need to remove Washington bureaucrats from the equation and return the control and accountability to local communities where they can effectively meet the needs of local students, teachers, and parents." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Return Sovereignty Back To The States, The School Board, And The Parents. 28 March 2007. "We should not waste this unique opportunity that we have now, now that No Child Left Behind is coming up for reauthorization. We should use this as an opportunity to return sovereignty back to the States, and most importantly, back to the parents themselves. So Mr. Speaker, I will close on this to say I look forward to the time when all education decisions are returned back to the States, to the legislatures, to the local school board, and most importantly, to the parents themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Op-Ed - Garrett: Race to the Top Gaffe is a Teachable Moment. 29 August 2010. "While my congressional colleagues and I will do what we can to ensure that New Jersey's application was -- and will continue to be -- treated fairly, it's my hope that no matter what happens, we can take a step back and use this experience as a teachable moment. After all, it is illustrative of a broader problem we face: Greater and greater control of our educational system is being wrested from our local school boards and placed into the hands of faceless bureaucrats in Washington, D.C." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Education. 16 November 2011. "Recognizing that New Jerseyans know more about educating their children than bureaucrats in Washington, Scott Garrett is on the cutting edge of efforts to return control of education policy to parents, teachers, and local schools. And, as Congress considers reauthorization of the sweeping federal education policy known as No Child Left Behind, Scott Garrett is seeking real reform that allows states to opt-out of its Washington cookie cutter approach." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Gazette. 10 October 2007. "Let's give control back to states and local authorities, let's put education policy back in the hands where it belongs." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Education Policy is a Local Issue. 13 October 2011. "Our education system will not improve until we remove Washington bureaucrats from the equation. It's time to return to the system our founders envisioned; it's time to return education policy back to the local communities; it's time to start putting our children first." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Introduces Legislation to Return Education Policy to States. 13 October 2011. "I have grown increasingly concerned with a recurring pattern we have seen over the last decade whereby decisions of education are being wrestled away from state and local officials by bureaucrats in Washington, DC. I do not believe it is in the best interest of our students or our country for the federal government to be dictating a one size fits all, top down approach to education. In order for our students to compete in the 21st century, we need to cut the ties of federal mandates that go along with federal money." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Promotes Overhaul of Education Policy as No Child Left Behind Hits 6 Year Anniversary. 7 January 2008. "This year, I introduced legislation to fix the backwards structure of NCLB, restoring accountability and authority to local educators. HR 3177, the Local Education Authority Returns Now (LEARN) Act, enables states to opt out of the costly and burdensome NCLB law. The LEARN Act gives control back to the parents, the teachers, and the local elected officials, allowing them to pursue local and state education initiatives based on what they believe will best help their students. This means that states and local school districts can set their own standards, enforce their own penalties for failure, and establish their own goals for teachers and students." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Statement by Congressman Garrett on the State of the Union Address. 28 January 2008. "I do, however, have serious concerns about some of the President's new initiatives, particularly those that would expand federal reach into education policy. If we are truly interested in improving public education in America, we need to remove Washington bureaucrats from the equation and return the control and accountability to local communities where they can effectively meet the needs of local students, teachers, and parents." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Return Sovereignty Back To The States, The School Board, And The Parents. 28 March 2007. "We should not waste this unique opportunity that we have now, now that No Child Left Behind is coming up for reauthorization. We should use this as an opportunity to return sovereignty back to the States, and most importantly, back to the parents themselves. So Mr. Speaker, I will close on this to say I look forward to the time when all education decisions are returned back to the States, to the legislatures, to the local school board, and most importantly, to the parents themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Op-Ed - Garrett: Race to the Top Gaffe is a Teachable Moment. 29 August 2010. "While my congressional colleagues and I will do what we can to ensure that New Jersey's application was -- and will continue to be -- treated fairly, it's my hope that no matter what happens, we can take a step back and use this experience as a teachable moment. After all, it is illustrative of a broader problem we face: Greater and greater control of our educational system is being wrested from our local school boards and placed into the hands of faceless bureaucrats in Washington, D.C." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Education. 16 November 2011. "Recognizing that New Jerseyans know more about educating their children than bureaucrats in Washington, Scott Garrett is on the cutting edge of efforts to return control of education policy to parents, teachers, and local schools. And, as Congress considers reauthorization of the sweeping federal education policy known as No Child Left Behind, Scott Garrett is seeking real reform that allows states to opt-out of its Washington cookie cutter approach." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Gazette. 10 October 2007. "Let's give control back to states and local authorities, let's put education policy back in the hands where it belongs." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Education Policy is a Local Issue. 13 October 2011. "Our education system will not improve until we remove Washington bureaucrats from the equation. It's time to return to the system our founders envisioned; it's time to return education policy back to the local communities; it's time to start putting our children first." (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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  • Scott Garrett. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Scott Garrett voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Video: Scott Garrett on Climate Change. 24 September 2010. "Scott Garrett: I believe that Congress should be taking action on this general area but not in the area of trying to rein in global warming, just the opposite...The administration is taking action to try to pass regulations on the regulatory side because they can't get it done through the legislative side and I think that really points out the real question that still exists in a lot of peoples minds...on the area of global warming and what role government should have in this realm. Interviewer: But do you believe that human activity is causing global warming? SG: I've heard a number of experts from both sides of the equation on this issue and to me the evidence or the question is still out there. I think that before Congress takes some action such as the cap and trade which would effectively raise a, what was it, $1500 or $3000 tax on every household in this country, that congress should not be moving just too quickly...until these questions are answered." (www.youtube.com)
  • Scott Garrett. Where are the Jobs? 20 July 2012. "I mean, how can businesses be expected to invest and to create jobs when they read in the paper such things that our government is expected to run trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, that banks will now have to conform to 243 new regulations because of that 2,300-page Dodd-Frank bill we just passed, and that next year we will experience in this country the largest tax increase in American history? [¦] Mr. Speaker, uncertainty is the enemy of economic growth. Thank goodness it's the August recess." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Letter to The Honorable Hillary Clinton. 10 December 2010. "We state categorically that we will do anything and everything within our power to prevent cap-and-trade legislation as it is currently proposed from ever becoming law in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Scott Garrett voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Video: Scott Garrett on Climate Change. 24 September 2010. "Scott Garrett: I believe that Congress should be taking action on this general area but not in the area of trying to rein in global warming, just the opposite...The administration is taking action to try to pass regulations on the regulatory side because they can't get it done through the legislative side and I think that really points out the real question that still exists in a lot of peoples minds...on the area of global warming and what role government should have in this realm. Interviewer: But do you believe that human activity is causing global warming? SG: I've heard a number of experts from both sides of the equation on this issue and to me the evidence or the question is still out there. I think that before Congress takes some action such as the cap and trade which would effectively raise a, what was it, $1500 or $3000 tax on every household in this country, that congress should not be moving just too quickly...until these questions are answered." (www.youtube.com)
  • Scott Garrett. Where are the Jobs? 20 July 2012. "I mean, how can businesses be expected to invest and to create jobs when they read in the paper such things that our government is expected to run trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, that banks will now have to conform to 243 new regulations because of that 2,300-page Dodd-Frank bill we just passed, and that next year we will experience in this country the largest tax increase in American history? [¦] Mr. Speaker, uncertainty is the enemy of economic growth. Thank goodness it's the August recess." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Letter to The Honorable Hillary Clinton. 10 December 2010. "We state categorically that we will do anything and everything within our power to prevent cap-and-trade legislation as it is currently proposed from ever becoming law in the United States." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Scott Garrett a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Scott Garrett a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Scott Garrett. Garrett: President's Speech Heavy on Platitudes, Light on Substance. 8 September 2011. "It's time for the president to do away with the speeches and start working with House Republicans in a constructive manner to put Americans back to work. That includes balancing the budget and paying down our debt, removing unnecessary and duplicative regulations, streamlining our tax code, and rolling back ObamaCare. House Republicans have already passed more than a dozen bills to address these areas only to see them left to die on the vine in the Senate. If President Obama wants to bring down unemployment, he should tell Senator Reid to give them the attention they deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Votes to Repeal Job-Destroying Health Care Bill. 19 January 2011. "Today's vote was the first step toward undoing the damage the Democrats' job-destroying health care bill has inflicted on our economy and our way of life. I voted to repeal the health care bill because I remain convinced it is a fundamentally flawed piece of legislation that is stifling economic growth and job creation in the United States. Not just that, but I believe the individual mandate is unconstitutional and in direct opposition to the vision the founding fathers had for our country. Having voted to repeal the Democrats' job-destroying health care bill, I understand how important it is that Republicans offer alternative solutions to reforming health care in the United States. We need to replace this misguided legislation with real reforms that do not come at the expense of American jobs and economic prosperity. Republicans remain committed to lowering health care costs, expanding access to all Americans and preventing government intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Statement on Virginia Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of Health Care Law. 13 December 2010. "The ruling today in Virginia confirmed what I've been saying since the beginning -- the federal health care law isn't just bad public policy, it's unconstitutional. The individual mandate represents an unprecedented power-grab by the federal government that undermines the vision our founding fathers had for this country. While I believe the Supreme Court will ultimately find the health care law unconstitutional, I'm prepared to move aggressively in the 112th Congress to ensure passage of legislation to repeal the individual mandate and end this debate once and for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Statement on One Year Anniversary of ObamaCare. 23 March 2011. "Having voted to repeal ObamaCare, I understand how important it is that Republicans offer alternative solutions to reforming health care in the United States. I remain committed to replacing ObamaCare with market-based solutions that do not come at the expense of our individual liberties and our country's long-term economic prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Statement on Florida Health Care Lawsuit. 31 January 2011. "The ruling today in Florida reconfirmed U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson's December decision, and what I've been saying since March -- the federal health care law isn't just bad public policy, it's unconstitutional. I understand that Congress has the right to pass legislation that is bad policy, however it is bad practice for Congress to pass unconstitutional legislation and leave it to the courts to overturn. The individual mandate represents an unprecedented power-grab by the federal government that undermines the vision our founding fathers had for this country. While I believe the Supreme Court will ultimately find the health care law unconstitutional, I have already introduced legislation in the 112th Congress that would repeal the individual mandate and end this debate once and for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Joins ACLJ in Filing Amicus Brief Challenging Health Care Law. 30 November 2010. "The federal health care law isn't just bad public policy, it's unconstitutional. As countless constitutional scholars have pointed out, our founding fathers never envisioned a federal government with such expansive powers," said Garrett. "Forcing Americans to purchase health insurance under penalty of law represents an unprecedented power-grab by the federal government and would set a dangerous precedent for the future. If we were to give Congress this power under the Constitution, then there would be virtually no limit on its authority to compel our country's citizens to comply with the whims of future congressional majorities. I submit that the federal health care law will be found unconstitutional when it is litigated in our courts." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, on rollcall No. 13, had I been present, I would have voted `nay.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "President Obama's insurance plan passed Congress. It did so over the objection of the majority of the American public. So it is time now that we come to the floor to respect that majority of Americans and to ensure that they do not fund abortions simply by paying their taxes every April 15. Therefore, I urge all of my colleagues to support this bill, as I said at the very beginning, the Protect Life Act--the bill that says it all." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett: President's Speech Heavy on Platitudes, Light on Substance. 8 September 2011. "It's time for the president to do away with the speeches and start working with House Republicans in a constructive manner to put Americans back to work. That includes balancing the budget and paying down our debt, removing unnecessary and duplicative regulations, streamlining our tax code, and rolling back ObamaCare. House Republicans have already passed more than a dozen bills to address these areas only to see them left to die on the vine in the Senate. If President Obama wants to bring down unemployment, he should tell Senator Reid to give them the attention they deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Votes to Repeal Job-Destroying Health Care Bill. 19 January 2011. "Today's vote was the first step toward undoing the damage the Democrats' job-destroying health care bill has inflicted on our economy and our way of life. I voted to repeal the health care bill because I remain convinced it is a fundamentally flawed piece of legislation that is stifling economic growth and job creation in the United States. Not just that, but I believe the individual mandate is unconstitutional and in direct opposition to the vision the founding fathers had for our country. Having voted to repeal the Democrats' job-destroying health care bill, I understand how important it is that Republicans offer alternative solutions to reforming health care in the United States. We need to replace this misguided legislation with real reforms that do not come at the expense of American jobs and economic prosperity. Republicans remain committed to lowering health care costs, expanding access to all Americans and preventing government intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Statement on Virginia Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of Health Care Law. 13 December 2010. "The ruling today in Virginia confirmed what I've been saying since the beginning -- the federal health care law isn't just bad public policy, it's unconstitutional. The individual mandate represents an unprecedented power-grab by the federal government that undermines the vision our founding fathers had for this country. While I believe the Supreme Court will ultimately find the health care law unconstitutional, I'm prepared to move aggressively in the 112th Congress to ensure passage of legislation to repeal the individual mandate and end this debate once and for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Statement on One Year Anniversary of ObamaCare. 23 March 2011. "Having voted to repeal ObamaCare, I understand how important it is that Republicans offer alternative solutions to reforming health care in the United States. I remain committed to replacing ObamaCare with market-based solutions that do not come at the expense of our individual liberties and our country's long-term economic prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Statement on Florida Health Care Lawsuit. 31 January 2011. "The ruling today in Florida reconfirmed U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson's December decision, and what I've been saying since March -- the federal health care law isn't just bad public policy, it's unconstitutional. I understand that Congress has the right to pass legislation that is bad policy, however it is bad practice for Congress to pass unconstitutional legislation and leave it to the courts to overturn. The individual mandate represents an unprecedented power-grab by the federal government that undermines the vision our founding fathers had for this country. While I believe the Supreme Court will ultimately find the health care law unconstitutional, I have already introduced legislation in the 112th Congress that would repeal the individual mandate and end this debate once and for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Joins ACLJ in Filing Amicus Brief Challenging Health Care Law. 30 November 2010. "The federal health care law isn't just bad public policy, it's unconstitutional. As countless constitutional scholars have pointed out, our founding fathers never envisioned a federal government with such expansive powers," said Garrett. "Forcing Americans to purchase health insurance under penalty of law represents an unprecedented power-grab by the federal government and would set a dangerous precedent for the future. If we were to give Congress this power under the Constitution, then there would be virtually no limit on its authority to compel our country's citizens to comply with the whims of future congressional majorities. I submit that the federal health care law will be found unconstitutional when it is litigated in our courts." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, on rollcall No. 13, had I been present, I would have voted `nay.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "President Obama's insurance plan passed Congress. It did so over the objection of the majority of the American public. So it is time now that we come to the floor to respect that majority of Americans and to ensure that they do not fund abortions simply by paying their taxes every April 15. Therefore, I urge all of my colleagues to support this bill, as I said at the very beginning, the Protect Life Act--the bill that says it all." (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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  • Scott Garrett. Statement by Rep. Garrett on Illegal Immigrant Amnesty Proposal. 21 May 2007. "To my mind, this so-called compromise is a non-starter. First, it fails to ensure operational control of our borders, compromising nothing but our safety. And, all the while it grants amnesty to millions who broke the law to cut in line in front of immigrants who spent many years and dollars to be part of the American dream legally. I hear from constituents nearly every day who are legal residents or naturalized citizens who bought into American notions of rule of law, equality, and justice. They're the first to sense the extraordinary unfairness of amnesty and they'll be the first to experience that unfairness as well. This proposal will first be considered in the Senate and then in the House of Representatives. Rest assured that I will be working hard to see that it is defeated." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Rep. Scott Garrett Hails Today's Senate Immigration Vote . 28 June 2007. "I'm pleased that the Senate amnesty bill failed with a 46-53 vote today. I'm glad the Senate got to the bottom line, they realized that their bill failed to ensure operational control of our borders, compromising our nation's security. It also rewarded amnesty to millions who are currently living in our country illegally. Rather than punishing them for breaking our nation's laws, their bill would have granted them immediate legal status. It jumped them to the front of the line where many immigrants who spent many years and many dollars to legally be part of the American dream are currently waiting. Today's vote proves that the American people, who are tired of weak immigration proposals, have been heard. Our nation needs a strong immigration plan with strong border security that does not provide amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Scott Garrett voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Immigration. 15 November 2011. "The United States is a nation of immigrants; but it is also a nation of laws. Our rich heritage of rule of law, blind justice, and equal opportunity is part of what draws people to our nation. And, it would be a disservice to all if we were to ignore that history for the sake of quick political gain or ease of administration, as some suggest. Leaky borders not only invite circumvention of our immigration laws, but also open our nation up to extraordinary national security risks. Scott Garrett is working to ensure that our borders are sealed and that we're doing all we can to encourage those who want to immigrate to this country to do so through legal means. His staff work hard every day to help Fifth District residents with green card, visa, and citizenship issues. In fact, Scott Garrett and his staff are particularly proud of the work they do to help American couples adopt children from overseas and he is a cosponsor of legislation to ensure that red tape and government bureaucracy don't keep these loving families from coming together." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Halting Illegal Immigration. 15 November 2011. "Scott is an outspoken leader in opposing amnesty for those who broke our laws to cut in line in front of immigrants who spent many years and dollars to be part of the American dream legally. Rewarding those who have no respect for the rules is not a good policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Applauds President's State of the Union Speech. 20 January 2004. "I look forward to working with the White House to create an immigration policy that addresses the issues that concern American citizens - protecting our border and strengthening our homeland security. I am ready to work with the President to address this issue that he has appropriately brought to the forefront of Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. 72 Members Tell Senate: Enforcement First, No Amnesty. 16 March 2006. "No Amnesty: Rewarding persons who have broken the law with an advantage that they would not otherwise have had encourages more illegal behavior and is unjust to immigrants who came to the U.S. Legally." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Statement by Rep. Garrett on Illegal Immigrant Amnesty Proposal. 21 May 2007. "To my mind, this so-called compromise is a non-starter. First, it fails to ensure operational control of our borders, compromising nothing but our safety. And, all the while it grants amnesty to millions who broke the law to cut in line in front of immigrants who spent many years and dollars to be part of the American dream legally. I hear from constituents nearly every day who are legal residents or naturalized citizens who bought into American notions of rule of law, equality, and justice. They're the first to sense the extraordinary unfairness of amnesty and they'll be the first to experience that unfairness as well. This proposal will first be considered in the Senate and then in the House of Representatives. Rest assured that I will be working hard to see that it is defeated." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Rep. Scott Garrett Hails Today's Senate Immigration Vote . 28 June 2007. "I'm pleased that the Senate amnesty bill failed with a 46-53 vote today. I'm glad the Senate got to the bottom line, they realized that their bill failed to ensure operational control of our borders, compromising our nation's security. It also rewarded amnesty to millions who are currently living in our country illegally. Rather than punishing them for breaking our nation's laws, their bill would have granted them immediate legal status. It jumped them to the front of the line where many immigrants who spent many years and many dollars to legally be part of the American dream are currently waiting. Today's vote proves that the American people, who are tired of weak immigration proposals, have been heard. Our nation needs a strong immigration plan with strong border security that does not provide amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Scott Garrett voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Immigration. 15 November 2011. "The United States is a nation of immigrants; but it is also a nation of laws. Our rich heritage of rule of law, blind justice, and equal opportunity is part of what draws people to our nation. And, it would be a disservice to all if we were to ignore that history for the sake of quick political gain or ease of administration, as some suggest. Leaky borders not only invite circumvention of our immigration laws, but also open our nation up to extraordinary national security risks. Scott Garrett is working to ensure that our borders are sealed and that we're doing all we can to encourage those who want to immigrate to this country to do so through legal means. His staff work hard every day to help Fifth District residents with green card, visa, and citizenship issues. In fact, Scott Garrett and his staff are particularly proud of the work they do to help American couples adopt children from overseas and he is a cosponsor of legislation to ensure that red tape and government bureaucracy don't keep these loving families from coming together." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Halting Illegal Immigration. 15 November 2011. "Scott is an outspoken leader in opposing amnesty for those who broke our laws to cut in line in front of immigrants who spent many years and dollars to be part of the American dream legally. Rewarding those who have no respect for the rules is not a good policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Applauds President's State of the Union Speech. 20 January 2004. "I look forward to working with the White House to create an immigration policy that addresses the issues that concern American citizens - protecting our border and strengthening our homeland security. I am ready to work with the President to address this issue that he has appropriately brought to the forefront of Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. 72 Members Tell Senate: Enforcement First, No Amnesty. 16 March 2006. "No Amnesty: Rewarding persons who have broken the law with an advantage that they would not otherwise have had encourages more illegal behavior and is unjust to immigrants who came to the U.S. Legally." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Family. 15 November 2011. "Scott Garrett has been a strong supporter of a pro-family Congressional agenda that covers all aspects important to a vital and health family life, including initiatives to preserve the sanctity of marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Supports President Bush's Call for Federal Marriage Amendment. 24 February 2004. "I support the President in his call for a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution. Our kids need strong families, and strong families work best when kids have a mom and a dad at home, engaged in their lives. We rely on this definition of family for stability, prosperity, and vitality. When we tinker with that definition or allow courts to throw it out the window, we're in trouble." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 3 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Scott Garrett voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 19 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Scott Garrett voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "If we redefine marriage, it will harm everyone, especially the children. It will legally repudiate the idea that marriage has anything to do with a family, and will legally embrace the idea that marriage is just an arrangement for the convenience of the grownups. Now, I am here today to support what is best for the kids. The ideal situation for a child is to grow up with a mom and a dad in a loving, committed marriage. Mothers are better able to provide certain lessons than fathers can, and fathers in turn can provide role models in ways that moms simply cannot." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Family. 15 November 2011. "Scott Garrett has been a strong supporter of a pro-family Congressional agenda that covers all aspects important to a vital and health family life, including initiatives to preserve the sanctity of marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Garrett Supports President Bush's Call for Federal Marriage Amendment. 24 February 2004. "I support the President in his call for a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution. Our kids need strong families, and strong families work best when kids have a mom and a dad at home, engaged in their lives. We rely on this definition of family for stability, prosperity, and vitality. When we tinker with that definition or allow courts to throw it out the window, we're in trouble." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 3 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Scott Garrett voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Garrett in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Scott Garrett voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 19 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Scott Garrett voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "If we redefine marriage, it will harm everyone, especially the children. It will legally repudiate the idea that marriage has anything to do with a family, and will legally embrace the idea that marriage is just an arrangement for the convenience of the grownups. Now, I am here today to support what is best for the kids. The ideal situation for a child is to grow up with a mom and a dad in a loving, committed marriage. Mothers are better able to provide certain lessons than fathers can, and fathers in turn can provide role models in ways that moms simply cannot." (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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  • Scott Garrett. Ridgewood Blog: A Message from your Congressman Scott Garrett. 25 June 2007. "If our fight to defeat the terrorists is to be successful, we must partner with other peace-loving nations around the globe. U.S. programs that foster cooperation with those nations need to be a priority in our foreign operations spending. In contrast, the United Nations hasn't always been a strong partner in the Global War on Terror. In fact, the UN continues to struggle with even defining terrorism and continues to put nations engaged in state-sponsored terror in positions of authority at the world body." (theridgewoodblog.net)
  • Scott Garrett. Ridgewood Blog: A Message from your Congressman Scott Garrett. 25 June 2007. "If our fight to defeat the terrorists is to be successful, we must partner with other peace-loving nations around the globe. U.S. programs that foster cooperation with those nations need to be a priority in our foreign operations spending. In contrast, the United Nations hasn't always been a strong partner in the Global War on Terror. In fact, the UN continues to struggle with even defining terrorism and continues to put nations engaged in state-sponsored terror in positions of authority at the world body." (theridgewoodblog.net)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Senior Citizens. 15 November 2011. "Through his work on the Budget Committee, Scott Garrett has closely monitored the explosion of entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare. He is increasingly concerned about the unsustainable costs that will be borne by our children and our children's children. It is abundantly clear that we must review how we can strengthen such programs. Out of basic fairness, there can be no changes to Social Security for those seniors now receiving benefits or close to retirement. Furthermore, we cannot find a solution that increases payroll taxes on American workers. Finally, we should consider allowing tomorrow's seniors the opportunity to voluntarily save a portion of their payroll taxes in personalized accounts for their own use during their retirement years." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 10 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Scott Garrett supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 10 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Garrett. Issue Position: Senior Citizens. 15 November 2011. "Through his work on the Budget Committee, Scott Garrett has closely monitored the explosion of entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare. He is increasingly concerned about the unsustainable costs that will be borne by our children and our children's children. It is abundantly clear that we must review how we can strengthen such programs. Out of basic fairness, there can be no changes to Social Security for those seniors now receiving benefits or close to retirement. Furthermore, we cannot find a solution that increases payroll taxes on American workers. Finally, we should consider allowing tomorrow's seniors the opportunity to voluntarily save a portion of their payroll taxes in personalized accounts for their own use during their retirement years." (votesmart.org)

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