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Scott Tipton's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CO) - District 3, Republican
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Scott Tipton has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Scott Tipton 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 2016, 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

  • "I am pro-life and believe abortion should be limited to cases that involve rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535147/issue-position-traditional-family-values#.VWzizHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-life, but do make exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. In Congress, I will have little say in overturning Roe v. Wade. However, so long as this is the law of the land, I will work tirelessly to ensure life is respected under the framework of the law. We need to make abortion more infrequent through encouraging adoption and better educating our youth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/220056/#.VXHSnXUVikq (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "Reduced spending should be the order of the day, not raising taxes. Do we need tax reform? We do. We can make the system simpler and fairer by addressing loopholes and establishing reasonable rates." http://tipton.house.gov/issue/taxes (tipton.house.gov)
  • "High taxes steal limited resources away from private individuals and businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535143/issue-position-economy#.VWzdOnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The U.S. currently has the highest combined corporate income tax rate of any developed nation in the world which discourages foreign investment and drives jobs overseas. I sponsored H.R. 1074, to reduce the corporate income, capital gains and dividends tax rates to 10 percent to encourage capital investment and economic growth. I supports broad reform and simplification of the U.S. tax code to encourage job creation and economic growth." http://tipton.house.gov/issue/economy#Tax%20Reform (tipton.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The path to growing the economy, creating jobs, and increasing wages is not found through more federal spending, taxes on job creators and government mandates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/853413/tipton-statement-on-presidents-budget-proposal/?search=federal%20spending#.VW29m3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Increased government spending, high taxes, and ballooning deficits are slowly bleeding the private sector as the government takes a larger and larger role in our lives." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535143/issue-position-economy#.VWzdOnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • " Plainly stated—our spending is unsustainable and it must be addressed. We must rein in our spending in a responsible way. Some programs need large cuts, others we must be smarter about, and cut only where it’s needed." https://www.votetipton.com/issues-spending.html (www.votetipton.com)
  • "My top priority is getting people back to work across the country. It’s time that we take a hard look at our budget priorities and rein in the government overreach that is impeding private-sector job creation." http://tipton.house.gov/issue/economy#Small%20Business (tipton.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The President's proposal is more of the same--increased taxes, more debt, and bigger government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/853413/tipton-statement-on-presidents-budget-proposal/?search=federal%20spending#.VW29m3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Increased government spending, high taxes, and ballooning deficits are slowly bleeding the private sector as the government takes a larger and larger role in our lives." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535143/issue-position-economy#.VWzdOnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While promoting basic statewide standards, I will work to protect local control so that we can ensure we prepare our students with the tools they need to succeed in life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535150/issue-position-education/?search=Education#.VW2-S3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Rather than increasing local control over education, the administration is requiring that states hand over more control to Washington in order to get some temporary relief through waivers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/670800/tipton-states-need-genuine-relief-from-no-child-left-behind/?search=Education#.VW2-nnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "States are being required to surrender control of the content taught in local schools by having to agree to national standards and tests. Education matters are best handled at the local level, trusting our teachers, parents, school boards and communities to make decisions for our children--not Washington. If we follow the 'Washington knows best' mentality, then Washington will continue to direct our much needed education dollars toward meeting the costs of administration, rather than enriching the minds of our children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/670800/tipton-states-need-genuine-relief-from-no-child-left-behind/?search=Education#.VW83DXUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "I support local control for states, communities, parents and educators to make education decisions and craft custom lesson plans to meet individual needs and most effectively educate our children." http://tipton.house.gov/issue/education (tipton.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 "Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VWzjanUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "There's no viable reason left for the President to obstruct the Keystone Pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/945159/tipton-put-americans-to-work-build-the-keystone-pipeline/?search=Keystone%20pipeline#.VW2-93UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In this last year, we passed a bill that I presented, planning for America's energy future, that enumerated that all-of-the-above strategy--wind, solar, hydroelectric energy, as well as coal, gas, our natural resources, to be able to develop them right here in America, to put our people back to work, and to be able to create that energy certainty." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/781540/energy-independence#.VW3CZXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Sponsored and voted in favor of H.R.4381 "Planning for American Energy Act of 2012" https://www.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/house-bill/4381/all-actions?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22hr4381%5C%22%22%5D%7D (www.congress.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/13057/34389/65403/34389/65403/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly oppose the cap and tax legislation recently passed in the House of Representatives and currently under consideration in the Senate." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535145/issue-position-cap-and-trade#.VWzcgnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support legislation that increases concealed carry permits and will oppose any efforts to restrict law-abiding citizens from owning a firearm." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535149/issue-position-protecting-our-second-amendment-rights#.VWzdBnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I firmly believe that restricting access to firearms for law-abiding Americans will not prevent attacks by warped and radicalized individuals with terrorist ties who are set on killing innocent Americans." https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanScottTipton (www.facebook.com)
  • "As a gun owner and a lifelong member of the NRA, I am committed to ensuring that neither the federal nor state government infringe on the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. I will oppose any efforts to restrict law-abiding citizens from owning a firearm." https://www.votetipton.com/issues-2ndamend.html (www.votetipton.com)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/65403/scott-tipton/37#.VW3Db3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must repeal because ObamaCare will be toxic to the relationship between government and citizen, toxic to the natural rights and freedom of the individual, and toxic to the welfare and prosperity of the nation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535144/issue-position-health-care#.VWzcy3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I’m proud to say that I’ve voted with my House colleagues to repeal, replace and defund this bad law many times, and will continue do so [...]" http://tipton.house.gov/issue/healthcare (tipton.house.gov)
  • "Obamacare has made it near impossible for health insurers to provide plans in our state. This is evidenced by the recent announcement that over 92,000 more Coloradans will have their insurance plans cancelled at the end of the year. This week, the House released a strong plan to repeal and replace Obamacare." https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanScottTipton (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/5759?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22H.R.+759%2C+the+Preventing+Executive+Overreach+Immigration+Act+2014%22%5D%7D (www.congress.gov)
  • "I believe it is important that we continue to welcome those who seek to come to this country legally, but I strongly oppose amnesty or any special benefits for illegal immigrants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535148/issue-position-immigration#.VWziDXUVhHx (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman and that the marriage-centered family is the foundation of our society. " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535147/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I am opposed to any marriage other than one between one man and one woman. However, I do not believe homosexuals should receive prejudicial treatment when it comes to visitation rights, estate planning or taxation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/220056/#.VW84GnUVikp (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "They are extremists. They are animals. We need to take them out." http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20140904/NEWS01/140909835/Tipton-calls-on-Obama-to-fight-ISIS- (www.durangoherald.com)
  • The Pueblo Chieftain "Rep. Scott Tipton said Obama’s call for a three-year effort — authorizing special-operations troops, search and rescue missions, air strikes and short-term ground operations — wasn’t detailed enough. 'He’s talking about air strikes and more local participation (from Arab allies) but we’re not seeing a real plan.'" https://buck.house.gov/media-center/in-the-news/gop-lawmakers-it-s-obama-s-job-plan-fight-against-isis (buck.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am firmly opposed to privatizing Social Security." http://votetipton.com/issues-socialsecurity.html (votetipton.com)

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Inferred Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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