Representative Scott R. Tipton's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Scott R. Tipton
Current Office: U.S. House - District 3, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jean; 2 Children: Liesl, Elizabeth
Birth Date: 11/09/1956
Birth Place: Espanola, NM
Home City: Cortez, CO
Religion: Christian
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Issue Positions

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  • Scott Tipton. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Scott Tipton voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Scott Tipton voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Grazier. The Cortez Journal - Tipton Makes It Official. "Tipton, 49, defines himself as a pro-life, fiscal conservative who supports the war on terror and the Iraqi war. He favors tax cuts and securing U.S. borders not only to combat terrorism but also to help prevent illegal immigration. If elected, Tipton said, he will fight to provide quality health care, eliminate the inheritance tax, combat illegal drugs like methamphetamine, protect Colorado's eminent domain (property and water) and safeguard Second Amendment rights. "'Government needs a swift kick. In Congress I will rattle that gilded cage.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Family Values. "This has influenced my feelings on abortion. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Traditional Family Values. "I am pro-life and I believe abortion should be limited to cases that involve rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother. I would support a constitutional amendment to protect the unborn human life. In Congress I will work to institute a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. I will oppose all federal funding of abortion and to support federally elected judges who take a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Tipton in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Scott Tipton. Tipton: Give Petraeus a chance in Afghanistan. 22 October 2010. "Spending cuts, however, shouldn't be allowed to affect the U.S. commitment to victory in Afghanistan, Tipton told one political opponent who attended the rally. 'I would give Gen. (David) Petraeus the chance to implement his plan' for Afghanistan, where American forces have been battling the Taliban and al-Qaida for more than nine years, Tipton said. 'We would be there to win because we can't afford to lose.'" (www.gjsentinel.com)
  • Scott Tipton. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Checked: "Opposes" for: "The president's proposal to begin troop withdrawals from Afghanistan by July 2011 is realistic." (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Tipton: Give Petraeus a chance in Afghanistan. 22 October 2010. "Spending cuts, however, shouldn't be allowed to affect the U.S. commitment to victory in Afghanistan, Tipton told one political opponent who attended the rally. "I would give Gen. (David) Petraeus the chance to implement his plan" for Afghanistan, where American forces have been battling the Taliban and al-Qaida for more than nine years, Tipton said. "We would be there to win because we can't afford to lose." (www.gjsentinel.com)
  • Scott Tipton. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Scott Tipton voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Scott Tipton. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Scott Tipton voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: National Security. 13 July 2011. "Defending and protecting our country against terrorism at home and abroad is of vital importance to our future safety and security. Defense spending must always be our top priority. We have an obligation to provide our troops -- who risk their lives on our behalf -- with the best equipment, training, and leadership. We must invest in the resources -- people and technology -- necessary to ensure that our military has access to the best intelligence so that they are able to immediately respond to any emerging threats anywhere in the world. We must continue to promote peace and democracy in Iraq. We must not let Iran develop nuclear weapons, under any circumstances, as the time for fruitless negotiations is over. We must also promote the defense and security of Israel." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue: National Defense. "Our federal government's most important Constitutional duty is to defend America and keep its citizens safe. The federal government has a moral obligation to the men and women of our Armed Services who keep us safe to keep them the best trained, best equipped and best lead military in the world [¦] We owe them a great deal of gratitude and all the support we can provide. While I am a strong fiscal conservative, I do not think that slashing defense budgets and closing military bases is the best course for keeping our nation secure. We need to continue to invest in transforming our military for the battles of tomorrow and the geopolitical situation we face today." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Military and Veterans. "I will always support giving our troops sufficient resources to complete their objectives as safely as possible without interruptions in pay, benefits or services. Some politicians, driven by ideology, want to slash and burn their way through the defense budget, while others treat it as untouchable. Both are misguided. I believe that every federal agency, including the Department of Defense, has inefficiencies and unnecessary programs that should be eliminated. That said, I believe that these reductions need to be made strategically, and not with broad across-the-board cuts that recklessly include programs vital for our national security. I am committed to reducing our federal debt and cutting needless or wasteful programs. I have supported numerous efforts"that do not jeopardize our national security"to get our nation back on a responsible fiscal path and reduce spending with trillions of dollars in cuts." (tipton.house.gov)
  • Scott Tipton. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded: "First, it's critical that we ensure our troops have all the resources they need to safely do their job and protect our nation. During this budget crisis all federal agencies should be scrutinized for waste, and that includes defense. Two such examples are when I voted to cut $450 million for the alternative J-35 engine which the President didn't want and the Pentagon says it didn't need, as well as voting to trim a billion dollars in spending for a 10th Naval destroyer when they only needed 9" to the question: "What sorts of defense spending cuts, if any, would you support as part of a package to balance the budget?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Scott Tipton. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Scott Tipton voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Peter Roper. Pueblo Chieftain: Tipton pledges repeal of health care, extend tax cuts. 29 July 2012. "Letting the Bush tax rates expire this year will amount to 'the highest tax increase' in the nation's history, according to Tipton." (www.chieftain.com)
  • Scott Tipton. Congressman Scott Tipton Introduces First Piece of Legislation. 15 March 2011. "We need to provide relief to American families and small businesses and provide the incentive for investment in our economy. By reducing corporate income tax, capital gains and dividends tax rates to 10 percent, and making these tax cuts permanent, we can again unlock capital investment, encourage job creation, and drive economic recovery." (tipton.house.gov)
  • Scott Tipton signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Colorado and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (s3.amazonaws.com)

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  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Economy. "The $787 billion "stimulus" plan signed into law by President Obama with the support of John Salazar and Nancy Pelosi last year was certainly successful at stimulating government employment, federal entitlement programs, and liberal special interests, but unfortunately it forgot about the rest of America. I oppose any such attempts to pass misguided, big government 'stimulus' plans in the future. The best economic stimulus for Main Street is to get government out of its way!" (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. The Pueblo Chieftain: Federal spending, regulation strangling American taxpayers. 13 February 2011. "By cutting spending and changing the way we think about budgeting, we can make significant strides toward reducing our debt, getting our economy back on track to sustain job creation, and restoring a predictable climate that encourages growth through responsible spending and investment, rather than increasing uncertainty by adding to a runaway deficit." (www.chieftain.com)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Economy. "The $787 billion "stimulus" plan signed into law by President Obama with the support of John Salazar and Nancy Pelosi last year was certainly successful at stimulating government employment, federal entitlement programs, and liberal special interests, but unfortunately it forgot about the rest of America. I oppose any such attempts to pass misguided, big government "stimulus" plans in the future. The best economic stimulus for Main Street is to get government out of its way!" (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Economy and Jobs. "My top priority is getting people back to work across the country. During this time of economic uncertainty, 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. By cutting out-of-control federal spending and reforming job-killing regulations, we can get government out of the way of the private sector and give businesses room to create jobs, drive economic recovery and move toward economic security for our families." (tipton.house.gov)
  • Scott Tipton. Tipton: "Join us, Mr. President, in Working for the American People." 24 January 2012. "I was hopeful that the President would extend an olive branch to Congress and lay out a plan tonight, making a genuine effort to work together to pass legislation that would put our country's economy on the path to recovery. The House has passed 28 pieces of legislation--many with bipartisan support--that would put people back to work, rein in spending and begin to pay back our country's debt [¦] We have some great ideas on the table including: creating thousands of jobs and a reliable energy resource by building the Keystone pipeline; passing a budget that considers our children's future by responsibly reining in out of control spending and paying down the debt; reforms the tax code by eliminating loopholes and lowering rates to create economic growth. I ask the President to join the House in working for the American people. Above all else, I call upon the President to join me in working from the basic principle that Washington cannot continue to take from the American people and that if it's not paid for, then it's irresponsible for government to continue to spend." (votesmart.org)

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  • Scott Tipton. Congressman Scott Tipton Talks Shop with Small Business Leaders in Grand Junction. 4 February 2011. "I saw firsthand today the work being done to create jobs and generate economic growth in our district," Tipton said. "It's clear that government needs to get out of the way and let small business lead the charge to economic recovery by doing what it does best--create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "Wind energy is an important part of our "all of the above" energy plan and a short term extension of the credits makes sense to allow the wind energy sector to become self-sustaining, which is the purpose of production tax credits. Given our nation's budget crisis, this must be done with a pay-for, and not through a new spending increase. I continue to work with my colleagues in the CO delegation to push for this extension and protect CO jobs" to the question: "Would you support a short-term an extension of the production tax credit -- worth 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour generated, which is estimated to cost $4.1 billion over 10 years -- for wind energy?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Congressman Scott Tipton Introduces First Piece of Legislation. 15 March 2011. "We need to provide relief to American families and small businesses and provide the incentive for investment in our economy. By reducing corporate income tax, capital gains and dividends tax rates to 10 percent, and making these tax cuts permanent, we can again unlock capital investment, encourage job creation, and drive economic recovery." (tipton.house.gov)
  • Scott Tipton. Federal Spending, Regulation Strangling American Taxpayers. 13 February 2011. "This is the kind of accountability and transparency that Americans are clamoring for. By cutting spending and changing the way we think about budgeting, we can make significant strides toward reducing our debt, getting our economy back on track to sustain job creation, and restoring a predictable climate that encourages growth through responsible spending and investment, rather than increasing uncertainty by adding to a runaway deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Roper. Tipton endorses wind power credit. 27 April 2012. "Tipton, the freshman Republican who represents Pueblo, testified at a House Small Business Subcommittee hearing on Thursday and called for extending a federal wind-power tax credit that is set to expire this December. [¦] 'Vestas, which is a major employer in my district, has warned that it could lay off as many as 1,600 Colorado workers and wind project developers have essentially put their plans on hold until the federal government acts,' Tipton told the subcommittee. 'I will continue to support these jobs and push for this timely (extension).'" (www.chieftain.com)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Economy. 13 July 2011. "Capitalism and small government are the keys to job creation, opportunity, innovation and prosperity. With 10% unemployment, it is more important now than ever that we encourage private sector business innovation and risk-taking that are the driving forces behind job creation. Too often the government does the opposite and actively discourages private sector growth with high taxes and excessive regulations. High taxes steal limited resources away from private individuals and businesses to feed a bloated federal bureaucracy: every dollar confiscated by the federal government is one less dollar available to the private sector for investment in business expansion and job creation." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steve Grazier. The Cortez Journal: Tipton Talks Politics. 25 December 2005. "On education, Tipton said he would rather see Washington, D.C., put forth a "broad outline" on expectations, but have state and local boards fulfill achievements in testing on subjects like math and reading. "We need to bring education back home and not have it be based out of Washington," he said." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Education. 13 July 2011. "As the husband of a former school teacher and the proud father of two daughters, education has always been a top priority for me. We must provide our children with the necessary knowledge and resources to compete in the 21st century economy. I strongly support tougher graduation standards, strong school safety programs, and a robust charter school program. I will oppose all unfunded federal mandates on our local school. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Grazier. The Cortez Journal: Tipton Talks Politics. 25 December 2005. "On education, Tipton said he would rather see Washington, D.C., put forth a 'broad outline' on expectations, but have state and local boards fulfill achievements in testing on subjects like math and reading. 'We need to bring education back home and not have it be based out of Washington,' he said." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Education. "Spanning the length of the state of Colorado, the 3rd Congressional District is one of the most diverse regions in the nation. It includes Indian reservations, farming and ranching communities, urban areas, and rural mountain towns. Each of these communities has its own unique characteristics and education needs. Because of this, I believe firmly that education matters are best handled at the local and state levels with parents, school boards and local communities working together to make education decisions for our children." (tipton.house.gov)

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  • Scott Tipton. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Scott Tipton voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Congressman Scott Tipton Discusses Gas Prices and Energy Development at CLUB 20 Meeting. 10 May 2011. "We must revisit the excessive regulations that have stifled energy production in our country, put an end to the Obama Administration's defacto drilling moratoriums, and ensure multiple use of our public lands." (tipton.house.gov)

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  • Scott Tipton. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Checked: "Opposes" for: "A new energy bill should combat global warming through ideas like 'cap and trade' pollution limits or a tax on all carbon-based fuels.". (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Scott Tipton. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Checked "Opposes" for: "Global warming is occurring, is largely from human causes and will have wide-ranging negative impacts on the U.S. Climate." (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Scott Tipton. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Checked: "Opposes" for: "A new energy bill should combat global warming through ideas like "cap and trade" pollution limits or a tax on all carbon-based fuels.". (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Scott Tipton. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Scott Tipton voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Cap and Trade. "I strongly oppose the cap and tax legislation recently passed in the House of Representatives and currently under consideration in the Senate. It will impose layers of additional complex rules and regulations on businesses while creating a slush fund for politicians to dole out to their favorite constituencies. It will artificially increase the cost of energy for every individual, family, and business and cost us thousands of jobs as our companies are forced to compete against foreign firms unburdened by our high energy and compliance costs. Even with all of the new regulations and costs under the cap and trade plan it would have little impact on global CO2 emissions. The biggest future emitters of CO2 are the developing economies of India and China, neither of which is prepared to hinder their own growth and prosperity with arbitrary limits on CO2 output." (votesmart.org)

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  • Scott Tipton. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded: "We cannot legislate away tragic acts done by disturbed individuals. I will continue to support the 2nd Amendment" to the question: "Should congress pass a law that outlaws high-capacity magazines that allow many bullets to be fired in a short time?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Chuck Slothower. Durango Herald: Tipton Brings Campaign To Durango. 26 February 2006. "Tipton vowed to protect gun-ownership rights, water rights and private property from government takeover. He said gun control is 'hitting the target 10 out of 10 times.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Chuck Slothower. Durango Herald: Tipton Brings Campaign To Durango. 26 February 2006. "Tipton vowed to protect gun-ownership rights, water rights and private property from government takeover. He said gun control is "hitting the target 10 out of 10 times." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Protecting Our Second Amendment Rights. "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 support legislation that increases concealed carry permits and will oppose any efforts to restrict law-abiding citizens from owning a firearm." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: The 2nd Amendment. "As a gun owner, I am committed to ensuring that the federal government never infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. I will not stand by and allow the Democratic agenda of Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi and Ted Kennedy to take away our right to bear arms.More specifically: - I support legislation to increase concealed to carry permits.- I will strongly oppose any effort to require the mandatory purchase of trigger locks or gun safes. - I will strongly oppose any effort to tighten restrictions on gun sales between private citizens. - I will strongly oppose any effort to require citizens to register all their firearms with the federal government. - I will strongly oppose any legislation aimed at punishing gun manufacturers or gun dealers from crimes they did not commit. Mainly, I will oppose allowing these parties to be held liable for crimes committed by people who use the gun they sold or manufactured." (votesmart.org)

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  • Scott Tipton. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "I rise in support of H.R. 2. It does not indite intent, but it does address outcome. In fact, the deeper we dig into the health care act, the more we discover that it is stopping job creation, building more government, and placing tax burdens on American families who are already struggling. We can and must do better. Let us commit ourselves to addressing the basic concerns we hold in common concerning health care--affordability and accessibility. Let us strive to empower our people to make their own choices about the care they receive, empower private sector solutions that will lower costs and increase the quality of care, and eliminate governmental stumbling blocks and not build bigger government." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Scott Tipton voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Tipton Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Healthcare Law. 28 June 2012. "The President's healthcare law has increased costs for American families, and hurt job creation when we needed it most. I have voted to repeal the law, and given what senior citizens and what struggling families will face as the law continues to be implemented, we must rededicate ourselves to standing up for common sense solutions that will address what Americans are truly concerned with: affordability and accessibility of care." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Congressman Scott Tipton Votes to Repeal Federal Health Care Act. 19 January 2011. "Stressing the need to prevent tax increases and focus on effective patient-centered solutions to soaring health care costs, today, Congressman Scott Tipton voted to repeal the President's health plan. Tipton said, 'Congress must find a solution that increases access to affordable patient health care, which the current act fails to achieve.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Health Care. 13 July 2011. "I have pledged to fight to repeal and replace this disastrous legislation, and I ask you to join me in this battle. 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. We then must replace this legislation with a different type of reform; one that empowers the individual rather than the government, unleashes the competitive forces of the market to drive innovation, and eliminates the costly government mandates that drive up costs and reduce options for health insurance. We will replace it because we always understood that the status quo ante was unacceptable. Our opposition was not to reforming health care, but to federal government control of health care." (votesmart.org)

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  • Norton, John. Pueblo Chieftain: Tipton: Secure Borders, Surveillance Needed. 7 April 2006. "While supporting a guest-worker program, he opposes amnesty. 'What does that tell people down the road?' he asked, pointing out that amnesty now would encourage more people to enter the United States illegally and wait for the next round of amnesty. He doesn't agree with an initial House proposal that illegal immigration be classified a felony. 'Felonies mean jury trials and our courts are clogged enough,' he said. He said it should be made a minor misdemeanor. He acknowledged that sending the estimated 12 to 13 million undocumented aliens home would cause some disruption, but added, "It's going to take a transition period. We've got a lot of people standing at the gate' who would be able to enter the United States under the guest-worker program, he added. " (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "We need to be sensitive to young people whose parents may have come here illegally, these are human beings who, like all of us, are searching for a better future. Our immigration system is broken in this country. When discussing reform we must be compassionate but also practical" to the question; "Do you support the DREAM Act?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Tipton Unviels Immigration Plan. 13 April 2006. "The Tipton plan would create a guest worker program, but not blanket amnesty, that would create an agency within the ICE to match employers looking for help with guest workers wishing to come to American to fill certain jobs. However, the Tipton plan requires illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin to apply to return to America. 'Amnesty is unacceptable. In Kindergarten, we are taught to not cut in line. That child-like logic should apply to our national immigration policy. Immigrants need to obey our laws. By allowing anyone who came here illegally to stay, we would be rewarding law breaking and jeopardizing the success of this program,' said Tipton. The guest workers would be allowed to stay between 3 months and 3 years, so long as they continue their work with the business who brought them in. No guest workers visas will be granted to known felons. Any guest worker convicted of a felony will be deported. The Tipton plan also calls for creating a federal law prohibiting the issuance of state driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Said Tipton, 'I will not stand by while California allows illegal immigrants to possess driver's licenses that we must honor in Colorado.' The Tipton plan also supports a ban on providing on all non-emergency services to illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Checked: "Opposes" for: "Immigration reform legislation should include a "path to citizenship" for illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States so long as the pass criminal background checks and pay back taxes." (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Scott Tipton. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Checked "Supports" for: "As part of immigraiton reform, all illegal immigrants should be required to leave the U.S. and apply for legal entry." (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Immigration. 13 July 2011. "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. I believe we must secure our borders as a matter of national security. In Congress I will work to punish employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants and oppose any and all policies that offer rewards to people who come here illegally." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Scott Tipton's Plan For Common Sense Immigration Reform. 13 July 2011. "We will not provide amnesty for Illegal Immigrants. In order to satisfy the labor needs of agriculture, tourism, construction, and many other key industries, we must establish a guest worker program. It is essential that people currently in this country illegally return home to their country of origin to apply to come to the United States legally." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Tipton Unviels Immigration Plan. 13 April 2006. "The Tipton plan would create a guest worker program, but not blanket amnesty, that would create an agency within the ICE to match employers looking for help with guest workers wishing to come to American to fill certain jobs. However, the Tipton plan requires illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin to apply to return to America. "Amnesty is unacceptable. In Kindergarten, we are taught to not cut in line. That child-like logic should apply to our national immigration policy. Immigrants need to obey our laws. By allowing anyone who came here illegally to stay, we would be rewarding law breaking and jeopardizing the success of this program," said Tipton. The guest workers would be allowed to stay between 3 months and 3 years, so long as they continue their work with the business who brought them in. No guest workers visas will be granted to known felons. Any guest worker convicted of a felony will be deported. The Tipton plan also calls for creating a federal law prohibiting the issuance of state driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Said Tipton, "I will not stand by while California allows illegal immigrants to possess driver's licenses that we must honor in Colorado." The Tipton plan also supports a ban on providing on all non-emergency services to illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Norton, John. 2006. Pueblo Chieftain: Tipton: Secure Borders, Surveillance Needed. 7 April 2006. "While supporting a guest-worker program, he opposes amnesty. "What does that tell people down the road?" he asked, pointing out that amnesty now would encourage more people to enter the United States illegally and wait for the next round of amnesty. He doesn't agree with an initial House proposal that illegal immigration be classified a felony. "Felonies mean jury trials and our courts are clogged enough," he said. He said it should be made a minor misdemeanor. He acknowledged that sending the estimated 12 to 13 million undocumented aliens home would cause some disruption, but added, "It's going to take a transition period."We've got a lot of people standing at the gate" who would be able to enter the United States under the guest-worker program, he added. " (votesmart.org)

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  • Scott Tipton. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded: "No, I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman." to the question: "Do you support efforts to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Scott Tipton. The Denver Post: 3rd Congressional District Voter Guide. Checked "Supports" for: "The 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman, should be not be overturned." (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Scott Tipton in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Traditional Family Values. "As a father I understand the importance of strong family values. That is why I support traditional family values. I believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman and that the marriage-centered family is the foundation of our society. I believe legislation regarding the definition of marriage should be left to be the people and their elected representatives in the states, not co-opted by judges and the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue: Family Values. 13 July 2011. "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. Therefore, I would support legislation allowing for some form of domestic partnership, so long as it does not require churches, private employers or private organizations to honor it as marriage against their will." (votesmart.org)

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  • Scott Tipton. Tipton Slams Salazar Over Spending, Debt and Job-Killing Votes. 11 September 2010. "Congressman, you voted to cut Medicare by $500 billion. If elected, I'll fight to protect our seniors and I will not support privatization of Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Dale Rodebaugh. Durango Herald: Tipton Looks to Help GOP Find its Way. 12 August 2006. "I'll fight to get people who are owed Social Security all they have coming, but we have an obligation to our children and our grandchildren," Tipton said. "We have to be willing to discuss issues and put privatization on the table. "I don't know if that is the answer, but we won't get there from here unless we talk about it." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Rep. Scott Tipton's Statement on Chairman Paul Ryan's Budget Proposal. 5 August 2011. "The President's budget permanently expands government, leaves health care and retirement programs on the course toward imminent bankruptcy, and raises taxes by $1.5 trillion. It offers no leadership, plunges our country deeper into debt, and is a road to ruin for the American economy. On the other hand, Chairman Ryan's proposal addresses America's $14.3 trillion dollar debt and sets us on a course to pay it back. It jump starts economic recovery and would create as many as 1 million new jobs according to some projections. The Ryan budget cuts $6.2 trillion in spending over the next 10 years and places our country on a sustainable course to preserve our children and grandchildren's future." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Issue Position: Seniors. 13 July 2011. "I do not support privatizing or cutting Social Security. Never have. Here's the real problem. John Salazar voted for the failed stimulus, government run health care and budget-busting bailout. He raided the Social Security trust fund to pay for this reckless spending. I want to shore up the Social Security system by cutting the reckless spending. [¦] I am firmly opposed to privatizing Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Tipton. Tipton Calls on Salazar to Pull False TV Ads. 16 September 2010. "I ask John Salazar to immediately withdraw the false and misleading Social Security negative attack ad he is running. I have made it clear on my website and I made it clear directly to Congressman Salazar at the recent Club 20 Debate that I do not support privatizing or cutting Social Security. To say differently in a paid advertisement is patently false and is simply designed to scare senior citizens," said Scott Tipton." (votesmart.org)

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