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Paul C. Broun

Paul Broun's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Paul C. Broun
Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 10, Republican
First Elected: 07/25/2007
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. Senate - Sr
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Niki; 3 Children: Carly, Lucy, Collins
Birth Date: 11/02/1951
Birth Place: Atlanta, GA
Home City: Athens, GA
Religion: Baptist
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Paul Broun refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, 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

  • Paul Broun. 24 October 2011. Issue Position: Right to Life. "In my successful campaign for Congress last year, I was supported by Georgia Right to Life. I pledged that the very first legislation that I would author and introduce would define life as beginning at fertilization. I kept that pledge with HR 4157, The Sanctity of Human Life Act." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Video: Congressman Paul Broun on Abortion. 12 May 2012. "I am dedicated to doing everything in my power to protect innocent human life from conception to natural death." (youtu.be)
  • Paul Broun. Congressman Paul Broun to Take Center Stage in National March for Life Events. 19 January 2008. "It is deplorable that we have killed 50 million unborn children in this nation since Roe v. Wade. As a physician, I have no doubt that human life begins at fertilization. As promised, my first introduced bill was 'The Sanctity of Human Life Act,' and I will continue to champion the rights of the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Paul Broun voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (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 Paul Broun a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Paul Broun voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Paul Broun in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Paul Broun in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Stem Cell Research. 11 March 2009. "I introduced a bill called the Sanctity of Human Life Act that gives the right of personhood to one-cell human beings. And we have got to stop the killing in America. God commands in Proverbs to speak up to the speechless and the cause of those appointed to die. Congressman Smith for years and years and years has been coming to the floor and introducing legislation and speaking up for those innocent human beings that are killed through abortion, killed through embryonic stem cell research, and we have got to stop it." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. H1N1 Influenza. 5 May 2009. "When I graduated from the medical college in Georgia just like you did, I think you were a year ahead of me there in Augusta or maybe two, but I took the Hippocratic oath. They don't do that in medical school because the Hippocratic oath says,`I shall do no harm,' and it says `I shall not perform an abortion,' and Roe v. Wade has changed that; so medical schools are not taking the Hippocratic oath anymore because there are doctors that are doing harm. They're killing babies through abortion. I am very pro-life, and I know that life begins at fertilization, and I want to protect all life." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Congressman Broun Addresses "March for Life" Rally Held on the National Mall. 22 January 2008. "As a medical doctor, I understand that life begins at fertilization. God cannot and will not continue to bless a nation that murders over 3,000 innocent babies every day and I will do everything in my power to end this massacre of innocent life. We must work to change America's thinking, and fight to change America's laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Broun Calls Senate Vote To Table Pro-Life Amendment "Immoral." 8 December 2009. "It is absolutely immoral for the Senate to include public subsidies for abortions in its health care bill. Not only does this vote promote an absolutely deplorable practice, but it would overturn nearly three decades of current public policy prohibiting taxpayer funds from being used to subsidize the killing of an unborn child. Like the majority of Americans, I believe in the sanctity of human life, and I firmly oppose the practice of abortion. The federal government has a moral and constitutional obligation to protect and defend every precious soul that comes into existence. We should be ashamed that 54 Senators have rejected that principle and voted to subsidize abortions with public funds." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Abortion. 9 July 2008. "I'm a medical doctor. And the whole crux of this discussion comes to the decision of when life begins. I introduced the Sanctity of Human Life Act of 2007 that defines scientifically that life begins at fertilization. And it's described when the cell of the spermatozoa enters the cell wall of the ova site and forms a one-celled human being called a zygote. And my bill gives the right of personhood to that one-celled human being, whether they're black or white or any people group." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Paul Broun voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Abortion And The Democrat Health Care Bill. 5 November 2009. "Madam Speaker, God cannot continue to bless America while we are killing 4,000 babies every day through abortion. He just cannot and will not because He is a holy, righteous God. He tells us in Jeremiah that He knows us before we are ever knit together in our mother's womb. We have to stop abortion. We have to stop this bill that is going to continue to fund abortions with taxpayers' dollars. The future of our America depends upon it. Right to life is absolutely the central part of liberty and freedom in America." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Broun. Broun Opposes Bailouts and Bloated Budget. 1 July 2010. "U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) released the following statement as the House considers The Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010, H.R. 4899. In addition to $37 billion of funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this bill includes a $10 billion bailout for teachers, billions more for a myriad of other non-defense government programs and agencies, and deems a $1.121 trillion budget for FY 2011. [Broun:] 'I am appalled with House leadership for playing partisan politics with our troops. With our men and women in harm's way overseas, it is critical that we provide the funding and resources necessary to successfully and safely accomplish their mission.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Paul Broun voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Broun. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Paul Broun voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Broun Opposes Bailouts and Bloated Budget. 1 July 2010. "U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) released the following statement as the House considers The Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010, H.R. 4899. In addition to $37 billion of funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this bill includes a $10 billion bailout for teachers, billions more for a myriad of other non-defense government programs and agencies, and deems a $1.121 trillion budget for FY 2011. [Broun:] 'I am appalled with House leadership for playing partisan politics with our troops. With our men and women in harm's way overseas, it is critical that we provide the funding and resources necessary to successfully and safely accomplish their mission.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Paul Broun voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Paul Broun voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Paul Broun voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Paul Broun voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Elizabeth Harrington. Lawmakers, Experts Advocate Against Military Spending Cuts. 6 October 2011. "Advocates for a strong military assembled on Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge Congress to ensure that the push to reduce the deficit does not jeopardize the defense budget. Legislation passed in August to raise the debt ceiling, the Budget Control Act, handed a bipartisan 'super committee' the responsibility to cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion. A panel convened by the Coalition for the Common Defense discussed what it called the committee's 'daunting mandate of reigning in federal spending' and the need to 'provide for the common defense' [¦] The Coalition for the Common Defense is an alliance of like-minded individuals and organizations working to maintain strong military spending [¦] Its statement of principles includes warnings relating to "rogue states" Iran and North Korea, China's military buildup, ballistic missile threats, terrorism and cyber-attacks. Joining Franks and Lamborn on the panel were Reps. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Paul Broun (R-Ga.)." (cnsnews.com)
  • Paul Broun. Congressman Broun Supports Defense Authorization Bill. 25 June 2009. "U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after his vote in support of H.R. 2647, the National Defense Authorization Act and after his amendment to restore $1.2 billion in funding for missile defense was defeated by Congressional liberals: "There are evidently misplaced priorities as Congress eliminated funding for a missile defense system the same week that North Korea threatened to wipe the United States off the map. It is unconscionable that we would decrease funding for our missile defense system during a period when North Korea and Iran's nuclear programs and ballistic missiles pose a real and increasing threat to the United States. This $1.2 billion cut forces an unnecessary choice between protecting our homeland against longer-range missiles and protection of our forward-deployed troops and allies against shorter-range missiles [¦] I am committed to ensuring that our brave military and civilian personnel have all the necessary tools to complete their missions successfully. During a time of war, I would have preferred to see more than a net increase of less than 2% in defense spending. I also was disappointed that now for the second year in a row, liberal leaders failed to address outstanding military personnel benefits for our men and women in uniform and their families, both past and present. I would hope to see increased payments to military surviving spouses and children and to provide for concurrent receipt of military retirement pay and Veterans' Affairs disability benefits for all military retirees." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. The Moral Liberal-Lawmakers, Experts Advocate Against Military Spending Cuts. 6 October 2011. "Advocates for a strong military assembled on Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge Congress to ensure that the push to reduce the deficit does not jeopardize the defense budget. Legislation passed in August to raise the debt ceiling, the Budget Control Act, handed a bipartisan "super committee" the responsibility to cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion. A panel convened by the Coalition for the Common Defense discussed what it called the committee's "daunting mandate of reigning in federal spending" and the need to "provide for the common defense."" (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012. 6 July 2011. "Much of the research conducted by the Army is of merit and deserves the funding provided. Without some of these research programs, we would not have many of the technologies that protect our servicemembers and make them more effective soldiers. However, I do not see the need for the Army to conduct research on technologies pertaining to environmental quality. This type of research would be best conducted in the university or in the private sector. Asking the Army to research something that does not directly coincide with their direct mission is imprudent, and these funds would be better used in reducing the burden of debt on our Nation." (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

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 94 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Blog: Countdown to historic tax increase: 31 days. 1 December 2010. "As the TEA Party put it, the American people are Taxed Enough Already. I urge the liberal leadership in Congress and President Obama to listen to the message the American people sent in November. I assure you I will continue to vigorously oppose these tax increases and ensure that the American people keep their much needed, hard-earned money." (broun.house.gov)
  • Paul Broun. Fixing the American Economy. 5 March 2009. "I want to give a 5 percent, across the board, income tax cut." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Fixing the American Economy. Issue Position: End the Federal Income Tax & Abolish the IRS. 26 October 2011. "I endorse the Fair Tax concept which has been promoted by Georgia Congressman Linder in working to eliminate the federal income tax and abolish the IRS!" (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Taxes. 11 June 2008. "Cutting taxes and reining in the Federal Government is fundamental to returning power to the U.S. citizens and promoting economic growth. We should support our free market by eliminating unfair corporate taxes and promoting economic growth. Along with promoting economic growth, we should also promote economic consistency and stability. We can only do that by eliminating, not just reducing, but eliminating capital gains taxes. Just as businesses should not be penalized for being successful, investors should not be penalized for making good decisions and for supporting good companies. If we continue to try to tax people into making a perfect world, we will create a bureaucratic monster. In fact, Congress has been doing just that." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. The FairTax: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. 22 February 2008. "In addition to passing the FairTax supporters should also call for the repeal of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. This amendment, which allows the government to tax income directly, is responsible for today's taxation regime which is, often, overly intrusive and unduly punitive. One of my goals as a legislator is to reduce the size and scope of government's reach into people's lives. The FairTax makes the current enforcement regime obsolete and would free law-abiding Americans from the fear of facing an expensive audit. It is important that the 16th Amendment be repealed for another reason: so that we don't end up with a system in which we have both a federal income tax and a federal consumption tax." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Paul Broun, pledge to the taxpayers of the 10 district of the state of Georgia 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." (atr.org)
  • Paul Broun. Issue Position: End the Federal Income Tax & Abolish the IRS. 7 August 2012. "I endorse the Fair Tax concept which has been promoted by Georgia Congressman Linder in working to eliminate the federal income tax and abolish the IRS!" (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. 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

  • Paul Broun. Rescuing America's Economy: Capitalism Works. 30 October 2008. "We did not need this massive bailout, and now the liberal leadership is talking about spending another $300 billion for an economic stimulus package! When will they understand that the real answer lies within the free enterprise system? I believe that the marketplace, unencumbered by taxes and government regulation is the best way to control quality, quantity and cost of all goods and services. We stimulate the economy by stimulating small business, getting the tax and regulatory burden off of small businesses so that they may create good-paying jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Small Business Is America's Economic Engine. 2 December 2009. "Mr. Speaker, they have waited long enough for the so-called stimulus to kick in. In fact, they have been waiting far too long. Mr. Speaker, where are the jobs? It's time for us to scrap this failed policy. It's time for Congress to stop wasting taxpayer time and money. It's time to give a real jolt to the economy and stop taking so much through high taxes and more debt [¦] Now is the time for a new way forward. For 11 months, the so-called stimulus has been tried and tested. Unfortunately, it has failed. But there is no reason to keep going down the same track and throwing taxpayers' money down a rat hole towards a failed plan." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. The Obama Administration, "The Single Biggest Impediment to Job Growth." 14 September 2011. "We've been down this road before. The stimulus did not work 2 years ago, and it will not work today. Hiking taxes in the middle of a recession will make our economy worse, not better. When will this administration learn that more of the same just simply isn't good enough anymore? Jobs will come when government gets out of the way--by getting rid of ObamaCare, by stopping the reckless spending here in Washington and the threat of higher taxes, and by ending the uncertainty in the marketplace." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Unprecedented Taxing and Spending. 24 March 2009. "Franklin Delano Roosevelt, when he was spending taxpayers' dollars like a drunken sailor, did nothing but prolong that Depression. That's exactly what this philosophy that's being promoted here in this House and in the Senate across the way and by this administration is going to do [¦] But where are the jobs being created by bigger government? Bigger socialism. Taking our freedom away, taking our money away, taking our future away and taking our children and our grandchildren's future away. Because this budget spends too much. It taxes too much. It borrows too much. And we've got to put an end to it." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. The Steamroller of Socialism. 9 February 2009. "This non-stimulus bill is the road to socialism. It will give us a journey that includes bureaucratic controls, high taxes, government intervention, Cuba-style medicine, and economic collapse of America [¦] Instead of the wasteful mystery pork that this bill gives us, let's give the American taxpayers and entrepreneurs the red meat that they need to stimulate the American economy: permanent tax relief and job creation incentives." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Where Are The Jobs, Mr. President? 9 January 2010. "One in ten hardworking Americans is unemployed. Almost one in five are underemployed. Where are the millions of jobs that the President promised? Where are the effects of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's so-called 'stimulus?' The American people are still waiting for those promises to be kept. As long as the current Congressional leadership follows these big spending schemes, our economic recovery will be extremely slow or non-existent. After ramming through multiple budget-busting plans, it is clear that the only thing they know how to grow is more debt. Instead of spending taxpayers' hard-earned money on bailouts and bureaucrats, we should be helping small businesses by letting them keep more of their money, freeing up more capital for investment, and letting workers' keep more of their money." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Paul Broun voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Paul Broun voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Stimulating the Economy. 25 March 2009. "We can solve an economic problem, and we can do it in the private sector, without increasing the debt of the Federal Government; because the Federal Government is borrowing too much, it is taxing too much, and it is spending too much, and we have got to stop it. I believe very firmly that if we don't have these alternatives considered, that it is going to strangle the American economy, it is going to lengthen the recession, it is going to deepen the recession, and maybe even push us into a frank depression." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (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 Paul Broun a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Facebook: Wall. 1 June 2012. "The Labor Department announced today that the economy added just 69,000 jobs in May when they were expecting 150,000. Additionally the unemployment rate jumped up to 8.2 percent! President Obama absolutely must start leading by principles of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and lower taxes for individuals and businesses if we ever hope to get out of this recession!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Paul Broun. An Economic Recovery Amendment that Actually Stimulates. 27 January 2009. "My amendment gives every tax filer their fair share of President Obama's bureaucrat stimulus plan. It's my belief that putting this money back in the pockets of hardworking taxpayers will do more to turn this economy around than spending it on 150 different federal programs, sod for the National Mall, or new cars for feds. Middle-class Americans are our nation's economic engine, and they know how to spend their money much more wisely than out-of-touch Washington bureaucrats. This point is most recently illustrated by President Obama's decision to spend $1 trillion on a plan that according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office will not impact America's economy for many years, if ever." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Fixing the American Economy. 5 March 2009. "Let us not forget that in these tough times, that more government has never been a solution. Historically, socialism never has worked, never will work, and it will not work today. In fact, government actions were actually the stimulus that contributed to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's distension, easy money made available following relaxed interest rates, and ultimately, the push on American lenders to make loans, regardless of the borrowers' ability to pay [¦] When the President came and talked to our Republican conference, I'm sure you'll remember he said that the stimulus bill was just the first of many big spending bills, of many socialistic bills, of many big government spending bills that he was going to bring to the floor and promote very quickly. The thing is socialism never worked, never will work, and it's not going to work today, and the American people need to understand what the Constitution says and what we're headed toward. We're headed toward the financial collapse of America if we don't stop spending our grandchildren's future." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Broun. The Obama Administration, "The Single Biggest Impediment to Job Growth." 14 September 2011. "We've been down this road before. The stimulus did not work 2 years ago, and it will not work today. Hiking taxes in the middle of a recession will make our economy worse, not better. When will this administration learn that more of the same just simply isn't good enough anymore? Jobs will come when government gets out of the way--by getting rid of ObamaCare, by stopping the reckless spending here in Washington and the threat of higher taxes, and by ending the uncertainty in the marketplace." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Congressman Broun Cosponsors the "Economic Growth Act of 2008." 24 January 2008. "Frankly, I don't think that sending a check for $500 to every family is going to stimulate the economy. We've got to focus on creating jobs. A real stimulus plan has to be geared towards small businesses. Small business is the economic engine of our country. We have to enact policies, such as those contained within the Economic Growth Act of 2008,' that encourage small businesses to expand." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Broun Unveils A REAL Stimulus For REAL Americans. 3 March 2009. "Clearly, the so-called stimulus has failed to save or create the millions of jobs that the President promised. By introducing the JOBS Act, I am proposing a new way forward while preventing more tax dollars from going towards a failed plan. We can stimulate the economy by lowering taxes and freeing up the money that small businesses need to expand and hire. Not only would this bill create real and sustainable jobs, but it would also make the federal government more of an honest broker and less of a burden on small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Congressman Broun Cosponsors the "Economic Growth Act of 2008." Congressman Broun Comments on "State of the Union" Address. 28 January 2008. "While I agree with the President that the state of the Union is strong, there are several steps we need to take to make it even stronger. First, I support an economic stimulus plan that contains tax cuts for job-creating small businesses that are broader than those described by the President." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Fixing the American Economy. 5 March 2009. "My vision includes providing tax relief to small businesses and families. It includes offering incentive-based relief for job creators. We must skip the pork wish list and, instead, directly stimulate the middle class and small businesses, since they are America's economic engines. In doing so, jobs are created, faith is restored in the markets, and America's entrepreneurial spirit is once again unleashed." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Rescuing America's Economy: Capitalism Works. 30 October 2008. "We did not need this massive bailout, and now the liberal leadership is talking about spending another $300 billion for an economic stimulus package! When will they understand that the real answer lies within the free enterprise system? I believe that the marketplace, unencumbered by taxes and government regulation is the best way to control quality, quantity and cost of all goods and services. We stimulate the economy by stimulating small business, getting the tax and regulatory burden off of small businesses so that they may create good-paying jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. The Steamroller of Socialism. 9 February 2009. "We must give small businesses the capital they need to employ workers and to buy inventory. Congress should suspend or eliminate the capital gains tax to provide an inflow of tax into our economy. Next, we must eliminate the death tax so that family businesses can continue to thrive and produce high-paying jobs. And ultimately, let's support tax relief for our hardworking families and save future generations from this 784-pound gorilla that's in this room [¦] Instead of the wasteful mystery pork that this bill gives us, let's give the American taxpayers and entrepreneurs the red meat that they need to stimulate the American economy: permanent tax relief and job creation incentives." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. At Some Point The Big Spending Must Stop. 3 February 2010. "Rather than implementing more of Speaker Pelosi's failed economic policies, we need to empower small businesses. That is why I introduce the JOBS Act which would leave money in the pockets of small business owners so they can rehire workers and maybe even expand. By leaving dollars in the people's pocket, we can shrink government and provide a real stimulus for businesses and the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Where Are The Jobs, Mr. President? 9 January 2010. "One in ten hardworking Americans is unemployed. Almost one in five are underemployed. Where are the millions of jobs that the President promised? Where are the effects of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's so-called 'stimulus?' The American people are still waiting for those promises to be kept. As long as the current Congressional leadership follows these big spending schemes, our economic recovery will be extremely slow or non-existent. After ramming through multiple budget-busting plans, it is clear that the only thing they know how to grow is more debt. Instead of spending taxpayers' hard-earned money on bailouts and bureaucrats, we should be helping small businesses by letting them keep more of their money, freeing up more capital for investment, and letting workers' keep more of their money." (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

  • Paul Broun. The U.S. Constitution. 12 April 2011. "George W. Bush was a big-spending, big-government President. He gave us No Child Left Behind, which has been a disaster. I call it Leave No Teacher Unshackled. We've got to get the shackles off teachers, let the local school boards run the education system, not by a Federal Department of Education, or I don't even think by a State Department of Education." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Paul Broun. The "Right" Road To Energy Independence. 13 June 2008. "Energy is the lifeblood of the American economy and our economic prosperity is closely tied to the availability of reliable and affordable supplies of energy. Alaska could produce twice the oil of Texas and even more than that is waiting to be drilled off our coasts. It is absurd that many Americans can barely afford the commute to work, much less drive long distances for vacation. I will continue to fight against any efforts by Congress to tax gas, prohibit the extraction of our own fuels, or limit free market development. I promise to keep working to pull Congress out from under the rock it seems to be living under and lead the way towards a more energy-independent future for America." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act. 11 May 2011. "I fully support H.R. 1231, a real proposal which would lift the President's ban on offshore drilling and get the ball rolling on domestic energy production. I urge my Democrat colleagues to pass this bill because both our cars and our economy should be running on American resources, not on their empty promises. Pass this bill to create American jobs and a strong American economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Gas Prices/Taxes. 4 June 2008. "The Outer Continental Shelf, OCS, is estimated to contain 19 billion barrels of oil and 84 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Yet House Democrats have opposed developing the OCS 83 percent of the time, while House Republicans have supported responsible and environmentally sound development 81 percent of the time. Today we are drilling for ice on Mars, but we cannot drill for oil in America [¦] Energy is the lifeblood of the American economy. We need to develop our own natural resources and drill for oil now." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Energy Independence. 10 June 2008. "We've heard time and time again about how drilling off the OCS will harm the environment. This is hogwash. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed or damaged hundreds of drilling rigs without causing a single drop to be spilled, yet congressional Democrats continue to pander to far left environmentalists instead of mending the pains of hardworking Americans [¦] The United States is the only nation on Earth that forbids development of its own natural resources. Right now, America is drilling for ice on Mars, but we cannot drill for oil in America. This makes no sense. It's crazy. It's idiotic. We must drill on our own lands, and we must drill now." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. A Prescription to End Pain at the Pump. 1 April 2008. "Second, Congress should let America become more energy independent. For example, if we could drill for more oil and natural gas off the coast of the United States or in the Rockies or Alaska, it could add to our ability to be less reliant on foreign energy sources. By increasing the world supply of oil and gas with our own existing resources, we could utilize the laws of supply and demand to bring the price of fuel down. An additional benefit would be that we could break the stranglehold on energy that is currently being enjoyed by countries in the Middle East that do not have America's best interests in mind. Let me be clear, this can definitely be done in an environmentally sound manner, and should be implemented immediately." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Paul Broun voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Paul Broun voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Paul Broun voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Paul Broun. Committee Chairmen Admonish President's Proposed Regulation to Increase the Cost of Energy. 27 March 2012. "We are deeply troubled by the Administration's latest plan to advance its job-killing energy policies through regulatory means. The EPA's proposed greenhouse gas regulations are particularly objectionable in light of the shaky scientific foundation used to justify them, as evidenced by EPA's own Inspector General report on the underlying CO2 endangerment finding. President Obama's regulatory agenda is driving up energy costs and destroying thousands of jobs. This rule, which the EPA admits will result in only "negligible CO2 emission changes,' will only further exacerbate these negative impacts on jobs and the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Paul Broun voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Paul Broun voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Broun Hails Climate Tax Hike Defeat a "Victory for America." 6 June 2008. "As American families face skyrocketing prices at the pump, Congress should be doing all that it can to reduce soaring energy prices, certainly not increase them. The Lieberman-Warner Cap-and-Tax bill would have resulted in an expensive energy tax hike, the loss of more jobs to overseas, and no measureable difference in the world's temperature. We must provide Americans with affordable energy. Adopting draconian measures to tax and ration energy is definitely not the way." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. We Must Stop The National Energy Tax! 26 June 2009. "Liberals have marketed this energy tax as a way to protect the environment, but I'm just not buying that - and neither should the American people. Too many stones, like the consideration of pollution levels in rapidly expanding countries, have been left unturned for this to really be about the environment. I believe that you can clean up the environment and keep jobs and money in people's pockets at the same time. During these trying economic times, I'm pleased Republicans have offered policies that stimulate our economy, not tear it down. I urge the American people to say no to the largest tax increase in American history and encourage their representatives to see the Waxman-Markey legislation for what it really is: an economy-crippling Wacky-Marxist Tax-and-Cap bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. 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)
  • Paul Broun. Control Carbon and Control Life. 3 June 2009. "I rise today in very strong opposition to the Waxman-Markey cap-and-tax boondoggle. That's what it is. It's a boondoggle. This energy tax is the largest tax increase in American history, an estimate of almost $2 trillion tax increase. It will probably cost every family, it's estimated to cost every single family, rich, poor and in between, over $3,100 for every family in additional energy costs and will drive millions of good-paying American jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Defending the Constitution. 22 February 2010. "Mr. Speaker, the American people are suffering. They are suffering, and frankly they are scared, they are angry. They are scared and angry because they see their freedom being taken away from them. And this health care bill that we have been discussing for the last several weeks is something that is bringing that to the head. Because what I see is an American sleeping giant is arising, a sleeping giant that has had some nightmares, nightmares about Obamacare, nightmares about an energy tax that is going to destroy our economy and kill millions of jobs in this country, a nightmare of overgovernance from the Federal, state, as well as local level." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Domestic Energy. 5 May 2009. "I rise today because my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are once again trying to pass off baloney for prime rib. In the last 100-plus days, we have seen nonstimulating stimulus packages, and we are probably going to see some more, secretive bills in an 'open and transparent' Congress, and trillion dollar commitments to fiscal responsibility. Clearly, liberals have a monopoly on the misnomer. Unfortunately, the disguises are out again today with this tax-and-cap plan. We must not be fooled by the rhetoric. This is a $646 billion tax that will impact every American family, small business, and family farm. Family energy costs will rise by more than $3,100 a year for every family. This is an outrageous tax on every family that drives a car, buys American products, or flips on their light switch when they come home. So unless your name is Fred Flintstone or you live in a cave, you will be impacted by this tax [¦] Taxing families during an economic recession is not the only way to clean up the environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Unprecedented Taxing and Spending. 24 March 2009. "This cap-and-tax issue that's being proposed in this budget is going to tax every single American family by over $3,100 per family. Let me repeat that. Every single family is going to pay an increase in their cost of living by $3,100 per family. We can't afford that. It is going to hurt the poorest of people in this country. It is going to hurt our seniors who are living on a fixed income. It is going to hurt small business because of this class envy and class warfare that's being proposed by this administration." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Paul Broun. About Me. 24 October 2011. "Dr. Broun participates in many diverse organizations and activities ranging from politics and religion to cooking and sports, including: the National Rifle Association, Gideons International, Rotary International, Trout Unlimited, Gun Owners of America and University of Georgia President's Club. He was the founding President of the Georgia Republican Assembly, and President of the Georgia Sport Shooting Association (the NRA state affiliate). Dr. Broun is an avid outdoorsman, having a passion for conservation, hunting, fishing, and Second Amendment rights." (broun.house.gov)
  • Paul Broun. Second Amendment. 18 October 2010. "The Second Amendment is the foundation and guarantor of every other right [¦] The second amendment to our Constitution is fundamental to individual liberty [¦] I am devoted to protecting your right to keep and bear arms, on this issue there is no compromise." (youtu.be)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Paul Broun in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Paul Broun voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Paul Broun a grade of 100." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Broun Applauds Supreme Court Ruling to Uphold Second Amendment Rights. 28 June 2010. "The right of citizens to keep and bear arms is one of the most fundamental rights of a free people. I applaud the Supreme Court for protecting this right for Americans in all 50 states. The decision represents more than a victory for gun rights activists; it is a victory for all Americans as the Supreme Court protects our Constitutional rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Second Amendment Task Force Responds to Attorney General's Comments on Assault Weapons. 26 February 2009. "The Attorney General's recent comments about reinstating the 'assault weapons' ban are extremely troubling since a ban clearly violates our Constitutional right to bear arms. The Second Amendment Task Force opposes the discussed ban and will fight any attempts that infringe on our Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Constitutional Caucus on the Bill of Rights. 16 January 2008. "The Supreme Court has a historic opportunity to return to the original intent and the meaning of the second amendment. The second amendment protects us. It's a fundamental and an individual right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms for any lawful purpose. Further, any law infringing upon this freedom, including the ban on self-defense and on handgun ownership, is unconstitutional." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Issue Position: Second Amendment Rights. 24 October 2011. "I am an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and I strongly support the Constitution's Second Amendment right to bear arms and will defend the rights of law abiding citizens to purchase, use, and keep firearms. I vigorously oppose all attempts to restrict the Second Amendment. I believe that any law -- whether at the local, state, or federal level -- which restricts or infringes upon law abiding citizens' ability to own a firearm is unconstitutional and should be repealed." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Broun's Briefings. 21 July 2008. "The new D.C. gun law requires a city-issued gun permit which will require anyone registering their gun to pass a written test, vision test, ballistics test, submit proof of residency, and it requires that guns be kept secured in homes unless there is a "threat of immediate harm. The only change in the two laws is that the old one made it impossible to own a gun in Washington D.C. and the new law makes it nearly impossible. The National Rifle Association has already signaled that it will challenge the new law, and I will support any effort to do so since this law represents a horrible infringement on our individual right to own firearms." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Paul Broun. Unconstitutionality Of Health Care Legislation. 19 January 2010. "If one Democrat in this House or one Democrat in the U.S. Senate were to show me in this document where Congress has the authority to pass a bill that takes over the health care system in America and sets forth socialized medicine, as they are trying to do under ObamaCare, I will vote for it. If one person in this House or the Senate shows me where in this document that we have the constitutional authority to do that, I will vote for it. I make a pledge to my Lord God, my Lord Jesus Christ up above, to the people of the United States, I pledge to vote for it if one, just one House member or Senate member will show me in this document where we have the authority to do so. I am not worried about that pledge,because there is none. Pelosicare, Reidcare, Obamacare, secret--well, they are all secret bills. They are all in secret, with no transparency we have been promised by the Speaker as well as by the President. There is nothing in this document to give the Federal Government the authority." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Blog: It's time to replace Obamacare with market-based solutions. 19 January 2011. "As Republicans today offer a vote to repeal Obamacare, a major cornerstone in the Pledge to America, liberals scramble to defend their 'no' vote. The latest cry from Democrats is that repealing healthcare will increase the federal deficit." (broun.house.gov)
  • Paul Broun. Broun Introduces Healthcare Overhaul: OPTION Act. 20 March 2012. "While Obamacare was a complex 2,700 page bill, Broun's OPTION Act puts forward several important reforms in just 50 pages [¦] Fully repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Facebook: Wall. 18 July 2012. "We have to take a hard look at cutting down our national debt by eliminating wasteful government programs and reigning in out of control spending. Additionally, making sure our government is limited to the constraints of the Constitution will ensure a more fiscal government. This starts with repealing and replacing ObamaCare!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Paul Broun. GOP Doctors Caucus: Save Medicare. 15 February 2012. "Hopefully, we'll see the Supreme Court throw out the Affordable Care Act, the President's reform bill, which is going to be disastrous. It's going to destroy the doctor-patient relationship. It's going to destroy budgets, from individual budgets, businesses' budgets." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Paul Broun voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Defending the Constitution. 22 February 2010. "Mr. Speaker, the American people are suffering. They are suffering, and frankly they are scared, they are angry. They are scared and angry because they see their freedom being taken away from them. And this health care bill that we have been discussing for the last several weeks is something that is bringing that to the head. Because what I see is an American sleeping giant is arising, a sleeping giant that has had some nightmares, nightmares about Obamacare, nightmares about an energy tax that is going to destroy our economy and kill millions of jobs in this country, a nightmare of overgovernance from the Federal, state, as well as local level. They are angry, they are scared, and they are sleeping giants waking up. And I'm excited about that because, frankly, Mr. Speaker, I think the best days of America are still ahead, but they're not going to be ahead for our children and grandchildren if we continue down this road where government is going to control our health care, what cars we drive, what we eat, how we live our lives. And the American people understand that very firmly; they understand that government is trying to rule them instead of them taking care of their own family's situation." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Health Care Reform. 23 February 2010. "Mr. Speaker, the American people have spoken very loudly. A recent poll showed that 70 percent of Americans either want us to scrap the ObamaCare plans, the House plan and the Senate plan, and it would include his new plan because it's the two plans put together, or do nothing. Well, frankly, as a medical doctor, I don't want to do nothing. I have introduced my own health care finance overhaul plan, H.R. 3889, which is a comprehensive overhaul of the health care system. It's a little over 100 pages. It would put patients in charge of health care decisions, along with their doctors. And even Medicare patients. It would stop this government control of health care dollars and would put those decisions back in the hands of the patients and the families where they should be. So Republicans are the party of k-n-o-w, 'know.' We've tried real hard." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Introduction of Bill to Repeal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 18 January 2011. "I am honored to introduce a bill that repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the accompanying Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and replaces it with four specific health care reform policies which will improve the challenges facing our country's health care financing." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Op-Ed: America Does Not Need a Government Run Health Care System. 25 August 2009. "We must lower health care costs and make coverage available to more people, but we must not sacrifice our freedom, our principles, or our children's future for a new government bureaucracy. Please join me and millions of other Americans in stopping Obamacare in its tracks, and instead working together to make health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans." (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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  • Paul Broun. Georgia's House Republicans Call on ICE to Enforce Stricter Illegal Immigrant Programs. 10 February 2011. "According to the Pew Hispanic Center, Georgia ranks seventh nationwide for the largest population of illegal immigrants. Not only does this wreak havoc economically on our social systems, but illegal immigration exposes our citizens to increased criminal activity. Therefore, it is critical that Immigration and Customs Enforcement expedite the full implementation of its Secure Communities initiative in Georgia, and it's critical that they do so now." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Paul Broun in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Paul Broun in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Paul Broun voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee - The President's FY2010 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security. 13 May 2009. "Madame Secretary, I just have one final comment before my time runs out. During your testimony, you talked about securing the border. And I think it's absolutely critical for national security to do that. And the message I'm getting out of the administration is that's not going to be done. We see no funds to further the fencing and things like that. And I just hope that you, as secretary, will be a very strong advocate for securing both borders and not giving amnesty to the criminals here in this country already." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. U.S. Congressman Paul C. Broun, M.D. Receives an "A +" on Immigration Reduction Report Card. 3 March 2008. "I am fully committed to reversing the problem of illegal immigration and ensuring the integrity of our nation's borders. We can not continue to allow our government to look the other way when it comes to dealing with illegal aliens. I am adamantly opposed to any form of amnesty. I will work not only to prevent the passage of any legislation that would provide a path to citizenship to illegal aliens, but I will also work to deny them access to the economic spigot that draws illegal aliens to our country. Our safety and our very sovereignty are at stake." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Good Border Fences Make Good Neighbors. 12 March 2008. "When will Washington get it? The American public has spoken loudly and clearly. Americans want their borders secured, and they want the problem of illegal immigration handled with swiftness and certainty. Above all, Americans do not support legislative proposals that provide a 'pathway to citizenship' for people who have broken the law to enter this country. The public recognizes that a 'pathway to citizenship' is just politically correct Washington-speak for 'amnesty.' And that is a dog that simply will not hunt." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 16 October 2011. "I am absolutely against illegal immigration and the idea of Amnesty for illegal aliens. Illegal immigration is a crime. It is a corrupting influence on our society. It is a national security threat. It is an economic burden on American taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Paul Brown. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law [¦] This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Marriage. 15 May 2008. "Mr. Speaker, earlier today the California Supreme Court threw aside the voice and the express will of millions of California voters by overturning California's State law that banned same-sex marriage. Effectively this ruling allows same-sex couples in our Nation's most populous State the right to marry and affords them all the privileges that go along with this sacred union. And I say that rulings like this are one of the reasons why the institution of marriage is crumbling before our very eyes. And I, for one, am very sad to see this happen [¦] This lunacy is precisely the reason why a Federal constitutional amendment is needed to protect traditional marriage. This decision will undoubtedly become the platform for spreading this unfounded ruling across the Nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Marriage. Broun's Briefings. 10 November 2008. "Voters in California on Tuesday passed Proposition 8, which is an amendment to the California state constitution that recognizes marriage as only between a man and a woman. This vote is a huge victory for traditional family values. In fact, not only did traditional marriage win in California, but it was also victorious in Arizona and Florida [¦] I have proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would end these silly challenges and recognize the natural right of marriage as being between one man and one woman. I will continue this fight!" (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. U.S. Congressman Paul C. Broun, M.D. Receives "True Blue" Award for Support of Pro-Life and Pro-Family Issues. 4 March 2008. "I am committed to working on behalf of pro-life and pro-family issues that I believe are fundamental to our nation's continued well-being. These issues, which include advancing the principle of religious liberty, preserving the sanctity of marriage, and defending the rights of the unborn, define who we are as a people and a nation. As long I as am privileged to serve the people of the 10th District, I will continue to be a champion for these traditional values." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Paul Broun voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Paul Broun voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Paul Broun in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Paul Broun in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. Marriage. Congressman Broun to Introduce Constitutional "Marriage Protection Amendment". 20 May 2008. "Marriage as an institution exists solely between one man and one woman [¦] There simply is no basis for the suggestion that homosexual marriage' is a right protected by the United States Constitution. The Founding Fathers would be appalled if they knew that their carefully constructed document was being twisted and corrupted to suddenly reveal a right to homosexual marriage where none previously existed. My amendment will preserve the original intent of the drafters of the Constitution, by ensuring that no State or Federal judge can take it upon themselves to suddenly discover a right to homosexual 'marriage' within the text of the document. It will also provide a defense against activist judges who seek to overturn the will of the people by manipulating State Constitutions in order to impose their preferred policy position." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. U.S. Congressman Broun Condemns California Supreme Court's Recognition of Homosexual "Marriage." 15 May 2008. "By recognizing homosexual unions as marriages', four activist judges on the California Supreme Court not only overturned the will of the people but also took it upon themselves to overturn the traditional definition of marriage [¦] Fortunately, the people of Georgia have shown the foresight to adopt a Constitutional ban on the recognition of homosexual marriages', no matter where the marriage' takes place. Today's ruling in California shows that it might now be necessary to consider adopting an amendment to the United States Constitution to ensure that the American people will not have to face the prospect of activist federal judges imposing a redefinition of marriage on them in the future." (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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  • Paul Broun. Broun Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "I hope that today those who suffered on September 11th can feel a moment of closure. We must remain engaged and vigilant in combating terrorism and our enemies who wish to wreak havoc on our shores. This profound moment sends a message that we will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of our homeland and to protect the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. We have not forgotten. 11 September 2010. "In the years following the coordinated attacks on 9/11, the United States has been embroiled in a war against Islamic extremists. We continue to fight to provide stability in the Middle East was well as worldwide. Our nation has made great strides on all fronts, including the elimination of key Al Qaeda leaders and operatives, and the interception of communications that have foiled terrorist plots at home and abroad. Still, America faces threats from terrorist networks around the world. While no major attacks have been successfully carried out in recent years, the Christmas Day and Times Square bombing attempts reveal that we still have dangerous enemies who actively pursue means to harm and kill Americans. Those failed attempts revealed severe gaps in our intelligence gathering processes [¦] As a nation, we must continually adapt to the ever changing tactics of our enemies. Secure borders and intelligence sharing are critical components to ensuring successful homeland security missions. We must also commit to guarding ourselves from becoming too comfortable and taking our freedom for granted. It is critical we fully support our men and women in uniform who are taking the fight to our enemies to better protect us at home. As American philosopher Thomas Paine once said, 'Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it' [¦] Indeed, we are not the same nation we were before September 11. The enormous loss we endured that day united us as a people and revealed to the entire world that we are stronger, more resilient, and more resourceful than our enemies ever gave us credit. We will continue to stand for freedom for centuries of anniversaries to come." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Paul Broun supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 0 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Broun. GOP Doctors Caucus. 25 July 2011. "What the American people need to understand is that we need to strengthen Medicare and Social Security for future generations. This picture right here is a picture of my two grandchildren, Tillman and Cile Surratt. I love these two kids greatly. They won't see Medicare, and they're going to see an America that's quite different from the one that we see today if we don't make some major changes, major changes in Medicare and Social Security. If we don't shrink them and make them economically viable for my grandchildren, that are 6 and 7, my grandchildren won't see Medicare. They won't see Social Security. And, in fact, people who are 45 or 50 today won't see Social Security or Medicare if we don't strengthen them, if we don't do the necessary hard work of bringing about those changes to strengthening Medicare and Social Security to make them economically viable." (votesmart.org)

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Georgia Congressional Special Election, District 10, 2007 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Budget Priorities
Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
f) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Decreaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Decreasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Greatly Decreasek) Public health services
Greatly Decreasel) Scientific research
Greatly Decreasem) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Eliminateo) Welfare
Greatly Decreasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Increasec) Military hardware
Greatly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Increasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Eliminateb) $25,000-$75,000
Eliminatec) $75,000-$150,000
Eliminated) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
Eliminatef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Eliminatea) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Eliminatec) Cigarette taxes
Eliminated) Corporate taxes
Eliminatee) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Greatly Increasea) Charitable contributions
Greatly Increaseb) Child tax credit
c) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Greatly Increasee) Mortgage deduction
Greatly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

Cut Un-Constitutional spending, Fair Tax, zero based budgeting, reward federal employees for saving money, 2 year budget cycle

7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xe) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
f) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
Nog) Do you support instant run-off voting?
Noh) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Yesi) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
g) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
Xh) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
b) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
e) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
f) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
g) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
h) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
d) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xe) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
h) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
Xb) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
Xd) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
Xf) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
Xg) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xi) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xj) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xk) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xl) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
Xa) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
d) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
e) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
g) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
h) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
i) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
Xa) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
Xd) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Nob) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Noc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Yesd) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
f) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Undecidedb) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Undecidedc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Nod) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
Noa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesb) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Noc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
Undecided4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
No5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
No6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
No4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
No7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Nod) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
Undecidedf) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
Xb) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
Xc) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
Xd) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
f) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xd) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
Xe) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
f) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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