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David Scott's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 13, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 13
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/7826/david-scott#.VXDD_3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/7826/david-scott#.VXDD_3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There are also ways to preserve tax cuts for middle-income families, while asking millionaires to pay the same rates they paid during the Clinton years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/728342/#.VXDFVnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill would not further burden the American economy but instead, strengthen it. The AMT was put in place to ensure that the wealthiest families did not escape paying their taxes altogether." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/374258/#.VXDEnHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have joined as a co-sponsor of H.R. 4545, which would eliminate mandatory minimums for simple possession of cocaine, as well as raise the mandatory minimum (10 years) for possession of crack cocaine from 50 grams to 5 kilograms and mandatory minimum (5 years) for possession of crack from 5 to 500 grams, as with powder cocaine." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/374226/issue-position-crime-and-gang-violence/?search=Mandatory%20Minimum#.VXDJ4HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In order to assist families and individuals in need, I've voted in favor of unemployment insurance extensions and will continue to vote in favor of domestic job expansion programs." http://davidscott.house.gov/issues/issue/default.aspx?IssueID=4197 (davidscott.house.gov)
  • "Going forward, I will continue to advocate for improving access to capital for small business owners, providing affordable health care coverage to small businesses and creating educational opportunities for students interested in business." http://davidscott.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=2261 (davidscott.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There are also ways to preserve tax cuts for middle-income families, while asking millionaires to pay the same rates they paid during the Clinton years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/728342/#.VXDFVnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Recently, with my support the House of Representatives passed an Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) relief bill (H.R. 3996) which would provide for $50 billion in tax relief to some 23 million families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/374258/#.VXDEnHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • "Although most funding designated for elementary and secondary education comes from state, local, and private sources, federal support is necessary for a strong education system." http://davidscott.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=1197 (davidscott.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against "HR 3 - Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VXDGFXUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "The last thing this country should be doing is encouraging development of a huge new greenhouse gas." http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/11/19/keystone-pipeline-1-vote-shy-in-senate.html (www.dispatch.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, we are making the tough decisions necessary to move our country forward by introducing legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create green jobs and invest in researching new clean energy technologies." http://davidscott.house.gov/news/documentprint.aspx?DocumentID=123196 (davidscott.house.gov)
  • "In addition to efficiency, I support the use of energy sources like biomass, wind and solar, where feasible. Renewable energy has the ability to move our country away from a dependence on foreign sources of energy and become more self sufficient." http://davidscott.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=2120 (davidscott.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, we are making the tough decisions necessary to move our country forward by introducing legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create green jobs and invest in researching new clean energy technologies." http://davidscott.house.gov/news/documentprint.aspx?DocumentID=123196 (davidscott.house.gov)
  • "The 13th District experiences some of the worst traffic in the country, contributing to poor air quality and thus affecting the health of the most vulnerable residents in the area. I support ways to protect the health of my constituents in the 13th District by backing sensible environmental protection initiatives in Congress." http://davidscott.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=2120 (davidscott.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Moreover, I continue to support efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. We must work to ensure that gangs and malicious groups or individuals are not allowed access to guns, and with them, the means to conduct violent acts within our communities." http://davidscott.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=3988 (davidscott.house.gov)
  • Rated 10% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/7826/david-scott/37#.VXDG2XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will stand up and fight these attacks on hard-working Georgians. By repealing the Health law, the Republicans will allow insurance companies to cut costs by dropping people when they get sick and denying coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/576982/#.VXDHF3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As we move into the implementation phase of the ACA health exchanges at the end of this year, it is important that we focus on making sure that constituents of the 13th District are informed about the new healthcare options and subsidies available." http://davidscott.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=1198 (davidscott.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Moreover we must also create a policy to address the millions of people who are already here illegally, as simply deporting over twelve million people is not a practical solution." http://davidscott.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=2117 (davidscott.house.gov)
  • "I understand how emotional and important the issue of illegal immigration is to Americans across our nation. Please know I am whole-heartedly against amnesty for illegal immigrants. I believe our first priority is to secure our borders and prevent immigrants entering this country illegally." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/374253/#.VXDHTHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of "H J Res 88 - Same-Sex Marriage Resolution" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/8234#.VXDIQHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Same-Sex Spouses Deserve Equal Social Security Benefits stating "We write to urge the Social Security Administration (SSA) to take all necessary steps to end the unconstitutional discrimination currently preventing many same-sex couples from obtaining the Social Security spousal benefits they have earned." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/875796/letter-to-carolyn-colvin-social-security-administration-acting-commissioner-same-sex-spouses-deserve-equal-social-security-benefits#.VXDHx3UVhHx (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In general, America must only commit our young men and women into battle when all other means are exhausted and only against those who attack us or pose an immediate threat to the safety of our nation." http://davidscott.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=1208 (davidscott.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Supporters of private retirement accounts say personal accounts would expand asset ownership, improve work incentives for younger workers, and increase national saving. However, these new accounts would do little to fix Social Security's long term financing problems and would most likely be offset by cuts in guaranteed benefits, all while adding over $2 trillion dollars to the national debt." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/374256/#.VXDIw3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • " Issues such as the debt limit and sequestration are currently being used to forces changes in the Medicare and Social Security program. Going forward, I strongly support defending the Social Security Trust Fund and strengthening Medicare for America's seniors." http://davidscott.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=1193 (davidscott.house.gov)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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

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