Representative David Scott's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 13, Democratic
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David Scott has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. David Scott is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (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 David Scott a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. David Scott voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. David Scott voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. David Scott voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. David Scott voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. David Scott voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. David Scott voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. David Scott voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (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 David Scott a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. David Scott voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. David Scott voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. David Scott voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. David Scott voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. David Scott voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. David Scott voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. David Scott voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Scott. Need Cooperation to Address Fiscal Cliff. 25 July 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 67 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Blue Dog Coalition. 4 April 2006. "But there are literally thousands of Americans out there, veterans, who are facing these dilemmas every single day. And they are upset about these unwise, foolish, mean, and unnecessary cuts to vital programs not because we cannot afford it, not because we are not wise to do it, but we are doing it just to offset costs for a tax cut for the wealthiest 1 percent in this country. Even them, even Bill Gates and others at that level, are saying, 'We don't need it.' But our veterans need it. Our teachers need it. Our children who are in these trailers, they need it." (www.votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Taxes. 7 August 2012. "In conclusion, I believe as Members of Congress, no matter what side of the aisle we are on, we must protect our constituents and ensure fairness in the tax system. We must also ensure middle-class citizens are not left paying more than the wealthiest of Americans. I would further support reform measures taken to make our tax code simpler and fairer, so that all Americans pay their share." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4297, Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005. 15 March 2006. "As the gentleman from Tennessee pointed out, just look at how this Nation is aching and hurting from the mismanagement of Katrina. Families still devastated, an entire important coastline of this country devastated. And we cannot even deal with that. And some of the very programs, community block grants, being cut. Aid to our veterans, talk about national security, being cut by $2.1 billion. Help to our farmers, to help them with the drought, to help them with the devastation of Katrina, cut, all for the purpose of making unwise tax cuts to the top 10 percent of the wealthy in this country permanent at a time of such great uncertainty." (www.votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Need Cooperation to Address Fiscal Cliff. 25 July 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 67 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Blue Dog Coalition. 4 April 2006. "But there are literally thousands of Americans out there, veterans, who are facing these dilemmas every single day. And they are upset about these unwise, foolish, mean, and unnecessary cuts to vital programs not because we cannot afford it, not because we are not wise to do it, but we are doing it just to offset costs for a tax cut for the wealthiest 1 percent in this country. Even them, even Bill Gates and others at that level, are saying, 'We don't need it.' But our veterans need it. Our teachers need it. Our children who are in these trailers, they need it." (www.votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Taxes. 7 August 2012. "In conclusion, I believe as Members of Congress, no matter what side of the aisle we are on, we must protect our constituents and ensure fairness in the tax system. We must also ensure middle-class citizens are not left paying more than the wealthiest of Americans. I would further support reform measures taken to make our tax code simpler and fairer, so that all Americans pay their share." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4297, Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005. 15 March 2006. "As the gentleman from Tennessee pointed out, just look at how this Nation is aching and hurting from the mismanagement of Katrina. Families still devastated, an entire important coastline of this country devastated. And we cannot even deal with that. And some of the very programs, community block grants, being cut. Aid to our veterans, talk about national security, being cut by $2.1 billion. Help to our farmers, to help them with the drought, to help them with the devastation of Katrina, cut, all for the purpose of making unwise tax cuts to the top 10 percent of the wealthy in this country permanent at a time of such great uncertainty." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Scott. Scott Statement in Support of Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, & Job Creation Act of 2010. 16 December 2010. "Ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, the time is now for us to ask the one fundamental question before us: What is in the best interests of the American people at this time? By "American people,'' I mean every American, from the top of the economic ladder to the bottom, but especially those at the bottom. This is basically a 24-month stimulus bill, by getting money to those who need it most, who will put it in the marketplace the quickest, which will help us create jobs. Seventy percent of this entire $853 billion package will go to the low income and the middle income. There is no other way to put it." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 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 David Scott a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. David Scott voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. David Scott voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Congressman Scott Shares the Details of the Economic Stimulus Plan. 13 February 2008. "Last week the Senate joined the House in support of the bipartisan economic stimulus plan to help hardworking Americans struggling to afford the high costs of energy, health care, gas, mortgage payments and other necessities. The bipartisan stimulus plan will put hundreds of dollars back into the hands of more than 130 million American families to promote economic growth in our slowing economy and create jobs [¦] Tax cuts for More than 130 Million Families. The stimulus plan will provide tax relief of up to $600 for single individuals and $1,200 for married couples, plus an additional $300 for each child." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Providing For Further Consideration Of Conference Report On H.R. 1, American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 28 January 2009. "Well, tax cuts are good, but they are not the only thing. Every economist that we have talked with has said it is spending, because when you spend, you are putting money directly into the economy, creating jobs, and those jobs will yield back tax receipts as well. When you have tax cuts, it's discretionary. A person can use it to save, they can use it to do whatever. But when you inject money directly into the economy, you are, in fact, stimulating that economy." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008. 29 January 2008. "Mr. Speaker, we have had a great debate in here this afternoon. What is on the American people's mind right now are two words: "quickly'' and "now.'' They want this economy turned around quickly and now. The best way to do that is in our plans, getting money to the people who will spend it quickly and now, extending the limits on our lending capacity in FHA quickly and now, and in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac [¦] Americans want to be able to have their jobs. You do that by stimulating the economy and putting the money in the hands of the people who will spend it quickly and now." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Representative Scott Discusses the Economic Recovery and Investment Package . 27 January 2009. "Now, if you want to stimulate the economy, there are only three basic ways to do it: You can cut taxes, which is in here; you can do huge government spending, which is in here; and you can also use the Fed to cut the interest rates, which we have already done and they are frozen at zero. So we are left with these two things. And this package is equally balanced in terms of the impact that is needed. We need to get stimulus in as quickly as we can." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Scott Statement in Support of Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, & Job Creation Act of 2010. 16 December 2010. "Ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, the time is now for us to ask the one fundamental question before us: What is in the best interests of the American people at this time? By "American people,'' I mean every American, from the top of the economic ladder to the bottom, but especially those at the bottom. This is basically a 24-month stimulus bill, by getting money to those who need it most, who will put it in the marketplace the quickest, which will help us create jobs. Seventy percent of this entire $853 billion package will go to the low income and the middle income. There is no other way to put it." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 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 David Scott a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. David Scott voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. David Scott voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Congressman Scott Shares the Details of the Economic Stimulus Plan. 13 February 2008. "Last week the Senate joined the House in support of the bipartisan economic stimulus plan to help hardworking Americans struggling to afford the high costs of energy, health care, gas, mortgage payments and other necessities. The bipartisan stimulus plan will put hundreds of dollars back into the hands of more than 130 million American families to promote economic growth in our slowing economy and create jobs [¦] Tax cuts for More than 130 Million Families. The stimulus plan will provide tax relief of up to $600 for single individuals and $1,200 for married couples, plus an additional $300 for each child." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Providing For Further Consideration Of Conference Report On H.R. 1, American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 28 January 2009. "Well, tax cuts are good, but they are not the only thing. Every economist that we have talked with has said it is spending, because when you spend, you are putting money directly into the economy, creating jobs, and those jobs will yield back tax receipts as well. When you have tax cuts, it's discretionary. A person can use it to save, they can use it to do whatever. But when you inject money directly into the economy, you are, in fact, stimulating that economy." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008. 29 January 2008. "Mr. Speaker, we have had a great debate in here this afternoon. What is on the American people's mind right now are two words: "quickly'' and "now.'' They want this economy turned around quickly and now. The best way to do that is in our plans, getting money to the people who will spend it quickly and now, extending the limits on our lending capacity in FHA quickly and now, and in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac [¦] Americans want to be able to have their jobs. You do that by stimulating the economy and putting the money in the hands of the people who will spend it quickly and now." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Representative Scott Discusses the Economic Recovery and Investment Package . 27 January 2009. "Now, if you want to stimulate the economy, there are only three basic ways to do it: You can cut taxes, which is in here; you can do huge government spending, which is in here; and you can also use the Fed to cut the interest rates, which we have already done and they are frozen at zero. So we are left with these two things. And this package is equally balanced in terms of the impact that is needed. We need to get stimulus in as quickly as we can." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Scott. Need Cooperation to Address Fiscal Cliff. 25 July 2012. "Republicans are concerned about cuts to defense with little care about hits to spending for education, infrastructure, or seniors. I too care about ensuring a strong national defense, but I also care about a strong nation. These devastating cuts will cause hardships for families and local communities at a time when our economy has not fully improved. Georgia will lose over $7 million in child care development block grants, which help residents with child care expenses while they work or attend school. Georgia would lose over $15 million for Head Start and over $30 million for special education programs (IDEA). Not only will these education support programs be cut, but the teachers and child care providers will be fired." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Education. 7 November 2011. "A solid education is paramount to our children's future and thus the future of our country. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Education. 8 August 2012. "A strong education system provides Americans from across the country the knowledge and training they need to be successful leaders and innovators of tomorrow. Of billions being spent nationwide on education at all levels, about 90 percent comes from state, local, and private sources, making education a state and local responsibility. However, federal legislation significantly alters the landscape of elementary, secondary, and higher education. I am committed to ensuring that accomplishments on a federal level build a stronger education system with quality curriculum that equips students to meet the domestic and global demands of the 21st century." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Need Cooperation to Address Fiscal Cliff. 25 July 2012. "Republicans are concerned about cuts to defense with little care about hits to spending for education, infrastructure, or seniors. I too care about ensuring a strong national defense, but I also care about a strong nation. These devastating cuts will cause hardships for families and local communities at a time when our economy has not fully improved. Georgia will lose over $7 million in child care development block grants, which help residents with child care expenses while they work or attend school. Georgia would lose over $15 million for Head Start and over $30 million for special education programs (IDEA). Not only will these education support programs be cut, but the teachers and child care providers will be fired." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Education. 7 November 2011. "A solid education is paramount to our children's future and thus the future of our country. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Education. 8 August 2012. "A strong education system provides Americans from across the country the knowledge and training they need to be successful leaders and innovators of tomorrow. Of billions being spent nationwide on education at all levels, about 90 percent comes from state, local, and private sources, making education a state and local responsibility. However, federal legislation significantly alters the landscape of elementary, secondary, and higher education. I am committed to ensuring that accomplishments on a federal level build a stronger education system with quality curriculum that equips students to meet the domestic and global demands of the 21st century." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Representative David Scott Celebrates Earth Day. 21 April 2012. "Almost four decades ago, a group of visionary Americans energized the environmental movement by dedicating a day to the ideal that we must preserve God's creation, our planet, for future generations to come," stated Rep. Scott. "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. Building a clean energy economy requires the help and participation of every American. Everyone can save money and help grow a clean energy economy by weatherizing their home, purchasing energy efficient appliances, and investing in more fuel efficient vehicles. By working together, on this Earth Day and everyday, we can leave behind a healthier, cleaner planet for our children." (davidscott.house.gov)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Energy and the Environment. 7 November 2011. "In late 2007, the Democratic leadership of the 110th Congress proposed and passed a new, bi-partisan direction for energy security through H.R. 6, the Energy Independence and Security Act. I was pleased to support this legislation when it came up again for a vote on the House floor in December, this time with further input and compromise with the Senate. President Bush signed H.R. 6 into law on December 19, 2007. For the first time in over thirty years, H.R. 6 will raise fuel economy standards to 35 miles per gallon for cars and SUV's by the year 2020." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Blue Dog Coalition. 17 July 2007. "Scientists have pointed out that the Earth's climate is increasing in warmth at a rate of one-tenth of a degree in each of the previous decades. That may sound like a little. But when you look at just 2 degrees since the turn of the century, that is a major, major fact; the fact of dependency on oil in the Middle East, the most unstable region, the fact that we are experiencing the damage of global warming. The reason for the global warming is the excretion of carbon dioxides into the air, and that gives us the greenhouse effect. So on those two points, we have no choice but to proceed directly ahead and provide the kind of sterling leadership this Nation deserves, as you so aptly pointed out, Mr. Matheson, in a very responsible way, in which both sides of the aisle can come together. Everybody can come together and understand that this is not a Republican issue. This is not a Democratic issue. This is an issue for the future of the American people and the people of the world [¦] civilization as we know it could very well run out before the oil runs out with the rapid rate we are going with the damage that oil-driven energy sources around the world are causing with the greenhouse effects [¦] We have to move on the front of getting the American people to do, and we can do this if we use our policy right, if we use our incentives right [¦] I think there is a lot more we can do, in changing the habits of the American people, changing to get them out of the automobiles, and then changing the nature of the automobiles themselves, and then, of course, getting the clean sort of renewable energy we can to put them in. These are the kinds of proposals and approaches that I think this issue calls for, and I think it's the way forward in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsed David Scott in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. David Scott voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed David Scott in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed David Scott in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed David Scott in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). David Scott voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed David Scott in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Representative David Scott Celebrates Earth Day. 21 April 2012. "Almost four decades ago, a group of visionary Americans energized the environmental movement by dedicating a day to the ideal that we must preserve God's creation, our planet, for future generations to come," stated Rep. Scott. "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. Building a clean energy economy requires the help and participation of every American. Everyone can save money and help grow a clean energy economy by weatherizing their home, purchasing energy efficient appliances, and investing in more fuel efficient vehicles. By working together, on this Earth Day and everyday, we can leave behind a healthier, cleaner planet for our children." (davidscott.house.gov)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Energy and the Environment. 7 November 2011. "In late 2007, the Democratic leadership of the 110th Congress proposed and passed a new, bi-partisan direction for energy security through H.R. 6, the Energy Independence and Security Act. I was pleased to support this legislation when it came up again for a vote on the House floor in December, this time with further input and compromise with the Senate. President Bush signed H.R. 6 into law on December 19, 2007. For the first time in over thirty years, H.R. 6 will raise fuel economy standards to 35 miles per gallon for cars and SUV's by the year 2020." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Blue Dog Coalition. 17 July 2007. "Scientists have pointed out that the Earth's climate is increasing in warmth at a rate of one-tenth of a degree in each of the previous decades. That may sound like a little. But when you look at just 2 degrees since the turn of the century, that is a major, major fact; the fact of dependency on oil in the Middle East, the most unstable region, the fact that we are experiencing the damage of global warming. The reason for the global warming is the excretion of carbon dioxides into the air, and that gives us the greenhouse effect. So on those two points, we have no choice but to proceed directly ahead and provide the kind of sterling leadership this Nation deserves, as you so aptly pointed out, Mr. Matheson, in a very responsible way, in which both sides of the aisle can come together. Everybody can come together and understand that this is not a Republican issue. This is not a Democratic issue. This is an issue for the future of the American people and the people of the world [¦] civilization as we know it could very well run out before the oil runs out with the rapid rate we are going with the damage that oil-driven energy sources around the world are causing with the greenhouse effects [¦] We have to move on the front of getting the American people to do, and we can do this if we use our policy right, if we use our incentives right [¦] I think there is a lot more we can do, in changing the habits of the American people, changing to get them out of the automobiles, and then changing the nature of the automobiles themselves, and then, of course, getting the clean sort of renewable energy we can to put them in. These are the kinds of proposals and approaches that I think this issue calls for, and I think it's the way forward in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsed David Scott in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. David Scott voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed David Scott in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed David Scott in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed David Scott in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). David Scott voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed David Scott in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A careful balance between Second Amendment rights and safety in gun ownership is necessary in crafting any policy towards gun control..." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. David Scott voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. David Scott voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. David Scott voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave David Scott a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Congressman Scott Praises Passage of Court Security Improvement Act. 19 December 2007. "With the passage of this bill, we are taking the necessary steps to protect our judicial system's public servants from threats, intimidation and harm. I am particularly pleased this legislation bans not only firearms, but any dangerous weapon from courthouses. The bill also increases penalties against individuals who threaten officials and witnesses or file false liens against court officials as a means of harassment." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Panel II of the Hearing of the House Committee on Financial Services. 20 September 2007 "But even more importantly, why not we go a step further and require by law a background check? I mean, we've got the technology. We're very sophisticated. Most assuredly, if we can do background checks and instant background checks at that on the purchase of firearms to make sure that people are not mentally incompetent or they're the proper age or criminal background, why can't we begin to look at that this way and say that for those subprime loans, particularly those that with low -- where the individual has bad credit -- I don't know, we could come up with a formula, we could come up with something -- but before that can go through, it has to have that instant check, that background check." (votesmart.org)
  • "A careful balance between Second Amendment rights and safety in gun ownership is necessary in crafting any policy towards gun control..." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. David Scott voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. David Scott voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. David Scott voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave David Scott a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Congressman Scott Praises Passage of Court Security Improvement Act. 19 December 2007. "With the passage of this bill, we are taking the necessary steps to protect our judicial system's public servants from threats, intimidation and harm. I am particularly pleased this legislation bans not only firearms, but any dangerous weapon from courthouses. The bill also increases penalties against individuals who threaten officials and witnesses or file false liens against court officials as a means of harassment." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Panel II of the Hearing of the House Committee on Financial Services. 20 September 2007 "But even more importantly, why not we go a step further and require by law a background check? I mean, we've got the technology. We're very sophisticated. Most assuredly, if we can do background checks and instant background checks at that on the purchase of firearms to make sure that people are not mentally incompetent or they're the proper age or criminal background, why can't we begin to look at that this way and say that for those subprime loans, particularly those that with low -- where the individual has bad credit -- I don't know, we could come up with a formula, we could come up with something -- but before that can go through, it has to have that instant check, that background check." (votesmart.org)

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  • David Scott. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. 7 February 2011. "The Affordable Care Act is important for Americans living with HIV/AIDS. The law will help many of these victims manage their disease and remain healthy. Before the law, many would not have health insurance coverage since their infection is a pre-existing condition." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Blog: Congressman Scott on Health Care Repeal - 11 Alive. 5 January 2011. "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. They will take away prescription drug benefits for seniors and small business insurance tax cuts. They will drop young people from their parents' insurance." (www.votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Congressman Scott Supports Affordable Healthcare Choices. 7 November 2009. "It's easy to criticize and just say no. But doing nothing about the high cost of health insurance is totally unacceptable. I chose to rollup my sleeves and go to work for the worthy cause of affordable healthcare for all Americans. I voted to bring down costs for all Americans and make healthcare affordable for the 147,000 constituents in my district without health insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. David Scott voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Healthcare. 7 November 2011. "The belief that all Americans should have access to affordable health care no matter they're age, background or income letter is the reason I voted in favor of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Through health insurance reform, 1,399,600 to 1,575,900 middle class Georgia residents will be eligible for premium credits to ease the burden of these high costs. Health insurance reform will prevent insurance companies from denying coverage based on your health, and it will end discrimination that charges you more if you're sick or a woman." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. 7 February 2011. "The Affordable Care Act is important for Americans living with HIV/AIDS. The law will help many of these victims manage their disease and remain healthy. Before the law, many would not have health insurance coverage since their infection is a pre-existing condition." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Repeal of Obamacare Act. 10 July 2012. "And in 18 months, all Americans will be able to afford a comprehensive health care policy. All of this was done in a fiscally responsible way. And why would anyone want to take away these protections and leave people without health security? Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to oppose this 31st attempt to turn the clock back on the advancements made under the Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "In addition to this being a program in which the vast majority of the American people approve, they do not want you to repeal their opportunity to have individuals, in these tough economic times, their children be able to stay on their insurance till 26." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Blog: Congressman Scott on Health Care Repeal - 11 Alive. 5 January 2011. "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. They will take away prescription drug benefits for seniors and small business insurance tax cuts. They will drop young people from their parents' insurance." (www.votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Congressman Scott Supports Affordable Healthcare Choices. 7 November 2009. "It's easy to criticize and just say no. But doing nothing about the high cost of health insurance is totally unacceptable. I chose to rollup my sleeves and go to work for the worthy cause of affordable healthcare for all Americans. I voted to bring down costs for all Americans and make healthcare affordable for the 147,000 constituents in my district without health insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. David Scott voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Healthcare. 7 November 2011. "The belief that all Americans should have access to affordable health care no matter they're age, background or income letter is the reason I voted in favor of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Through health insurance reform, 1,399,600 to 1,575,900 middle class Georgia residents will be eligible for premium credits to ease the burden of these high costs. Health insurance reform will prevent insurance companies from denying coverage based on your health, and it will end discrimination that charges you more if you're sick or a woman." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Repeal of Obamacare Act. 10 July 2012. "And in 18 months, all Americans will be able to afford a comprehensive health care policy. All of this was done in a fiscally responsible way. And why would anyone want to take away these protections and leave people without health security? Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to oppose this 31st attempt to turn the clock back on the advancements made under the Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "In addition to this being a program in which the vast majority of the American people approve, they do not want you to repeal their opportunity to have individuals, in these tough economic times, their children be able to stay on their insurance till 26." (votesmart.org)

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  • Dennis O'Hayer. WXIA 11 Alive TV: Georgia Reps.: Immigration Fight Ahead. 26 May 2006. "Westmoreland and Scott both said the Senate bill opens the path to citizenship even as we're still trying to secure the borders. They both called that the wrong approach. "First and foremost, we need to secure these borders," Scott said. Both men said nothing should happen on guest worker programs or citizenship until a border plan is in place [¦] Scott wants thousands of regular military people on the Mexican and Canadian borders. He said, "If we could get 20- to 30,000 Marines on that border immediately, everybody will know we're serious."" (davidscott.house.gov)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. David Scott voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. David Scott voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Immigration. 7 November 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Georgia Reps.: Immigration Fight Ahead. 26 May 2006. "'The business in the bill, in the House bill, about making the illegal immigrants felons, is wrong,' Scott said. 'We've got to take that out' [¦] Westmoreland opposes any easy road to citizenship, which he considers amnesty for illegal behavior. He said it's also unfair [¦] Scott sympathizes, but said it won't be easy to separate a guest worker program from some kind of path to citizenship. 'They're here for two, three, four or five years and you say go back?' Scott asked. 'What are they going to do in three to four (years)? You don't think they're gonna have three or four children here? And you don't think those children are gonna be American citizens?'" (davidscott.house.gov)
  • Dennis O'Hayer. WXIA 11 Alive TV: Georgia Reps.: Immigration Fight Ahead. 26 May 2006. "Westmoreland and Scott both said the Senate bill opens the path to citizenship even as we're still trying to secure the borders. They both called that the wrong approach. "First and foremost, we need to secure these borders," Scott said. Both men said nothing should happen on guest worker programs or citizenship until a border plan is in place [¦] Scott wants thousands of regular military people on the Mexican and Canadian borders. He said, "If we could get 20- to 30,000 Marines on that border immediately, everybody will know we're serious."" (davidscott.house.gov)
  • David Scott. Twitter: Electdavidscott. 19 June 2012. "Poll: Big support for President's immigration plan - : http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77564.html#.T-CHYH5iEI0.twitter ¦ via @POLITICO." http://twitter.com/Electdavidscott. (POLITICO.com)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. David Scott voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. David Scott voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Immigration. 7 November 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Twitter: Electdavidscott. 19 June 2012. "Poll: Big support for President's immigration plan - : http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77564.html#.T-CHYH5iEI0.twitter ¦ via @POLITICO." http://twitter.com/Electdavidscott. (POLITICO.com)
  • David Scott. Georgia Reps.: Immigration Fight Ahead. 26 May 2006. "'The business in the bill, in the House bill, about making the illegal immigrants felons, is wrong,' Scott said. 'We've got to take that out' [¦] Westmoreland opposes any easy road to citizenship, which he considers amnesty for illegal behavior. He said it's also unfair [¦] Scott sympathizes, but said it won't be easy to separate a guest worker program from some kind of path to citizenship. 'They're here for two, three, four or five years and you say go back?' Scott asked. 'What are they going to do in three to four (years)? You don't think they're gonna have three or four children here? And you don't think those children are gonna be American citizens?'" (davidscott.house.gov)

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  • "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." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). David Scott voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. David Scott voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 68 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Family Research Council 42 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 28 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 70 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • "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." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). David Scott voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. David Scott voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 68 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. David Scott voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Family Research Council 42 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 28 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 70 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. David Scott voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • David Scott. Blue Dog Coalition Deficits and Debt Background. 15 May 2007. "But we have got the accountability in, and it's geared to moving us in a way to get us out of the crosshairs of this civil war and in this occupation in Iraq so that we can strengthen our military and put the resources in Afghanistan and Pakistan where we know al Qaeda is and allow the Iraqi people to manifest themselves and solve this civil war among themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: War In Iraq. 7 November 2011. "Let me state at the outset that I, the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are committed to ending the war in Iraq as soon as possible and refocusing our nation's attention on fighting the real threats of terrorism around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Blue Dog Coalition Deficits and Debt Background. 15 May 2007. "But we have got the accountability in, and it's geared to moving us in a way to get us out of the crosshairs of this civil war and in this occupation in Iraq so that we can strengthen our military and put the resources in Afghanistan and Pakistan where we know al Qaeda is and allow the Iraqi people to manifest themselves and solve this civil war among themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: War In Iraq. 7 November 2011. "Let me state at the outset that I, the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are committed to ending the war in Iraq as soon as possible and refocusing our nation's attention on fighting the real threats of terrorism around the world." (votesmart.org)

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  • David Scott. Issue Position: Social Security. 7 November 2011. "President Bush's privatization plan had called for everyone younger than 55 to divert a portion of their income subject to Social Security taxation into individual accounts. 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. As a staunch supporter of Social Security, rest assured, I will strongly oppose any reform plan that will weaken the program or take guaranteed benefits away from workers and retirees who depend on them." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. American Needs to Wake up Before it is too Late. 4 May 2005. "Just recently on the issue of Social Security, the President's answer for Social Security is to do what? Borrow more money to set up private accounts. That will do absolutely nothing to deal with the solvency of Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Issue Position: Social Security. 7 November 2011. "President Bush's privatization plan had called for everyone younger than 55 to divert a portion of their income subject to Social Security taxation into individual accounts. 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. As a staunch supporter of Social Security, rest assured, I will strongly oppose any reform plan that will weaken the program or take guaranteed benefits away from workers and retirees who depend on them." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Social Security. 9 February 2005. "I want to spend just a few minutes talking about these private accounts and emphasizing two groups, young people and African Americans. I want to state first out that President Bush insists that he is undertaking this drastic dismantling of Social Security for the good of our young people. He wants Americans to believe that private accounts are a great deal and a good deal for those under age 55. But the President is wrong. Privatizing Social Security not only does not help; it is a hindrance to the financial security of young people for several reasons." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. American Needs to Wake up Before it is too Late. 4 May 2005. "Just recently on the issue of Social Security, the President's answer for Social Security is to do what? Borrow more money to set up private accounts. That will do absolutely nothing to deal with the solvency of Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "David Scott supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • David Scott. Social Security. 9 February 2005. "I want to spend just a few minutes talking about these private accounts and emphasizing two groups, young people and African Americans. I want to state first out that President Bush insists that he is undertaking this drastic dismantling of Social Security for the good of our young people. He wants Americans to believe that private accounts are a great deal and a good deal for those under age 55. But the President is wrong. Privatizing Social Security not only does not help; it is a hindrance to the financial security of young people for several reasons." (votesmart.org)

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