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Lynn A. Westmoreland

Lynn Westmoreland's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Lynn A. Westmoreland
Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 3, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Joan; 3 Children: Heather, Marcy, Trae
Birth Date: 04/02/1950
Birth Place: Atlanta, GA
Home City: Grantville, GA
Religion: Baptist
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Votes to Terminate Taxpayer Funding of Abortions. 4 May 2011. "It's disgraceful that taxpayer might could be used to pay for abortions in this country," stated Westmoreland. "I am adamantly opposed to abortions, as are many residents in Georgia's Third Congressional District, and the thought that tax money forcibly collected from me by the federal government would be used to perform abortions goes against every fiber of my being." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Votes to Fully Fund Troops. 7 April 2011. "I strongly urge Senate Democrats to listen to the American people -- not the president -- and pass this vital legislation. It will fully fund our troops, put our nation on the path of fiscal responsibility, and enact social changes the American people have been calling for, including prohibiting federal funds for abortions. I will also continue to work with my House colleagues to urge the Senate to fulfill their constitutional obligation and finally pass a complete funding bill for the 2011 fiscal year," stated Westmoreland." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Senate Using Christmas To Divert Attention From Unpopular Bill. 21 December 2009. "This bill raises taxes on middle-income families -- violating another Obama pledge to not raise taxes on Americans earning less than $250,000 a year. In fact, this legislation raises taxes on ALL Americans. It increases government's obligation in health care costs by $200 billion over 10 years. It also reinstates taxpayer funding of abortions, which offends the moral conscience of my constituents in Georgia's 3rd Congressional District." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. 28 April 2005. "Mr. Chairman, I rise today to offer my support for an important piece of legislation on which I was unable to vote due to the birth of my granddaughter. During my absence, the House considered the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (H.R. 748) which I co-sponsored, and strongly support. There is no question that we must protect young women from being coerced into obtaining abortions. As the testimony and advertisements made available through the committee process have clearly demonstrated, many clinics deliberately target minors in order to avoid parental notification and consent laws in their home states." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Government Shutdown Averted. 9 April 2011. "In addition to this historic level of cuts, the agreement also gives the American people two big victories when it comes to repealing ObamaCare. First, it guarantees an up or down vote on repealing ObamaCare in the Senate. This legislation passed the House earlier this year, but Senate Democrats had refused to bring it up for a vote. Second, it includes cuts to funding for ObamaCare, making it harder for the Obama Administration to begin enacting this unconstitutional law before the Supreme Court has an opportunity to rule on it. All of this while also preserving the sanctity of life by banning taxpayer funded abortions in the District of Columbia and guaranteeing an up or down vote in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Op-Ed: Health Care Bill Full Of Hidden Surprises. 17 March 2010. "But liberal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave us subtle warning last week that there's plenty more hidden in there. "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it," she said in a speech to county commissioners. [...] Well, they shouldn't vote for it. House Democrats are hearing clearly from their constituents that Americans don't want this bill. Even beyond the unseemly political payoffs, there are many substantive reasons to oppose this bill. It raises taxes by billions of dollars and includes more than $1 trillion in new spending we can't afford, cuts Medicare benefits by half a billion dollars, kills jobs by placing mandates on employers, puts health care decisions in the hands of the government instead of the patient, ignores lawsuit abuse, and allows for taxpayer funding of abortion. With all of these unpopular provisions, it's little wonder that House Democratic leaders are trying to pull every trick in the book, including an effort to pass the bill without actually voting on it." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Lynn Westmoreland. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Lynn Westmoreland voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Lynn Westmoreland voted Did Not Vote on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 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 Lynn Westmoreland a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Issue Position: Preserving Family Values. 6 August 2012. "I believe that life begins at conception and have always supported legislation that would end abortions in this country." (www.lynnwestmoreland.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Blog: The Ultimate War on Women. 31 May 2012. "I strongly oppose the practice of abortions and have consistently fought to outlaw abortions, but the practice of aborting children based solely on their sex is particularly disgusting. For that reason, I supported H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), which would fine doctors who perform abortions for women based solely on the gender of the unborn child." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. House Passes FY2012 Defense Authorization. 26 May 2011. "This defense authorization bill ensures our troops deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world have the resources and training they need to successfully complete their mission. The death of Osama bin Laden, while a victory for the United States, unfortunately does not signify an end to terrorist threats against Americans. We must make certain our military has comprehensive oversight and funding, rather than piecemeal legislation that only creates uncertainty and confusion." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Only Exit Strategy Is A Victory Strategy. 2 December 2009. "Recently returned from meeting with U.S. officials and soldiers in Afghanistan, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland supports President Obama's efforts to increase troop numbers but opposes his timeline for withdrawal. "During our meetings with Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. troops and State Department and Defense Department officials in Afghanistan and Pakistan, we heard a consistent message: We need more troops to get the job done in Afghanistan," Westmoreland said. "I'm glad to see we're adding 30,000 troops; they will undoubtedly make a difference. "But I feel just as strongly that our only "exit strategy' must be a "victory strategy.' The president's policy allows the Taliban to circle a date on their calendars and just wait us out. This undercuts our mission. We need Afghan civilians to work with us to defeat the Taliban insurgency. They're not going to team with our coalition if they think that means certain death for them after we pull out in 18 months." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Providing Needed Resources In Afghanistan. 26 October 2009. "Madam Speaker, as the leader of coalition forces in a faltering Afghanistan, the United States appears indecisive at this critical juncture in the long war. Madam Speaker, we owe it to the Afghan people, the Pakistani people, our allies and our own national security interests and our courageous U.S. troops to stiffen our spines and heed the recommendations put forth by General McChrystal. As a leading expert on counterinsurgency efforts, General McChrystal has rightly put the focus on winning over the Afghan civilians to our side by providing the security they so desperately want for their families and villages." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. War Funding, Spy Bill Finally Pass. 8 July 2008. "In the past month, the House has passed two bills of great significance to national security: war funding for the next year and reauthorization of the law that allows federal agents to act quickly on intelligence and monitor calls coming into the country from terror suspects without a warrant. "It's rare that the Democratic Congress gives members a chance to vote on responsible legislation that will help keep the American people safe, but these two bills represent a true meeting of the minds and compromise on the part of both parties," Lynn said. "I was proud to support both pieces of legislation." The war funding bill approved $162 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through June 2009. The legislation also provided an update to the GI Bill and greatly expanded benefits for our American heroes -- today's soldiers in the War on Terror. The legislation includes more domestic spending than Lynn wanted, but he voted for the compromise because it supports the troops without including any Democratic gimmicks such as withdrawal dates." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Lynn Westmoreland voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Afghanistan Resolution Sends Terrible Message To U.S. Troops. 10 March 2010. "U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland on Wednesday voted against a reckless resolution put forward by Rep. Dennis Kucinich that mandated immediate withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan. The House defeated the measure. "Even though this resolution went down to defeat as it should have, this bill should never have come to the floor for a vote," Rep. Lynn Westmoreland said. "Our troops are facing a serious and deadly enemy on the other side of the world. They are putting their lives on the line in a tough environment, and their Congress meanwhile sends the message that what they're fighting for might not be all that important after all. It's an insult to the troops and the families waiting for them back home." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Lynn Westmoreland voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. House Passes Reconciliation Bill to Stop Drastic and Harmful Military Cuts. 11 May 2012. "I support cutting federal spending -- but not at the expense of our men and women in the armed forces [¦] That is why I opposed the Budget Control Act. Congressional Democrats and the White House have been fighting to shrink our military power and that deal gave them just the ammunition they needed. We all knew the so-called "super committee' was destined to fail from the start and Democrats and the president would get exactly what they wanted -- drastic cuts to our military." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Issue Position: Our National Security. 6 August 2012. "I will continue to work side by side with the leadership at Ft. Benning and in Washington to make sure that we strengthen and maintain our military power so that our brave men and women in the armed forces will be ready for any national security crisis when and where it happens. I will continue to make certain that our men and woman in uniform continue to have the best equipment and training possible and I will work hard to eliminate bureaucratic red tape that hamper our efforts to obtain new weapons and intelligence technology." (www.lynnwestmoreland.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Calls on President to Outline His Plan for Cuts to Defense Spending, Domestic Programs. 19 July 2012. ""One of the reasons I did not vote for the Budget Control Act was because it set up a situation where we could see damaging cuts to our national defense. Well guess what? The worst has happened and now dramatic cuts to our national defense are looming." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Lynn Westmoreland voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Fund our Nation's Troops Without Gimmicks. 15 May 2011. "As the House considered a war funding package Thursday, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland joined the vast majority of House Republicans to block the legislation that demands immediate redeployment of troops in Iraq, adds billions of dollars in extra spending and includes a $52 billion tax hike on some families and many small businesses. "Democrats in the House showed once again that there is no issue so sacred they won't use it for political games. We have no duty more serious than funding our troops on the front lines of war. The generals have told us that we must give the military the money it needs for the rest of 2008 and part of 2009 by Memorial Day or we'll begin to face serious consequences. We're one week away and the Democrats are still pulling stunts. "Republicans have offered a bill that will provide $162 billion to fund the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for the next year. That's what we must pass in order to give the president a bill he can sign." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Rooney, Larson, Westmoreland, Pingree, Griffin Urge Congress to Strike Funding for Wasteful Extra Engine Program. 15 February 2011. "U.S. Reps. Tom Rooney (R-FL), John Larson (D-CT), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Tim Griffin (R-AR) today urged their colleagues in the House to support an amendment to strike funding for the wasteful extra engine program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The amendment, which they will offer on the floor this week, would save taxpayers $450 million in the remaining seven months of fiscal year 2011. The Pentagon projects that to complete the extra engine project would cost approximately $3 billion. [...] Rep. Westmoreland said: "This program is an extravagance we can't afford, pure and simple. Of the 28 aircrafts currently in operation, the F-16 is the only one with a dual source engine. At a time when our country is drowning in more than $14 trillion in debt, every penny we can save the American taxpayers counts. I made a promise to my constituents that I was going to come to Washington and end the out-of-control spending that has plagued our country for the last two years, driving us to the brink of bankruptcy. And I can see no better place to start than with this duplicative and unnecessary program President Bush opposed, President Obama opposes, and Secretary Gates has referred to as "waste.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. House Passes "Path to Prosperity' Budget for FY2013. 29 March 2012. "The House has passed the FY2013 House Republican budget, the Path to Prosperity. The Path to Prosperity sets discretionary spending at $1.028 trillion, below the $1.047 trillion cap Congressional Democrats forced during the debt ceiling negotiations last summer. It is expected to cut $5 trillion compared to President Obama's FY13 budget proposal and is anticipated to reduce deficits by $180 billion compared to the president's budget. Congressman Westmoreland voted in favor of the legislation [¦] Rather than making deep cuts to defense advocated for by Congressional Democrats and the White House, the House Republican budget prioritizes national security while identifying savings that would not decrease our military strength." (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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 92 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Americans Need 'Hope' in President's Speech. 24 February 2009. "Westmoreland would like to see the president support a Republican plan to freeze federal spending as we face a $1.4 trillion deficit this fiscal year. "Tonight, I want to hear the president talk about getting about our fiscal house in order by tightening our belts and making tough decisions just like American families have to do every day," Westmoreland said. "We've heard some talk about raising taxes on the ‘wealthy.' That's a job-killer. Of the taxpayers who report more than $250,000 in income, 64 percent are small business owners. That's taxing the job-creator that we need humming right now more than ever." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Cure The Pork Addiction, Expose The Pandering. 13 March 2008. "The best way to keep jobs in the United States is to provide our employers with competitive advantages. Let's start with lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent the highest in the industrialized world to 25 percent. This would put our businesses on a level playing field with European competitors. We also risk paralyzing consumer spending and business expansion if we allow all of the tax cuts passed this decade to expire on Dec. 31, 2010. Every taxpayer in the nation would face a significant tax hike, such as an increase of $2,000 for a family of four earning $40,000. These cuts having virtually removed the bottom 50 percent of earners from the income tax roles. The Treasury Department reports that in 2008, the share of taxes paid by the bottom 50 of earners will fall from 3.4 percent to 3.1 percent; the amount contributed by the top 1 percent will rise from 38.4 percent to 39.1 percent. So much for calling the tax cuts a 'giveaway' to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Health Care. 12 March 2010. "What we have got to do is remove the uncertainty that's out there to the small business world, to that employer that is ready to create, to expand, to put infrastructure in our communities. We've got to make sure that he has some certainty. The small business people I talk to go, look, I'm not going to do anything until I have some certainty, and the one thing that the 111th Congress has brought to the American people and to the people that create jobs in this country is uncertainty. They don't know what their energy cost is going to be; they have no idea. Is cap-and-trade going to pass that would raise, just on individuals, energy costs of about $3,200 a year? Is that going to pass? I don't know. Are we going to raise taxes on the small business people? Are we going to raise taxes on the people who make over $250,000 or over $200,000 or over $150,000? Most of these subchapter S corps that create the jobs are under those individual guidelines." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Providing For Consideration Of Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010. 21 March 2010. "Mr. Speaker, there's no such thing as a free lunch and there's no such thing as free health care. Yet, the Democrats ramming this legislation through the House against the will of the American people would have you believe that we're going to extend coverage to 32 million and subsidize millions of others, and it's not going to cost average Americans a thing. Somehow, they say, this will all be covered by big businesses and high-income earners, and it won't have any effect whatsoever on average Americans. It's the mysterious ``them'' who will pick up the tab, not ``us.'' The truth is that we're all going to pay, and we will pay big. This legislation will raise taxes by $569 billion, it will raise the insurance premiums of all Americans, it will place a huge new tax on jobs and it will put expensive mandates on individuals and employers." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ 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)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Opposes President Obama's "Mulligan' Budget Proposal to Raise Taxes on American Families and Small Businesses. 13 April 2011. "I ask you not to be fooled by the president's claim that this is only a tax increase on the "wealthy.' According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, 75 percent of US small businesses file taxes on their owners' individual tax form -- meaning many of our small businesses will be caught up in this tax hike. Small businesses account for roughly 70 percent of all job creation in this country, but I can guarantee you if we raise their tax liability we will see that job creation potential dry up. Not to mention that these top income earners the president can't wait to raise taxes on already pay more than their fair share of taxes. In 2008, the top one percent of wage earners paid more than 38 percent of the total personal income tax collected and the top ten percent of wage earners paid an astounding 70 percent of the total personal income tax collected." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. 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)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Issue Position: Lowering Your Tax Burden. 6 August 2012. "That's why I am a proud supporter of the Fair Tax. The Fair Tax would replace our current income tax system with a progressive national sales tax. This would end the need for the burdensome income tax paperwork you must file each year as well as a majority of the Internal Revenue agents, saving taxpayer money. Until we can finally pass the Fair Tax, we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to lessen your tax burden." (www.lynnwestmoreland.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Lynn Westmoreland voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Lynn Westmoreland voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 30 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. 'Stimulus' a Terrible Gift for Valentine's Day. 14 February 2009. "Westmoreland said Democrats used the need for job creation into an excuse to fund a Christmas wish list for liberal social programs. "The Republicans offered an alternative that would create twice the number of jobs at a fraction of the cost, according to the Obama administration's own economic formula," Westmoreland said. "This bill is not about creating jobs; it's about spending. Even if the administration is correct and this bill creates or saves 3 million new jobs, the bill costs $263,000 per job. Americans, I fear, have come to expect something for nothing. We all like free stuff, but the cost of this bill works out to $9,900 per family in this nation. The tab will come due." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Americans Wisely Turning Against Stimulus Plan. 5 February 2009. "Even without this new spending, the federal deficit would top $1 trillion and our debt has soared to $11 trillion. This has real-world consequences. We risk further devaluing our currency and scaring off foreign investors who have seen Uncle Sam as a "safe" place to keep their money. The Democrats' stimulus plan focuses more on fulfilling liberals' pent-up wish list over the eight years than it does with creating or saving jobs. In Georgia, we desperately need transportation infrastructure but spending on those job-creating projects is only 6 percent of the bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Blog: Washington's On The Way To Help With More Spending. 18 June 2010. "Another week in Washington seems to always produce another round of spending. For you and I, that's not a good thing because that means the taxpayers and small business owners in America are losing. But for the Obama Administration and the Democrat majority in Congress, it's their plan. Look no further than Vice President Joe Biden touting the Administration's spending habits when he said that "the stimulus bill is working." The Democrats want you to believe that billions of dollars in so-called stimulus money has created good-paying jobs that will lift our economy. It hasn't." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Georgia's Republican Delegation Calls for Long-Term Economic Stiulus Plan. 29 January 2008. "Georgia's House Republicans today joined together to oppose spending $150 billion of borrowed money, preferring Congress to instead focus on long term economic growth measures. The measure passed 385-35, with one "present," and now goes to the Senate, where senators have vowed to tack on even more spending. [...] "This legislation promises tax rebates, but it's not a tax rebate when we're borrowing money from China to write checks to ourselves. Sending out checks in a couple of months isn't going to expand the economy, it's just going to expand the deficit. This is simply a national credit card binge, and as many Americans are discovering these days, the bill eventually comes due and the results aren't pretty. We are putting the future of our country in the hands of foreigners who buy our debt. It's scary, it's reckless and it's got to stop." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Health Care. 12 March 2010. "Now, we need to be concentrating on jobs. Most of my constituents are calling me saying, look, where are the jobs? You passed a $787 billion stimulus package that was supposed to keep unemployment from going from 8 percent any higher, well, it's at 9.7. The only jobs that have been created have been government jobs. We created about 5,000 jobs with Cash for Clunkers. We have created over 120,000 government jobs since this President has been in office. We need to be concentrating on our economy and on creating jobs from the private sector. We need to be freeing up credit. We need to be making it so small business has an initiative to hire people." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Obama Policies Fail To Stop Job Losses. 6 November 2009. "The Obama administration's economic policies aren't working, perhaps because the Democratic power structure has kept its focus on job-killing legislation such as cap-and-trade and a government takeover of health care," U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland said Friday. "Businesses are facing a brutal economic climate, for sure, but they aren't going to take risks or hire new workers with the possibility of all these new taxes and mandates hanging over their heads." Since the administration passed its stimulus package in February, the United States has lost 3 million more jobs. Georgia alone has lost more than 130,000 jobs. "On Saturday, the Democratic House is scheduled to make the problem even worse," Westmoreland continued. "According to a methodology set up by the president's own senior economic advisers, this health care plan will lead to the loss of 5.5 million more American jobs over the next 10 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Upcoming Budget Lays Path To More Crippling Deficits. 26 February 2009. "President Obama's tax-and-spend plan declares that the era of big government is back in force and it will assure that the federal government's financial health will continue to decline," Westmoreland said. "The spending is unsustainable, and contrary to Democratic rhetoric, this legislation calls for tax increases not on the top 2 percent of wage earners but on all Americans with its significant tax hikes on energy. [...] "These are changes we can't believe in," Westmoreland said. "These changes take us in the wrong direction. In addition to wasteful spending, this bill raises taxes on small businesses and American families during a recession, which will further harm our hopes for job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Yet Another Jobs Bill That Wont Create Jobs. 4 March 2010. "The Democratic Congress can continue to pass spending measures and slap the label "jobs bill' on them, but that's not going to create new, long-term employment for Americans looking desperately for work," Westmoreland said. "Tomorrow, the government will release data that we lost about 100,000 more jobs in February. That's the "success' that the Democrats' agenda has brought us thus far. This $15 billion pales in comparison to the $860 billion passed last year. I'm at a loss as to why we need to spend another $15 billion when the Democrats claim their stimulus bill worked just fine." (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 Lynn Westmoreland a rating of 89 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Opposes President Obama's "Mulligan' Budget Proposal to Raise Taxes on American Families and Small Businesses. 13 April 2011. "After submitting his budget proposal just two months ago that called for $46 trillion in spending over the next ten years with $8.7 trillion in new spending, that would add $13 trillion to the debt over the next ten years, and that would raise taxes $1.6 trillion on families and small businesses, President Obama today unveiled what I can only describe as his mulligan budget proposal after his first try was panned by Republicans and Democrats alike. Unfortunately he muffed his mulligan too." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Votes to Cut $1 Billion in Unnecessary Spending. 11 March 2011. "By the Obama administration's own estimate, 98 cents of every dollar allocated for this program would be wasted," stated Westmoreland. "Our country currently has an almost 9% unemployment rate and more than $14 trillion in debt. Rather than spending $1 billion in taxpayer money on a program that is clearly wasteful and only increases our national debt, we should be focused on job creation and reigning in federal spending. That's what the American people want." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Lynn Westmoreland. Blog: Washington's On The Way To Help With More Spending. 18 June 2010. "I was a businessman, and I know the value of a dollar. I also know that government intervention, additional regulation and more tax burdens hurt businesses, particularly small businesses. These things discourage growth and job creation. In many cases, it forces businesses to lay off employees. This is what drives me to stand up for you against Washington -- I know what you're facing when government creeps further into your life at home and at work. It's why we don't need government-dictated healthcare, for example. It's not good for families or businesses. We need a free-market approach to governing that spends less, cuts taxes to help families and small businesses and ends excessive government takeovers and bailouts." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Marks Three-Month Anniversary of Healthcare Takeover. 23 June 2010. "The President and Democrats promised this takeover would help create jobs, but that's not going to happen. I know firsthand from my time owning a business that government has never created a good-paying job by taking over part of the private sector and telling owners how to run their small business," added Westmoreland. The new requirements and tax increases for businesses are so costly that they'll force the elimination of 1.6 million jobs over the next five years, with 66 percent of those jobs coming from small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Health Care. 12 March 2010. "What we have got to do is remove the uncertainty that's out there to the small business world, to that employer that is ready to create, to expand, to put infrastructure in our communities. We've got to make sure that he has some certainty. The small business people I talk to go, look, I'm not going to do anything until I have some certainty, and the one thing that the 111th Congress has brought to the American people and to the people that create jobs in this country is uncertainty. They don't know what their energy cost is going to be; they have no idea. Is cap-and-trade going to pass that would raise, just on individuals, energy costs of about $3,200 a year? Is that going to pass? I don't know. Are we going to raise taxes on the small business people? Are we going to raise taxes on the people who make over $250,000 or over $200,000 or over $150,000? Most of these subchapter S corps that create the jobs are under those individual guidelines." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Issue Position: Jobs. 14 July 2011. "If we're going to have long-term economic growth and job creation, we have to remove the uncertainty that U.S. employers face. They are not hoping for a small tax credit that might allow them to expand; they're worried about huge tax increases, higher energy costs, and health insurance mandates that will prevent them from keeping the employees that they have now. On October 2009 our nation's unemployment level reached a record 10.2%. This is unacceptable. We have to stop the big government policies that are killing jobs in this country. We need greater incentive for investment and job creation. This can only be achieved with a pro-growth economic agenda of entitlement reform, tax simplification, and regulatory reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Obama Policies Fail To Stop Job Losses. 6 November 2009. "The Obama administration's economic policies aren't working, perhaps because the Democratic power structure has kept its focus on job-killing legislation such as cap-and-trade and a government takeover of health care," U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland said Friday. "Businesses are facing a brutal economic climate, for sure, but they aren't going to take risks or hire new workers with the possibility of all these new taxes and mandates hanging over their heads." Since the administration passed its stimulus package in February, the United States has lost 3 million more jobs. Georgia alone has lost more than 130,000 jobs. "On Saturday, the Democratic House is scheduled to make the problem even worse," Westmoreland continued. "According to a methodology set up by the president's own senior economic advisers, this health care plan will lead to the loss of 5.5 million more American jobs over the next 10 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Yet Another Jobs Bill That Won't Create Jobs. 4 March 2010. "I support tax cuts for small businesses, our country's major engine of jobs growth. But this bill is just more deficit spending piled on top of deficit spending. This tax credit was tried by President Carter back in the 1970s, and it did nothing to relieve the malaise. "There's a reason it didn't work. I'm not convinced that employers are going to take on a $30,000-a-year permanent expense in order to get a $1,000, one-time credit. For most small employers, that math won't work. "If we're going to have long-term economic growth and job creation, we have to remove the uncertainty that U.S. employers face. They aren't hoping for a small tax credit that might allow them to expand; they're worried about huge tax increases, higher energy costs and health insurance mandates that will prevent them from keeping the employees that they have now. The Democrats continue to push those job-killing measures." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Opposes President Obama's "Mulligan' Budget Proposal to Raise Taxes on American Families and Small Businesses. 13 April 2011. "I ask you not to be fooled by the president's claim that this is only a tax increase on the "wealthy.' According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, 75 percent of US small businesses file taxes on their owners' individual tax form -- meaning many of our small businesses will be caught up in this tax hike. Small businesses account for roughly 70 percent of all job creation in this country, but I can guarantee you if we raise their tax liability we will see that job creation potential dry up. Not to mention that these top income earners the president can't wait to raise taxes on already pay more than their fair share of taxes. In 2008, the top one percent of wage earners paid more than 38 percent of the total personal income tax collected and the top ten percent of wage earners paid an astounding 70 percent of the total personal income tax collected." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Issue Position: Creating Jobs. 6 August 2012. "I believe the private sector, and not the government, create jobs. Rather than spending taxpayer money on more failed stimulus plans that play favorites with the president's largest campaign donors, we need to pass legislation that remove the uncertainty and barriers that hinder job creation by American small businesses. Instead of increasing their tax rate like President Obama continues to advocate for, we should decrease their tax burden, freeing up more earnings to expand and hire more employees." (www.lynnwestmoreland.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

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  • Lynn Westmoreland. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008. 18 July 2007. "Under titles II, III and IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Federal Government provides extensive support to States and operates numerous programs designed to enhance teacher recruiting and training. While many of these programs provide important services, States would be well served to receive this funding in the form of a block grant with increased flexibility to use these funds on the programs most needed in that State. Mr. Chairman, I know from talking to my local school board superintendents and school board members that they certainly agree with that. No Child Left Behind, while working in a lot of situations, has cost them more money, really, to implement those programs than they receive in Federal dollars because a lot of that money is, has to be spent in a certain area. This would be an opportunity that we could take this very, very small amount out. The President recommended a zero. It was funded at $21.7 million last year, so there's been a 10 percent increase this year, and just zero the program out." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Issue Position: Education. 6 August 2012. "I will work hard to improve our nations' education system and make sure that every child is afforded an opportunity to pursue the American dream. However, it should be the input of the parents, local teachers, principals and school administration that determine the wants and needs of our school system. It is, after all, these individuals who are working with our children on a daily basis and have the true influence." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmorelandland. Issue Position: Education Reform. 13 July 2011. "In 2002, the No Child Left Behind education reform package was signed into law. This law includes provisions designed to close the achievement gap, offer more flexibility, and give parents more educational options for their children. While these are admirable intentions, it is the duty of the states, not the federal government, to educate our children. Ensuring local control of the education system is one of the best ways to maintain accountability. When it comes to making decisions that will impact our children for the rest of their lives, those who are best suited to make the decisions are the parents, teachers, and principals that work with these students on a daily basis." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Lynn Westmoreland. Preserve America and Save America's Treasures Act. 8 July 2008. "Mr. Speaker, we have about 2.5 billion acres of Federal land and offshore that we could be drilling on; 68 million of that has leases that oil companies have leased. And we certainly--and I say we, I'm talking about the minority--do not think that Big Oil does not play some part in this. But the reality of it is we cannot expect Big Oil to go out and drill on leased land that has no oil or no gas. You do not go grocery shopping at a hardware store. We need to open up this land that is available, that the Department of Interior, that the Minerals and Management Service says that there is gas and oil there. We need to open up this land to let people drill on, to let people get our natural resources out of the ground rather than us being dependent on going to foreign countries on bended knee with hat in hand asking them to sell us their natural resources when we refuse to use our own." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 3121, Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2008. 10 July 2008. "Mr. WESTMORELAND. Madam Speaker, I also want to address what the gentleman from Michigan on the other side just got through saying about they are for drilling. Well, if they are for drilling, why is it that they pulled the appropriations bill when there was just a mention of having an amendment to allow drilling? Let me just go back to April 2006 when then-minority leader Nancy Pelosi, now Speaker, said the Democrats have a commonsense plan to lower the skyrocketing price of gas. Where is that plan? Well, the plan was supposed to be, I guess, H.R. 6, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which came forth. I am assuming this was the commonsense plan that the Democrats had. [...] If we're so bipartisan now that this issue has come up and that the majority has not been able to address it, why are we wanting to be bipartisan now? Why weren't we bipartisan when we passed H.R. 6? And let me tell you this: In that bill of over 300 pages, crude oil's mentioned five times, gasoline is mentioned one; exploratory drilling is mentioned two; offshore drilling, zero; domestic drilling, zero; domestic oil, zero; domestic gas, zero; domestic fuel, zero; domestic petroleum, zero; gas prices, zero. Commonsense, goose egg." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. House Votes to Expand American Energy Production. 11 May 2011. "The only way we will ever become energy independent -- a goal I truly believe this country can achieve -- is if we take an all-of-the-above approach to energy production," stated Westmoreland. "The Obama Administration's constant assault on traditional forms of energy, including this de facto moratorium on offshore drilling, will only result in the United States depending more and more on foreign countries for oil. As this happens, we hand over more control of oil prices to foreign countries, not to mention the American money being sent overseas that could instead be injected into the American economy. In the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act, we encourage the production of new sources of American energy and create jobs for Americans -- all while increasing safety and security measures to help prevent accidents like we saw in the Gulf last year." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Letter tothe Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United Sates. 18 February 2011. "In light of this week's announcement that Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) has completed the initial well containment system, we again request an end to the de facto moratorium and a return to the timely and responsible issuance of offshore drilling permits. This announcement by MWCC is welcome news for countless families in the Gulf region who so heavily rely on energy production for their livelihoods, many of who have been out of work since the Macondo tragedy. On January 25, 2011 the Department of Interior again refused to lift the de facto moratorium, preventing these men and women from returning to work because energy companies had not shown a capability to respond to a massive oil spill." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Energy Crisis. 8 July 2008. "It's interesting that I heard some of the Blue Dogs talking about increasing oil production. And I know that in May of 2007 there was an amendment that we passed that prohibits us from drilling shale oil, where there's two trillion barrels of oil. Two of the speakers here tonight voted for that amendment to keep us locked out of that acreage out west where the shale oil is. And Madam Speaker, if people could see this chart, May of 2007 is when the biggest spike in the oil prices happened. And I think that's a time when the speculators saw that this Congress was not going to do anything about our own oil production. We refused to do it. And I think the speculators took great advantage of this and said this is a country that's not going to look to their own resources, they're going to be totally dependent on foreign oil, so we'll do with them as we wish." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Congress Takes Step Toward More U.S. Drilling. 24 September 2008. "Today the American people won on the floor of the House as we took a major step toward drilling offshore and in the oil shale of the Rocky Mountain West," Westmoreland said. "We've fought diligently all year to open up new domestic energy supplies and the American people have supported our ‘all of the above' policies to create good-paying jobs and to ease the pain at the pump." The bans on drilling offshore and in the oil shale of the Rocky Mountain West were renewed each year in federal spending bills. This year, Democrats capitulated rather than force their members to take an unpopular vote against environmentally responsible energy production one month before an election." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Americans Rally To 'All Of The Above' Energy Plan. 25 August 2008. "A New York Times poll last week showed that Americans favor opening up more offshore drilling by a margin of 2-1. The numbers are stark, with 62 percent saying they favor offshore drilling and a mere 28 percent rejecting it as too risky. More than 70 percent believe that quick development of alternative energies would "accomplish a great deal." It's clear that Americans want the "all of the above" strategy that I am supporting in the American Energy Act. This bill promotes development of alternative energy and conservation while also opening new areas for drilling in Alaska, offshore and in the shale of the Rocky Mountain West. We have energy resources here, yet liberal leaders would prefer that we buy it from hostile regimes. Congress has taken 75 percent of our onshore energy resources off the table, making them off limits to energy exploration and production. The American Energy Act fixes that." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. American Energy Solutions For Lower Gas Prices. 22 July 2008. "Last week the President recalled or withdrew the Presidential ban on offshore drilling. Now, it's up to this House to do the same thing. We have to withdraw the congressional ban to explore and to do the offshore drilling. But so far, we've refused to do that. In fact, every bill that has come to this floor, including the Democrats' energy bill of January of 2007, has been either under a closed rule or under suspension. Now, Mr. Speaker, you know that being under suspension, you have no ability to amend the bill, there is 20 minutes of debate normally on each side, probably not even a subcommittee or a committee hearing on the process. So these bills have come with little input from all the Members of this body." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Lynn Westmoreland voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Lynn Westmoreland voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. 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)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Real Energy Solutions. 20 June 2008. "If I could just interrupt, claim back my time for just 1 minute in the fact that they want us to use alternative fuels. They want to go to alternative fuels and we do to. We think that is something that we need to be developing. [¦] And to my friend, reclaiming my time for just a moment. That is the reason that I came up with the petition because there were so many people that were signing petitions on the Internet, drill here, drill now, lower prices, other locations, that I knew we will never get to have a straight up or down vote on the drilling, onshore, offshore and adding refineries. And so that's the reason I wanted to come up with the petition." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Lynn Westmoreland. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 14 August 2008. "I, Lynn Westmoreland, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Georgia and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in federal government revenue." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. All-of-the-Above Energy. 28 March 2012. "It seemed as though the President had finally come around when he said in his State of the Union speech earlier this year, right here in this room: This country needs an all-out all-of-the-above energy strategy that develops every available resource of American energy [¦] Unfortunately, the President hasn't stayed true to his words. In fact, just yesterday the EPA announced their latest set of regulations that will effectively ban the building of any new coal-fired power plants by dramatically decreasing carbon dioxide emissions. Whether the President and environmentalists like it or not, coal currently accounts for almost half of the electricity generated in this country. Effectively eliminating coal-fired power plants is only going to increase the cost of electricity to American families. We can no longer allow the White House to say one thing and do another when it comes to energy. If the President truly supports the Republican all-of-the-above energy strategy as he claimed he did, then he needs to follow through. It's time we start to take advantage of all of the God-given natural resources this country has and to have American-made energy, American-made power that will power this Nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. The EPA Puts the Screws to Power Plants. 22 September 2011. "I'm sure most of you are well aware of the activist stance the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken, especially under the direction of Lisa Jackson. Over the last two years, they have proposed some of the most controversial rules and regulations that, even by their own accounting, have the potential of costing American companies tens of billions of dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland: President Obama's Energy Plan Is to Drive Up Cost of Gas, Then Tap Emergency Reserve for Political Points. 2 March 2012. "Don't let the president's campaign rhetoric fool you; this is exactly what he wants [¦] Whether he's blocking oil exploration permits, refusing to authorize the Keystone Pipeline, or having his attack dogs at the EPA enact billions of dollars in new regulations on energy companies, President Obama has done nothing but make sure gas prices would rise in order to appease his environmental buddies. His own Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said he wanted to raise our gas prices to the same levels as Europe -- where people in Italy are paying $9.24 a gallon." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Lynn Westmoreland voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Cap-and-Tax Will Slam Economy Without Affecting Climate. 26 June 2009. "U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland today voted against the "cap-and-tax" bill called the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. The bill, which passed 219-212, essentially implements a national energy tax in an effort to limit greenhouse emissions. "In all my years in elected office, I've never seen the people's representatives pass a more economically destructive piece of legislation than this," Westmoreland said. "This cap-and-tax system will dramatically raise the cost of business, raise the costs of products, raise the cost of transportation; it will cost many good-paying jobs while at the same time causing the cost of living to soar for American families - about $3,000 a year more in energy costs for the average family of four." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Blog: Bankrupting the Coal Industry: A Promise Actually Kept by President Obama Unfortunately. 24 May 2012. "Unfortunately, President Obama and many Congressional Democrats continue to fight US coal production in every way they can. After they failed to pass the controversial cap-and-trade legislation through Congress, the president has used the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to essentially regulate cap-and-trade into law. Through the EPA, the president has enacted some of the strictest and most expensive regulations on the energy industry in our nation's history, and arguably one of the energy sectors hardest hit by the EPA is the coal industry [¦] Whether the president and environmentalists like it or not, coal is an abundant resource that must be a part of our overall energy plan. Regulating the industry into oblivion will only cause energy prices to skyrocket and tens of thousands of Americans to lose their job." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Lynn Westmoreland a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Issue Position: The Second Amendment. 6 August 2012. "As a gun owner and avid hunter, I have always been a strong supporter of protecting that right. Liberal activists are working hard to find ways to take your guns and curb your right to bear arms. One of my top priorities is to stop them from infringing your rights and protecting our guns. There are those in Washington who want even more restrictive gun laws in place because they blame guns for the violence in our society. Well, I disagree. The solution to curbing violence lies in our homes, schools, and places of worship “ not by limiting the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens." (www.lynnwestmoreland.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Calls on Senate to Pass Legislation Extending Concealed-Carry Permits Across State Lines. 23 July 2012. "Last November, the House passed H.R.822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. As an avid gun owner and strong Second Amendment supporter, I was a co-sponsor of the bill and voted for it. The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act would allow a person who has a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state, carry in another state in accordance with that state's laws." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Lynn Westmoreland in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Energy and Our Constitution. 29 April 2008. "Thank you, Mr. Garrett. This has something to do with the Constitution, something to do with what the intent of our Founding Fathers was. I don't think that they had in mind Senate bill 2739 which just passed the House with 117 dissenting votes and they must have had right at 300 who voted for it. It was an omnibus bill that included 61 distinct pieces of legislation, 61, at a cost of $380 million. Sixty-one bills rolled into one, $380 million, 20 minutes debate, voted under suspension. That has got to make Americans proud, Madam Speaker. It has got to make our Founding Fathers roll over in their graves. [...] It also kicked out and stripped out some amendments put in by the House that would have protected the second amendment, and I believe that may be in the Constitution, it is talked about somewhere, the second amendment. So the right to bear arms and property rights in these natural heritage areas were stripped out of this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 13 July 2011. "The Congressman is a gun owner and hunter, and has consistently fought to protect the right to keep and bear arms. There are a number of laws in Washington which abridge this right, like the gun ban in the city limits of Washington DC, which simply do not make sense. While many call for more gun laws, we need to enforce the laws that are already on the books. The true solution to gun violence is not creating more laws, but rather in something Congress can't do--changing the basic values people cherish. The solution to violence lies in our homes, schools, and places of worship as people learn the value of the lives of others." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 13 July 2011. "I am a strong supporter of the second amendment and I am proud to have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA). I have worked and will continue to work for the rights of gun owners and will opposed any legislation that seeks to undermine or infringe upon their constitutional right to bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Lynn Westmoreland. Twitter: RepWestmoreland. 11 July 2012. "House passes bipartisan bill to repeal #ObamaCare, one of the largest #taxes in American history. #FullRepeal https://twitter.com/RepWestmoreland/status/223148995135012864. (goo.gl)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Twitter: RepWestmoreland. 28 June 2012. "Shocked and angered by #SCOTUS decision today to uphold unconstitutional #ObamaCare." (twitter.com)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Votes Once Again to Repeal Job-Killing ObamaCare Law. 11 July 2012. "This is a horrible law that we cannot afford and that the majority of the American people don't want, plain and simple. We can all agree that we need some targeted reforms to our health care system. But that doesn't mean we need a trillion dollar government takeover of our health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Votes to Terminate Taxpayer Funding of Abortions. 4 May 2011. "Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3 the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This legislation codifies the long-standing, bipartisan agreement known as the Hyde Amendment that restricts the use of taxpayer money on abortion-related costs. It was drafted in response to the unprecedented expansion of the federal government's role in health insurance and health care under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. "It's disgraceful that taxpayer might could be used to pay for abortions in this country," stated Westmoreland. "I am adamantly opposed to abortions, as are many residents in Georgia's Third Congressional District, and the thought that tax money forcibly collected from me by the federal government would be used to perform abortions goes against every fiber of my being." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. House Votes to Cut Funding to ObamaCare Programs. 5 May 2011. "I know many of you have grown weary with how long it is taking Republicans to repeal the job-killing ObamaCare law. I have also become frustrated with how long this process has taken. However, I have to remind myself that while Republicans were able to take back the House after the 2010 elections and we saw gains in the Senate and in state and local races across the country, we still only control one half of one third of the federal government. Senate Democrats and the White House are doing everything they can to stop us from doing the work of the American people and repealing this harmful law. "One way to thwart their stalling is with smaller bills, like these, that allow us to defund certain portions of ObamaCare. Through small victories like these that eat away at the foundation of the law while also cutting billions and billions of wasteful federal spending, we will eventually be able to eradicate ObamaCare once and for all," stated Westmoreland." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Letter To Thurbert Baker, State Attorney General, Georgia. 25 March 2010. "As you know, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R.3590) was signed into law by the President of the United States on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Once fully implemented, this law will restrict the economic freedom of every single Georgian and may irreparably harm the safety and security of our health care system and, indeed, our country. We, the undersigned, have concerns that multiple portions of the legislation will cause undue hardship on the citizens of Georgia and may be an unconstitutional expansion of Federal powers to require Georgians to purchase a commercial product under penalty of law. [...] Although you have thus far indicated you are not inclined to file suit, given the unusual threat to the security of our state, we respectfully request that you reconsider your posture and act immediately in the best interests of Georgia's citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Marks Three-Month Anniversary of Healthcare Takeover. 23 June 2010. "Today, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland marked the three-month anniversary of ObamaCare, the government's takeover of healthcare, by noting the broken promises that have followed its passage. Most alarming are the burdens placed on small businesses located throughout Georgia's Third Congressional District. "The total cost of ObamaCare is close to $1 trillion," said Westmoreland. "But what's more shocking is the effect on small business owners. They are facing more federal government mandates but most won't get any tax breaks to help cover those new costs. [...] "We need to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with a real plan that lowers costs and looks out for small businesses," concluded Westmoreland." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Government Shutdown Averted. 9 April 2011. "In addition to this historic level of cuts, the agreement also gives the American people two big victories when it comes to repealing ObamaCare. First, it guarantees an up or down vote on repealing ObamaCare in the Senate. This legislation passed the House earlier this year, but Senate Democrats had refused to bring it up for a vote. Second, it includes cuts to funding for ObamaCare, making it harder for the Obama Administration to begin enacting this unconstitutional law before the Supreme Court has an opportunity to rule on it. All of this while also preserving the sanctity of life by banning taxpayer funded abortions in the District of Columbia and guaranteeing an up or down vote in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood." (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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  • Lynn Westmoreland. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Condemns President Obama's Decision to Ignore Federal Law. 15 June 2012. "Today, the Obama Administration announced it will stop deporting illegal immigrants who are younger and came to the United States as children and will instead grant them work permits. The controversial new plan is expected to affect upwards of 800,000 illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. The president's announcement shows his complete disregard for our laws. If he does not like the law, he should work with Congress to change the law in a legal and proper manner. Until then, instructing federal officers not to enforce the laws on the books only encourages others to break our laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Lynn Westmoreland in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Lynn Westmoreland voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Issue Position. Immigration. 13 July 2011. "We are a nation of immigrants, and it is clear that anyone who wants to come to this nation and properly follow the rules of admission to citizenship or legal status should be welcomed with open arms. The call of freedom is clear from the United States across the world. But we must not reward those who violate our laws when coming into this country. People who have come to the United States illegally should not be given citizenship in any sort of amnesty proposal." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Issue Position: Immigration. 13 July 2011. "After the House acted, the U.S. Senate passed a bill allowing a path to citizenship and a guest worker program. The Senate proposal allows illegal immigrants to gain credit in the Social Security system for time when they were illegally present in the U.S., and fails to effectively seal the border. The Senate bill is unacceptable without major amendments. Lynn is working with leadership in both the House and Senate as the immigration legislation is dealt with by a conference committee. Lynn believes in sealing the borders first, then dealing with the other questions on the immigration debate." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Lynn Westmoreland in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland votes for marriage amendment. 18 July 2006. "U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland today voted for the Marriage Protection Amendment, which would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman in the U.S. Constitution. The amendment fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for amendments, 236-187. "The traditional family is the basis of the American life. The people of Georgia - and Americans in states across the nation - have voted to define marriage in their state constitutions only to be overruled by judges. In Massachusetts, the top state court went even further by creating a right to gay marriage," said Westmoreland. "I will continue to support the traditional definition of marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Lynn Westmoreland voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Lynn Westmoreland voted Did Not Vote on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Lynn Westmoreland voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Issue Position: Preserving Family Values. 6 August 2012. "I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, as established the in the Bible, and that the sanctity of marriage must be protected." (www.lynnwestmoreland.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. 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." (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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  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland Joins Other House Members in Seeking National Security Answers from Inspectors General. 14 June 2012. "We must always stay vigilant when fighting against those who want to destroy our way of life. The Muslim Brotherhood may not have the name recognition of al-Qaeda or the Taliban, but that does not mean they don't have the potential to be just as deadly. I'm hoping these letters will send the message to our country's intelligence, law enforcement and diplomatic agencies that we cannot ignore the Muslim Brotherhood and must look into their operations and membership with the seriousness that is necessary in order to root them out of our government." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Providing Needed Resources In Afghanistan. 26 October 2010. "As an American and as a Member of this House, I hate to put U.S. soldiers in harm's way, whether it is on our own shores or halfway around the world. We all wish that we could remove our troops from the day-to-day, face-to-face conflicts with the insurgent forces in Afghanistan. We all wish that we could finish this job by dropping bombs on the bad guys from the safety of unmanned drones or conducting surgical strikes with Special Forces. These counterterrorism efforts hold much appeal and those tactics can win in many battles. But there is a problem. Our own very recent experiences teach us that counterterrorism alone can't win this wider war." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland: Relationship with Pakistan Moving from "Shaky to Unsound'. 16 June 2011. "Even before the death of Osama bin Laden, America's relationship with Pakistan was on shaky ground. That is because time and time again, Pakistani officials have failed to properly fulfill their role as an ally in the War on Terror. These dubious actions on the part of Pakistan added to the recent reports are quickly moving our relationship with them from shaky to unsound. "We have given more than $15 billion in aid to Pakistan over the last ten years -- aid that was given on the assumption that Pakistan would honor its promise to support the United States as we root out terrorists in and around Pakistan. However, it appears more and more likely that Pakistan may not be honoring that promise. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I take these matters very seriously. It is my duty to ensure there is proper oversight of our intelligence community, which includes our interaction with Pakistan. My constituents did not send me to Washington to throw $15 billion at a country who only pretends to support our interests," stated Westmoreland." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. House Rebuts President's Unilateral Military Action in Libya. 3 June 2011. "While the president does serve as this country's commander-in-chief, he does not have the power to declare war. That power is held solely by Congress. We are now 74 days into the conflict in Libya, and we still have no clear goal or directive governing our involvement. The atrocities occurring in Libya under the oppressive regime of Muammar Gaddafi are certainly of concern, but we cannot involve ourselves in conflicts in other countries for that reason alone. The Secretary of Defense Robert Gates himself stated that Libya is not a "vital interest' for America and did not pose a threat to American security. There are, unfortunately, atrocities that occur all around the world. And we simply do not have the funds or the manpower to intervene in every one." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland: "This is a Great Day for America." 2 May 2011. "Today is a great day for America. After years of searching for the terrorist behind the most massive strike on American soil since World War II, we have finally killed Osama Bin Laden. This is a huge victory for our troops and I would like to personally thank them for all they have done for us. This historic victory is also due to our Intelligence Community and all of our international partners in the War on Terror. Without their work and support, we would never have been able to achieve this. The backbone of al-Qaeda is no more," stated Westmoreland." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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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  • Lynn Westmoreland. Medicare and Social Security on "Unsustainable Paths". 23 April 2012. "This latest news comes on the heels of more bad information for Social Security. In 2011, Social Security paid out more in benefits than in received in payroll tax revenues -- the first sign of impending doom for the program. Even with this information, Congressional Democrats and the White House still continued to push for no reforms to Medicare or Social Security saying that everything was fine [¦] Social Security and Medicare are a lifeline for many of our country's seniors and we must reform both programs so we can save them for today's seniors and future generations. Burying our heads in the sand like Congressional Democrats and the White House seem to want to do simply isn't a viable option anymore." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Westmoreland supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 10 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Medicare and Social Security. 17 August 2012. "Whether the president and Congressional Democrats like it or not, Medicare and Social Security simply cannot maintain the status quo and survive. Therefore, in order to save both of these programs for our children and grandchildren, we are looking at many different options. I promise you that none of these options for saving Medicare or Social Security will affect anyone currently receiving either one. Those who are 55 years and older have paid into these systems their entire lives and their benefits should not be affected simply because Congress has refused to fix this problem before now." (www.lynnwestmoreland.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Social Security Recipients Will Receive Standard of Living Increase in 2012 for First Time in Two Years. 26 October 2011. "I am happy to see Social Security beneficiaries will once again see a cost of living adjustment in 2012 [¦] But this does not address the bigger issue facing many of our seniors who rely solely on Social Security benefits -- including the potentially unfair basis of COLAs and whether Social Security will be sustainable in their lifetime. House Republicans have been working to reform and improve Social Security for today's seniors and generations to come. As we continue down this road, I want to reassure seniors in Georgia's Third Congressional District that I will fight to protect their Social Security while working to protect Social Security for their children and grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Westmoreland. Saving Social Security. 17 August 2012. "I also support allowing the investment of Social Security money in the private market in order to raise the rate of return for workers. Private capital markets have always yielded a much higher return than Social Security, and if we allow people to invest in personal accounts, it will bring more revenue to the Trust Fund." (westmoreland.house.gov)

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Georgia State Legislative Election 2000 National Political Awareness Test

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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) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape or the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xf) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
Xh) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Education (Higher)
Maintain Funding Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Greatly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingg) Welfare
h) Other
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusi) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
l) Other
Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Yesn) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yeso) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Georgia taxpayers?
Yesp) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Yesq) Do you support limiting property tax increases to the national rate of inflation?
Yesr) Do you support raising the Homestead tax exemption to $50,000 for all Georgia property owners?
Yess) Do you support allocating a portion of the tobacco settlement to create a medical center specializing in cancer screening and treatment?
t) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty in Georgia.
Xe) Implement lethal injection as the method of execution in Georgia.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
l) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
m) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
n) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
o) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
p) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
q) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
f) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xg) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
Xi) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
j) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xk) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
l) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
m) Create a "boot camp" which provides leadership training to public school principals.
Xn) Allow public schools to offer history and literature courses based on the Bible.
o) Provide state funds to establish an Office of Education Accountability.
p) Provide state funds for college expenses of individuals who agree to teach in rural areas.
q) Other
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Provide tax incentives to employers who provide on-site child care.
f) Other
Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?
Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Support funding for recycling programs in Georgia.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power companies.
i) Require all farmers to pay the clean-up cost for their waste lagoons.
j) Require all vehicles in Georgia to undergo annual emissions inspections.
Xk) Allow recreational fields to be classified as designated green space areas.
l) Provide state funds to construct a passenger rail network connecting Georgia cities.
Xm) Increase state funds to the Georgia Road Improvement Program.
n) Other
Noo) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit on terms for Georgia Governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Georgia State Senators and Representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesa) Individual
Yesb) PAC
Yesc) Corporate
Yesd) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nog) Do you support voting on-line?
Noh) Do you support on-line voter registration?
Yesi) Do you support reducing the number of signatures required to place third-party candidates on the ballot?
j) Other

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Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Require a 10-year minimum prison sentence for anyone convicted of possessing a gun on school property or at a school function.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xc) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
Xg) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xh) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xi) Increase state funds to expand home and community-based services provided to "mentally-retarded" residents.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
b) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
d) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
e) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
f) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
g) Allocate a portion of the lottery revenue to fund educational outreach programs at museums across the state.
Xh) Increase state funds for the care of foster-children in Georgia.
i) Allow Georgia's Child Advocate to file criminal and civil suits in child abuse cases.
j) Other
Nok) Should physician assisted suicide be legally available in Georgia?
Nol) Should Georgia include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Nom) Should Georgia recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesn) Should Georgia restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
Noo) Do you support removal of the Confederate symbol from the Georgia state flag?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
Xi) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xj) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
k) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
l) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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