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Tom Price's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Tom Price has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2016.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (
  • "Each year Americans come to Washington to draw attention to the sanctity of life and to speak for those who have no voice. It is an honor to stand with so many of my fellow Americans in the fight to protect and defend the most innocent." (
  • "Despite claims made by the previous Democrat majority, ObamaCare allows for federal funding of abortion. House Republicans are doing our part to correct this heinous component of an already disastrous affront to health care." (
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

  • "I firmly believe that the "FairTax" is the way to return common sense to our tax system. […] This initiative creates a national retail sales tax to replace all income taxes, payroll taxes, and estate taxes - eliminating the need for the IRS entirely. " (
  • "Furthermore, I am a strong believer and cosponsor of the FairTax proposal, a truly innovative way to fundamentally reform our tax code." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "No nation in the history of the world has ever taxed and spent its way into prosperity, and the United States is not about to be the first. " (
  • "One would think a looming debt crisis and annual deficits well-over a trillion dollars would be reason enough for the Senate Democrat leadership and President Obama to get serious about solving our nation's fiscal problems. There is no excuse for their stubborn refusal to support or offer solutions that will begin to alleviate the barriers to job creation and economic growth." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In each of the last three years, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a budget that included a pro-growth tax reform component that would close special interest loopholes, lower tax rates, broaden the tax base, and simplify the code." (
  • "I firmly believe that the "FairTax" is the way to return common sense to our tax system. […] This initiative creates a national retail sales tax to replace all income taxes, payroll taxes, and estate taxes - eliminating the need for the IRS entirely. " (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The movement to embrace school choice is fundamental to our belief that parents know best what their children need and that the government should not try to limit opportunities by insisting on a one-size-fits all scenario." (
  • "This foundation of learning must continue to be built on the local control of schools that empowers parents and school districts to make the best decisions for their children, not the federal government." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of "HR 3 - Northern Route Approval Act" (
  • "With today's vote, authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline will finally travel to the president's desk. After years of delays and the previous Democrat-controlled Senate running interference for the White House, the bill to authorize thousands of jobs and increase our energy independence will have an opportunity to become law. The president should sign it." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Instead, let's empower the American people to do just that with sustained investment. [...] the package makes the Research and Experimentation tax credit permanent, offers new and extended tax credits to incentivize renewable energy technologies, and provides incentives for super fuel efficient vehicles and microturbines to increase national grid efficiency." (
  • "[…] Democrats should join Republicans in the pursuit of an all-you-can-create energy policy. Our strategy utilizes America's natural resources so we are less reliant on foreign providers. And it invests in a cleaner, renewable energy future that will have a positive impact on our environment and our future prosperity." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Proponents of the National Energy Tax often claim a desire for the United States to lead the world' in fighting global warming. Perhaps they forget that Europeans have floundered beneath their own carbon trading scheme for more than a decade with little to show." (
  • Sponsored and voted in favor of "H.Con.Res.27 - Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025" (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (
  • "In fact, guns are used more often to protect lives, not take lives. Steps to remove firearms from the hands of law-abiding citizens endangers those very citizens." (
  • "As a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I believe it is imperative that we protect the Constitutional rights of the American people in the face of misguided attempts to deny or curtail individual liberties." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "After fully repealing President Affordable Care Act, the Empowering Patients First Act would enact patient-centered solutions that adhere to health care principles we hold dear [...]" (
  • Voted in favor of "HR 6079 - Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010" (
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The 17 states, including Georgia, which are helping spearhead the challenge to President Obama's executive amnesty ought to be commended for their leadership." (
  • "Those who claim that amnesty is a solution to this problem miss the mark. If we don't first secure our borders any immigration reforms we take will be all for not. We must enforce our current laws and do more." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rather than focus its attention on working with Republicans to cut spending and get our economy moving again, the administration is diverting its attention and abandoning the government's defense of marriage. This announcement by the Obama Administration is a political move at a time when the American people need leaders in Washington working together to solve our great challenges." (
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "Our Armed Forces are currently conducting a top to bottom study of the ramifications of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The consequences of repeal go far beyond just allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly but to questions about same-sex marriage, family benefits, and rights of conscience." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Politicus USA "So all the kinds of things you know about – whether it’s means testing, whether it’s increasing the age of eligibility. The kind of choices — whether it’s providing much greater choices for individuals to voluntarily select the kind of manner in which they believe they ought to be able to invest their working dollars as they go through their lifetime. All those things ought to be on the table and discussed." (


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Inferred Answer

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

Unknown Answer

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

Georgia State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
Noj) Should Georgia government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
Undecideda) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) 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 felons.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xm) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
n) Other
Noo) Do you support abolishing parole for all crimes?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order 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) Implement a 10-cent deposit on glass, metal and plastic beverage bottles.
f) 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.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Other
Undecidedk) Should the state-funded pre-kindergarten program continue to be free of charge?
Undecidedl) Do you support state educational grants to fund an extended school year in Georgia?
m) Should home-schooled college applicants be required to take achievement tests to be admitted to Georgia's universities and colleges?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
Xb) 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.
d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Georgia.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
Xi) Allow cities and counties to privatize their water systems.
j) Other
k) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Georgia officials?
Yes1) State Senators and Representatives
Yes2) Governor
b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
1) Individual
2) PAC
3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Undecidedd) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noe) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
f) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Nog) Do you support changing the boundaries of Georgia's legislative districts during non-census years?
Noh) Do you support straight party voting on state voter ballots?
i) Do you support a constitutional amendment to place the lottery programs in the state constitution?
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
i) Do you support requiring homeowners to keep their firearms locked-up while storing them in their homes?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
a) 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.
c) Provide health care to uninsured children by expanding Medicaid.
Xd) Allow Georgia's Department of Medical Assistance to contract with managed care institutions.
e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
Xf) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
h) Other
Undecidedi) Should state law permit Georgia hospitals in non-contiguous counties to merge and create a regional hospital authority?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xe) Favor banning smoking in public places.
f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xg) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
Yesj) Do you believe that the Georgia government should include sexual orientation in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Do you believe that the Georgia government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
a) Agriculture
b) Education (K-12)
c) Education (Higher)
d) Environment
e) Health care
f) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Greatly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
a) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gas taxes
Eliminatef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
h) Property taxes
i) Sales taxes
Eliminatej) Ad valorem taxes (value added)
k) Other
Yesl) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
m) Do you support increasing Georgia's real estate transfer tax and placing the additional revenue into a state heritage fund?
Yesn) Do you support providing a full property homestead tax exemption to anyone over age 85?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
a) Maintain the four-year limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients must work within twenty-four months 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.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) 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.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Yesk) Do you support using ATM-style debit cards for assistance checks and food stamps?
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 two priorities.
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