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Johnny Isakson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (GA) - Sr, Republican
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Johnny Isakson has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "By providing taxpayer funding of abortion, Senate Democrats are poised to radically change a federal policy that has been in place for over 30 years." (
  • "I have a deep respect for life, and a voting record that reflects that respect. I am personally opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother. I strongly support the view that we need to create a culture of life in America." (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (
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 voted for this plan while serving in the U.S. House because it reduced taxes for everyone who pays income taxes, eliminated the death tax and marriage penalty tax, and increased the child tax credit." (
  • "Just as I did in the 109th Congress, I am again a cosponsor of S.1025, the Fair Tax Act of 2007, which would repeal the tax code and establish a national sales tax." (
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored "S.1410 - Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014" (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must take large and immediate steps to end the reckless spending that is threatening the future of our nation. Congress must become better stewards of the taxpayers' money." (
  • "This economic stimulus bill is yet another example of Congress throwing money at the symptoms but not getting to the root of the problem." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe jump-starting the demand for housing is essential to boosting the economy. We must fix housing first. To that end, I introduced the home buyer tax credit in the Senate, which passed for first-time home buyers at the beginning of 2009." (
  • "I have always believed that taxpayer dollars are best left in the hands of the people who earned them. In 2001, Congress passed the largest federal tax relief package in a generation. I voted for this plan while serving in the U.S. House because it reduced taxes for everyone who pays income taxes, eliminated the death tax and marriage penalty tax, and increased the child tax credit. In 2013, after these tax cuts had expired, I voted to reinstate the lower individual rates for 99.1 percent of Americans and to make those lower rates permanent." (
  • "I worked for passage of the President's tax relief package and one of my top priorities in the Senate is to make these tax cuts permanent." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This bill ensures there will be no Common Core mandate by the Federal Government to the States and ensures local control of curriculum from beginning to end." (
  • "One provision included in No Child Left Behind called Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, requires that states use standardized testing in order to measure progress […] while I believe that schools should still report their progress, it is time for Congress to repeal AYP in the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of "S 1 - A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • "The Obama administration’s rejection of a construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in January 2012 was a terrible mistake." (
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

  • "I believe we must encourage all forms of energy alternatives. We have a diverse country with many assets that regionally are very different. If we're going to have standards that call on us to find renewable energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, we must promote all those sources and not narrow those sources." (
  • "The United States must develop a balanced national energy policy that increases and diversifies our country’s energy supply in environmentally and economically friendly ways." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of S.J.Res.26 "Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule" (
  • "We should implement market-based approaches to air and water quality that guarantee results while keeping utility prices affordable for Americans." (
  • "We need incentives to reduce carbon, not to punish its production, and I am working to ensure that the flawed Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill, that would raise the cost of energy to all Georgians and negatively impact the American economy, does not pass the Senate." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association (
  • "I firmly believe that we do not need more gun control in America; rather we need more criminal control. To that end, I support instant background checks on the purchase of all guns to prevent convicted felons from obtaining them, but I do not support waiting periods or the registration of any firearm." (
  • Voted in favor of S.Amdt.2915 "Defend Our Capital Act of 2015" (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 " (
  • "I have co-sponsored several pieces of legislation aimed at repealing provisions of the health care law, and have voted to repeal the health care law altogether." (
  • "Since Obamacare became law, I have voted nearly 60 times to kill, repeal, dismantle and defund it." (
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

  • "My legislation would not offer any special pathway to obtaining U.S. citizenship for these individuals. They would have to pursue citizenship by getting in line and complying with the same rules and procedures that are already in place for any other immigrant." (
  • "I do not believe in any special pathway to citizenship for individuals who are here illegally. I believe that all immigrants should pursue citizenship by getting in line and complying with the same rules that are already in place." (
  • Voted in favor of S.Amdt.1197 "Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border" (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have co-sponsored the Marriage Protection Amendment because I believe it is important for the sanctity of marriage and for the laws of this country that we have a seamless definition of marriage, and the only way to do that is to establish one in the Constitution." (
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • Voted in favor of "S.J. Res. 1 'Same Sex Marriage Resolution'" (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As I have said repeatedly, the United States must take the fight to ISIL. We should exercise Article 5 of the NATO accord to engage the entire free world against terror. What happened in Paris could happen anywhere and we must stop it now." (
  • "The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, changed our nation forever, and I believe America must remain vigilant and prepared to defend itself against a wide variety of threats. It is important now more than ever that we protect our homeland by continuing our efforts against terrorism and fighting for freedom around the world." (
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Many Georgians and their families depend on the Medicare and Social Security benefits they have spent much of their lives paying in to, and I will continue to work to protect access to care and benefits for millions of seniors across the country." (
  • "We must change the formula for Social Security […] Adjusting the age of eligibility for Social Security benefits, except for those who are currently receiving it, would help secure funding for future generations." (


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