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Tom Graves, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 14, Republican
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Tom Graves, Jr. 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, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am pro-life and my record in the Georgia General Assembly demonstrates very clearly that I'll oppose the killing of the innocent unborn and support adoption as a positive solution." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/499449/#.VXDLpXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46477 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/7269#.VXDLZHUVhHx (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

  • "I support the Fair Tax because America's prosperity would improve dramatically if we converted to a transparent and voluntary tax structure that doesn't penalize wealth accumulation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/499443/#.VXDL7nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Just to make clear, I mean, the Fair Tax is not an additional tax; it's not something that is added on, a layer. It's actually eliminating income tax, eliminating corporate income tax, eliminating capital gains tax, dividend tax, death tax. It's eliminating all of that."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686985/#.VXDL1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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, Project 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

  • "The experiment of big government belongs in the history books. Now it's time to focus on private sector job creation by cutting taxes, cutting spending, and removing costly regulations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/638026/#.VXDN_XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only will raising taxes negatively impact business growth, but this administration has signaled that it is likely to use any new revenue to grow the size of government in the name of stimulus, rather than paying down the debt." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/667792/#.VXDNZ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our tax code is used to reward and punish personal behavior. The cost of compliance is growing out of control. The answer isn't higher taxes or more IRS agents...the answer is less taxes not more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/499443/#.VXDL7nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Just to make clear, I mean, the Fair Tax is not an additional tax; it's not something that is added on, a layer. It's actually eliminating income tax, eliminating corporate income tax, eliminating capital gains tax, dividend tax, death tax. It's eliminating all of that."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686985/#.VXDL1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Enacted the largest education reform bill in more than a decade, giving power back to state and local governments and blocking the federal government from coercing states to adopt Common Core. We zeroed out the federal funding stream that was used to reward states that adopted Common Core." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1098366/fighting-for-conservative-values (votesmart.org)
  • "Empowering parents and teachers, cutting federal red tape, and reducing the federal education bureaucracy will make improvements to our public schools to ensure every child achieves at grade level, every classroom has a highly qualified teacher and school systems have local control and flexibility in how federal education funding is spent." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/499452/#.VXDOT3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
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" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VXDOlXUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "The president's veto of 42,000 jobs is appalling. After five safety and environmental reviews by the president's own State Department, he decided to put partisan politics in front of all the families who would benefit from the good-paying jobs the Keystone XL pipeline would create." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951641/rep-tom-graves-presidents-veto-of-42000-jobs-is-appalling#.VXDReHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "EXPAND Act highlights: […], Opens more federal land for wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/837505/rep-graves-introduces-major-energy-independence-plan (votesmart.org)
  • "Clearly, our country needs a long term strategy for energy production and independence, but the President's focus on green subsidies and energy taxes has been tailored for political points rather than positive impact. While the President clings to the idea that solar panels and wind turbines will get my constituents to work next week, House Republicans are taking the initiative to increase oil supply and lower gas prices." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/609286/rep-graves-we-gotta-drill#.VXDR6HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3409 "Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41688 (votesmart.org)
  • "To meet America's increasing demand for energy and lessen our dependence on foreign oil, we must implement an energy policy that capitalizes on our own vast resources and American ingenuity and innovation. America must tap into our domestic oil supplies by opening up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the outer-continental shelf to oil exploration." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/609286/rep-graves-we-gotta-drill#.VXDR6HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "They are emboldened and will now turn their attention to passing an amnesty based immigration reform, cap and trade and card check legislation. Now is not the time for conservatives to rest--we must be resolved and push back with all our might in order to preserve freedom for Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/499488/#.VXDOpXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will continue to defend Second Amendment rights and oppose legislation that seeks to infringe on or intimidate people from exercising those rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761784/graves-responds-to-obamas-gun-control-agenda#.VXDPFHUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "The right to bear arms is enshrined in the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Sportsmen, hunters, gun enthusiasts and citizens concerned for their personal safety are guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms. Yet this right is under constant attack by the Washington liberals appealing to a narrow constituency that wants to attack the symptoms, not the disease." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/499451/#.VXDPEXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
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 " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "Georgia's 9th District has said loud and clear that they are opposed to a government-run health care system and I will work to first defund ObamaCare and then repeal and replace it with a patient-centered, patient driven bill that uses the free-market solutions to make health care more affordable, portable and accessible." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/558055/#.VXDPiXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today I will continue my quest to cancel ObamaCare and vote to do away with the CLASS Act [...]" https://twitter.com/TomGravesGA14/status/164743918376849410 (twitter.com)
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

  • "While America's immigration system is badly in need of repair, I oppose any reforms that disregard our current immigration laws or grant amnesty to individuals who've illegally entered the United States." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/499448/#.VXDQkHUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "Very big news: 'A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to allow the implementation, for now, of President Obama's executive action that could shield from deportation as many as 5 million illegal immigrants.'" https://www.facebook.com/TomGraves?filter=1 (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Marriage is between one man and one woman and no social engineering can change that fact. In the Georgia General Assembly, I proudly supported Georgia's Constitutional Amendment that defined marriage as such." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/499449/#.VXDQ6XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/31969/tom-graves-jr/76 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/650393/letter-to-majority-leader-harry-reid-and-senate-minority-leader-mitch-mcconnell#.VXDRE3UVhHx (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Islamic State is a clear threat to the United States and must be destroyed. I am glad the president has outlined a strategy and announced his commitment to defeating these terrorists wherever they exist." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930727/rep-graves-responds-to-president-obamas-strategy-to-counter-islamic-state/?search=Syria (votesmart.org)
  • "Although we've taken out some key leaders of the Islamic State and helped Iraq regain territory, we have a long way to go before they are completely destroyed. The Islamic State and its evil ideology have spread like a cancer to different parts of the world. We need the resolve, the strategy and the resources to complete this mission. More forceful action must be taken immediately to end their reign of terror once and for all -- before more lives are lost and families destroyed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1098353/we-must-destroy-the-islamic-state/?search=Iraq (votesmart.org)
  • "If our armed forces are to protect and preserve our republic, liberty, and freedoms, the United States must sustain a strong military that protects our nation and defends our interests around the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/499453/issue-position-national-defense#.VXDToHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

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

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Candidate Answer

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

Inferred Answer

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

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