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James Comer, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 1, Republican
On The Ballot: Won, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
James Comer, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 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 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Kentucky Right to Life https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/35169/james-comer-jr#.WgXFyWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am 100% pro-life and I oppose gay marriage." http://jamescomer.com/issues/ (jamescomer.com)
  • Rated 100% by Kentucky Right to Life https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/35169/james-comer-jr#.WgXFyWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am 100% pro-life and I oppose gay marriage." http://jamescomer.com/issues/ (jamescomer.com)
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

  • "For the first time in more than three decades, Washington is poised to enact meaningful tax reform that puts more money back in the pockets of American families and businesses." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214957/congressman-comer-votes-to-return-money-to-american-taxpayers/?search=1%#.Wo2X_We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "For the first time in more than three decades, Washington is poised to enact meaningful tax reform that puts more money back in the pockets of American families and businesses." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214957/congressman-comer-votes-to-return-money-to-american-taxpayers/?search=1%#.Wo2X_We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/35169/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wo2Yqme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/35169/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wo2Yqme3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "We fully support your commitment to increase funding for our military to reverse a mounting readiness crisis and to deter serious and complex threats around the world." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1199296/letter-to-the-president-defense-budget/?search=defense#.Wo2Za2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The American people can feel safe and secure, knowing that our military is protecting them and that their Representatives in Congress, like myself, are ready to provide whatever funding is needed to support the development and deployment of missile defense technology, both now and in the future." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1201696/escalating-threat-from-north-korea/?search=nuclear%20weapons#.Wo2a9Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We fully support your commitment to increase funding for our military to reverse a mounting readiness crisis and to deter serious and complex threats around the world." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1199296/letter-to-the-president-defense-budget/?search=defense#.Wo2Za2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The American people can feel safe and secure, knowing that our military is protecting them and that their Representatives in Congress, like myself, are ready to provide whatever funding is needed to support the development and deployment of missile defense technology, both now and in the future." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1201696/escalating-threat-from-north-korea/?search=nuclear%20weapons#.Wo2a9Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? 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

  • "President Obama's final budget is another disaster in the making. Not only does it call for careless spending which will drive up our already bloated national debt, but it also proposes to raise taxes, including a tax on oil which will drive up gas prices." https://www.facebook.com/kycomerforcongress/photos/a.1540193016209871.1073741828.1536224546606718/1745293205699850/?type=3 (www.facebook.com)
  • "President Obama's final budget is another disaster in the making. Not only does it call for careless spending which will drive up our already bloated national debt, but it also proposes to raise taxes, including a tax on oil which will drive up gas prices." https://www.facebook.com/kycomerforcongress/photos/a.1540193016209871.1073741828.1536224546606718/1745293205699850/?type=3 (www.facebook.com)
  • "I believe that we can create an environment with public-private partnerships where we can make that investment to help revive rural America and help to create jobs in rural America to keep our best and brightest in rural America." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1201701/rural-americas-contributions/?search=small%20government#.Wo2fRWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that we can create an environment with public-private partnerships where we can make that investment to help revive rural America and help to create jobs in rural America to keep our best and brightest in rural America." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1201701/rural-americas-contributions/?search=small%20government#.Wo2fRWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am proud to support this important legislation that keeps more money in the pockets of American families and businesses, rather than Washington bureaucrats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206917/comer-votes-for-significant-tax-relief-for-the-american-people/?search=pocket#.Wo2ikGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to support this important legislation that keeps more money in the pockets of American families and businesses, rather than Washington bureaucrats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206917/comer-votes-for-significant-tax-relief-for-the-american-people/?search=pocket#.Wo2ikGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/35169/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wo2Yqme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/35169/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wo2Yqme3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Teachers and local educators should be able to teach without interference from the federal government." http://jamescomer.com/issues/ (jamescomer.com)
  • "Teachers and local educators should be able to teach without interference from the federal government." http://jamescomer.com/issues/ (jamescomer.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Not only do we need to challenge regulations related to the Clean Air Act, but also the red tape and regulations that are making it nearly impossible to simply mine coal." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1113067/issue-position-energy/?search=energy%20source#.Wo2ks2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only do we need to challenge regulations related to the Clean Air Act, but also the red tape and regulations that are making it nearly impossible to simply mine coal." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1113067/issue-position-energy/?search=energy%20source#.Wo2ks2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "After the new power plant rule, Obama's EPA turned their war on coal onto existing power plants. The existing power plant rule under the Clean Air Act requires unachievable regulations and as a result, it will shut down coal-fired electricity plants around the nation, jeopardizing affordable energy and reliability. While President Obama will not be in office in the 115th Congress, we need a representative in Washington that can challenge these regulations to ensure Kentucky's coal industry is able to thrive again. I have the ability to work with the other representatives and stakeholders to challenge these regulations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1113067/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] the freedom to farm is under attack by the EPA and extremist groups like HSUS." https://www.facebook.com/kycomerforcongress/photos/a.1540193016209871.1073741828.1536224546606718/1745563862339451/?type=3 (www.facebook.com)
  • "[...] the freedom to farm is under attack by the EPA and extremist groups like HSUS." https://www.facebook.com/kycomerforcongress/photos/a.1540193016209871.1073741828.1536224546606718/1745563862339451/?type=3 (www.facebook.com)
  • "After the new power plant rule, Obama's EPA turned their war on coal onto existing power plants. The existing power plant rule under the Clean Air Act requires unachievable regulations and as a result, it will shut down coal-fired electricity plants around the nation, jeopardizing affordable energy and reliability. While President Obama will not be in office in the 115th Congress, we need a representative in Washington that can challenge these regulations to ensure Kentucky's coal industry is able to thrive again. I have the ability to work with the other representatives and stakeholders to challenge these regulations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1113067/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/35169/james-comer-jr#.WgXFyWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As Congressman, Jamie will continue to be a strong defender of our right to bear arms." https://www.facebook.com/kycomerforcongress/ (www.facebook.com)
  • "I am unwavering in my support of our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms." http://jamescomer.com/issues/ (jamescomer.com)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/35169/james-comer-jr#.WgXFyWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As Congressman, Jamie will continue to be a strong defender of our right to bear arms." https://www.facebook.com/kycomerforcongress/ (www.facebook.com)
  • "I am unwavering in my support of our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms." http://jamescomer.com/issues/ (jamescomer.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need leadership in Washington that will repeal Obamacare." http://jamescomer.com/issues/ (jamescomer.com)
  • "We need leadership in Washington that will repeal Obamacare." http://jamescomer.com/issues/ (jamescomer.com)
  • "Today, I voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with a health care bill that ends Washington's failed one-size-fits-all approach to health care, which has left Americans paying more every year for fewer options and with less access to care." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1169321/congressman-comer-on-the-passage-of-the-american-health-care-act/?search=obamacare#.Wo2n4me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with a health care bill that ends Washington's failed one-size-fits-all approach to health care, which has left Americans paying more every year for fewer options and with less access to care." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1169321/congressman-comer-on-the-passage-of-the-american-health-care-act/?search=obamacare#.Wo2n4me3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am opposed to amnesty, sanctuary cities, and believe the best solution to our immigration problem is to build a wall to protect our borders." http://jamescomer.com/issues/ (jamescomer.com)
  • "I am opposed to amnesty, sanctuary cities, and believe the best solution to our immigration problem is to build a wall to protect our borders." http://jamescomer.com/issues/ (jamescomer.com)
  • "He says the southern border wall will continue to be important to both he and the president." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1193852/rep-james-comer-discusses-president-trumps-southern-border-wall/?search=obamacare#.Wo2nW2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "He says the southern border wall will continue to be important to both he and the president." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1193852/rep-james-comer-discusses-president-trumps-southern-border-wall/?search=obamacare#.Wo2nW2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "I am opposed to amnesty, sanctuary cities, and believe the best solution to our immigration problem is to build a wall to protect our borders." http://jamescomer.com/issues/ (jamescomer.com)
  • "I am opposed to amnesty, sanctuary cities, and believe the best solution to our immigration problem is to build a wall to protect our borders." http://jamescomer.com/issues/ (jamescomer.com)
  • "When I came to congress, I made a promise to crack down on illegal immigration. Today, I made that promise a reality by voting for two bills that do just that, Kate's Law and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." https://twitter.com/KYComer/status/880537179155570688 (twitter.com)
  • "When I came to congress, I made a promise to crack down on illegal immigration. Today, I made that promise a reality by voting for two bills that do just that, Kate's Law and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." https://twitter.com/KYComer/status/880537179155570688 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "'As Commissioner of Agriculture in Kentucky, I led the charge on hemp cultivation and production in Kentucky,' Comer said. 'The issue is very important to me, and I'm glad to see us working in a bipartisan manner to tear down unnecessary regulations on a crop that can help make so many different products.'" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1169334/bipartisan-members-of-congress-host-hemp-on-the-hill/?search=legalize#.Wo2ptme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "'As Commissioner of Agriculture in Kentucky, I led the charge on hemp cultivation and production in Kentucky,' Comer said. 'The issue is very important to me, and I'm glad to see us working in a bipartisan manner to tear down unnecessary regulations on a crop that can help make so many different products.'" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1169334/bipartisan-members-of-congress-host-hemp-on-the-hill/?search=legalize#.Wo2ptme3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] I was proud to vote for legislation that will impose new sanctions -- and strengthen existing ones -- on Iran, Russia and North Korea. These three nations have worked to undermine U.S. national security and interests, both at home and abroad." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1193843/congressman-comer-votes-to-sanction-americas-adversaries/?search=korea#.Wq_iBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I was proud to vote for legislation that will impose new sanctions -- and strengthen existing ones -- on Iran, Russia and North Korea. These three nations have worked to undermine U.S. national security and interests, both at home and abroad." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1193843/congressman-comer-votes-to-sanction-americas-adversaries/?search=korea#.Wq_iBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must continue to stand united, both as a country and with our international partners, to send a clear message to North Korea that its hostile behavior must end and that it must never be allowed to threaten the world with nuclear weapons." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1201696/escalating-threat-from-north-korea/?search=korea#.Wq_h0Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I have the utmost confidence in our military leaders, and I trust Secretary Mattis when he says that our existing missile defense systems have what it takes to keep our country safe from the North Korean threat. The American people can feel safe and secure, knowing that our military is protecting them and that their Representatives in Congress, like myself, are ready to provide whatever funding is needed to support the development and deployment of missile defense technology, both now and in the future." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1201696/escalating-threat-from-north-korea/?search=nuclear#.W4VvLnX5gfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must continue to stand united, both as a country and with our international partners, to send a clear message to North Korea that its hostile behavior must end and that it must never be allowed to threaten the world with nuclear weapons." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1201696/escalating-threat-from-north-korea/?search=korea#.Wq_h0Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

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Kentucky State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage 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.

Pro-lifea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Nod) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Should an ultrasound be required prior to an abortion?
Noh) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesi) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
j) Other or expanded principles
1) State Spending
Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
2) State Taxes
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories
3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Kentucky's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Kentucky's "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Noc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesd) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Yese) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Kentucky governors?
Yesb) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Kentucky state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesd) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Yesd) Should minors accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as adults?
Yese) Should minors who send sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Nob) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
e) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Nog) Do you support capping interest rates and fees on payday loans?
Noh) Do you support permitting video lottery terminals at horse racing tracks?
i) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support national education standards?
Yesb) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Noc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Nod) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yese) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Kentucky high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to Kentucky's energy infrastructure?
Noe) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Kentucky?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
Noh) Do you support Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation programs?
i) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should Kentucky allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Noe) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Nof) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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