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Jeff Sessions III's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Attorney General, Republican
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Jeff Sessions III has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.

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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 2014, 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

  • Sessions has been a consistent supporter of pro-life policies. He is an original co-sponsor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 and belives that sanctity of life begins at conception. (
  • Rated 100% by the 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

  • "Instead of collecting more taxes from American workers, Jeff believes the government should curb its wasteful spending. He continues to fight for a simpler, smarter and fairer tax code that promotes growth and lets taxpayers keep more of their own money." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Senator Sessions knows that low taxes lead to economic growth, and he believes that Americans know how to spend their hard earned money better than politicians in Washington. Putting money back in the pocketbooks of taxpayers allows indivduals to invest in the future of our country." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Sessions strongly believes that education policy should not be dictated by the federal bureaucracy--and that more control should be placed in the hands of local communities and parents." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Washington Post editorial board wrote last week that the President's decision to delay the Keystone Pipeline was ``absurd.'' This is an independent, liberal-leaning newspaper that cares about the environment. So it seems the President is clearly acquiescing in favor of special interests. (
  • Letter to the President: "We are writing to request that you approve the Keystone XL Pipeline permit application without further delay. In 2011, Secretary Clinton said a decision would come before the end of 2011. On March 14, 2013, you told the Senate Republican caucus that you would make a decision on the Presidential Permit before the end of the year. We are still waiting on that decision." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. President, the President's Environmental Protection Agency today--a group that directly reports to him and which reflects his decisions about environmental matters--has issued a new proposed regulation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing powerplants by 30 percent by the year 2030. Those are existing plants, and they cannot be operated and have that kind of reduction unless they have carbon capture, and there is no technology feasible with any reasonable--there is technology, but it is not feasible economically to capture carbon. So it is a dramatic hammering of a major portion of the baseload electricity production in America. It just is, and it is going to drive up costs." (
  • Alabamians are also deeply troubled by the prospect that the EPA's proposal will further erode the primary role of the states in managing electricity generation and determining the mix of energy sources that work best for them in their specific circumstances. In Alabama, our electricity is generated from a range of sources--nuclear, coal, natural gas, hydropower and renewables. Those decisions should not be dictated by EPA officials in Washington, D.C. Perhaps ironically, the EPA's chosen formula for establishing CO2 emission reduction targets disadvantages states with nuclear power, which is the nation's most significant source of emission-free electric generation. (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeff is a strong proponent of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. He supports legislation that protects the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms (
  • National Rifle Association Endorsement2012 Rating of 83% by Gun Owners of America (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Only two years ago, after the Affordable Care Act was passed, CBO expected real growth this year, 2014, would be 4.6 percent. After these misses, CBO is now forecasting only 2.7 percent growth for this year. (
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He is committed to remaining vigilant and fighting for a sound immigration system that promotes rising wages, secure borders, and the constitutional rule of law." (
  • "With an unprecedented illegal immigration crisis raging, the President announces not enforcement actions to reduce illegality, but yet one more in an endless series of executive actions to further undermine immigration law. Once more, he has taken unilateral executive action that signals to the world that our borders are not being enforced." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Sessions believes that a marriage is union between a man and women, and has routinely critized the U.S. Supreme Court and activist lower courts when they try to judicially redefine marriage." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • "Jeff Sessions believes that a promise has been made to existing retirees and the federal government must honor that promise by protecting benefits for those already receiving Social Security and Medicare." (


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 Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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.

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