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Scott Garrett's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Scott Garrett 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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/17451/46477/4430/no-taxpayer-funding-for-abortion-act#.VYscD3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/4430/scott-garrett/2 (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

  • "A simpler, fairer and flatter tax structure is the solution to this problem. It is time for us to simplify every Americans’ tax filing, saving time and hard-earned money, and creating much-needed certainty for job creators and small business owners." http://garrett.house.gov/opinion-pieces/pondering-the-complexity-of-the-tax-code-on-tax-day (garrett.house.gov)
  • Signed the ATR pledge stating to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses […]." http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/Federal%20Pledge.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
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

  • "We must cease the excessive federal spending that continues to bloat our national debt, and create opportunities for private initiatives to spur economic growth. And we must end the government interference in the marketplace that many experts say have helped create our current economic problems." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/571232/#.VYskPnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "A lifelong advocate of limited government and lower taxes, Congressman Garrett knows our country doesn’t have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem." http://garrett.house.gov/issues/budget (garrett.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] higher taxes […] will do nothing to address our debt crisis, but will do plenty to hurt our economy and stifle job creation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/689188/#.VYsmAHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Garrett believes the most important thing we can do right now is foster an economic environment that’s accommodating to the American small business community and encourages private-sector job creation. You do that by liberating small businesses from intrusive government regulation and eliminating excessive government spending. You do that by eliminating job-destroying taxes so that small business owners can reinvest their profits into their businesses and create jobs for Americans." http://garrett.house.gov/taxonomy/issues/economy-and-jobs (garrett.house.gov)
  • 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

  • "Our education system will not improve until we remove Washington bureaucrats from the equation. It's time to return to the system our founders envisioned; it's time to return education policy back to the local communities; it's time to start putting our children first." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/646565/education-policy-is-a-local-issue/?search=education#.VYsnI3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Scott Garrett is on the cutting edge of efforts to return control of education policy to parents, teachers, and local schools." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/387020/issue-position-education/?search=education#.VYsml3UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating, "We write to urge you to bring H.R. 240 to the floor as soon as the Senate completes consideration of Keystone XL. We believe that Senate Republicans must honor the promise they made to the American people last year to stand firm against the President's lawless actions and preserve Congress' constitutional role as a lawmaking body." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/959614/letter-to-mitch-mcconnel-senate-majority-leader-bringing-hr-240-to-the-floor/?search=xl#.VZsIDHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/19390/50944/4430/a-bill-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VYsn4HUViko (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

  • "Only truly viable and promising technologies will attract the private investment necessary to make these alternative sources of energy a reality." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/850448/issue-position-energy/?search=solar#.VYsyB3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] these technologies, like all others, should be allowed to compete equally on their own merits in a free market, not subsidized by the federal government." http://garrett.house.gov/issues/energy (garrett.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The incessant expansion of government has led to the bailout of the banking industry and the auto industry, sweeping financial regulation, and the proposal of cap-and-trade systems that would demand that rationing of American economic prosperity and productivity."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/605368/federalism/?search=cap-and-trade#.VYsw_3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The real question that still exists in a lot of people’s minds, experts and non-experts alike, on the area of global warming and what role the government should have in this realm … I’ve heard a number of experts on both sides of the equation on this issue and to me the evidence, the question is still out there." http://thinkprogress.org/climate-denier-caucus-114th-congress/ (thinkprogress.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
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" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464#.VZsIr3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/4430/scott-garrett/37 (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. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284 (votesmart.org)
  • "Furthermore, I have long maintained that the individual mandate—the foundation upon which ObamaCare stands—is unconstitutional and represents an egregious assault on our personal liberty." http://garrett.house.gov/press-release/garrett-statement-second-anniversary-obamacare (garrett.house.gov)
  • "While Congressman Garrett stands firm in his opposition to Democrats’ government takeover of health care, he does believe our country needs enact real reform to our nation’s health care system. He believes in a systematic approach to health care reform – reform that sets our nation on a prudent fiscal path without violating the U.S. Constitution." http://garrett.house.gov/issues/health-care (garrett.house.gov)
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

  • "At a time when American workers are desperate for jobs, the president has decided to unfairly reward those who have blatantly broken the law with blanket amnesty and work permits, allowing them to directly compete with American workers for jobs that are hard to find already." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940384/garrett-statement-on-obamas-unconstitutional-amnesty#.VZsJNnUVhHw (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)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/4430/scott-garrett/76#.VZsJz3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We have seen that some of our government's policies have discouraged traditional family marriage and traditional family structure […]."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/846576/marriage#.VYwW63UVikpo (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.J.Res.88 "Same-Sex Marriage Resolution" https://www.congress.gov/bill/109th-congress/house-joint-resolution/88/cosponsors (www.congress.gov)
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

  • "Finally, we should consider allowing tomorrow's seniors the opportunity to voluntarily save a portion of their payroll taxes in personalized accounts for their own use during their retirement years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/387035/issue-position-senior-citizens/?search=social%20security#.VYwblXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Strengthen Social Security’s long-term finances. This budget would slowly phase-in an increase in the Social Security full retirement age for individuals born in 1958 and after." http://garrett.house.gov/issues/budget (garrett.house.gov)

Key

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.

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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.

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