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Doug Collins' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 9, Republican
Doug Collins 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

  • Voted in favor of HR 36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/61077#.WfMyj2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of H.R.7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46477 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/9704#.WfMv8Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Throughout my time as an elected official in both the Georgia legislature and in Congress, I have worked tirelessly to fight for and protect the lives of the unborn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1054405/issue-position-pro-life#.WqqvK2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/61077#.WfMyj2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of H.R.7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46477 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/9704#.WfMv8Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Throughout my time as an elected official in both the Georgia legislature and in Congress, I have worked tirelessly to fight for and protect the lives of the unborn." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1054405/issue-position-pro-life#.WqqvK2e3wfI (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

  • "House #budget passage swings open #TaxReform door. Americans want more of their $ to pursue more of their dreams." https://twitter.com/RepDougCollins/status/923569274953830401 (twitter.com)
  • Signed a pledge stating "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/GA09ReleaseCollins.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • "House #budget passage swings open #TaxReform door. Americans want more of their $ to pursue more of their dreams." https://twitter.com/RepDougCollins/status/923569274953830401 (twitter.com)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.WqBFt63SQfK (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/GA09ReleaseCollins.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.WqBFt63SQfK (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.WqBFt63SQfK (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.WqBFt63SQfK (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins#.WqBRHq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins#.WqBRHq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I do believe there is room for reform and increased transparency inside the election process, especially on the national level." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.WqBNwa3SQfL (votesmart.org)
  • "I do believe there is room for reform and increased transparency inside the election process, especially on the national level." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.WqBNwa3SQfL (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.WqBNwa3SQfL (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.WqBNwa3SQfL (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

  • "The U.S. has the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world. We must cut this rate to incentivize international businesses to invest in America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/883992/issue-position-taxes#.VXCbeXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce legislation with my friend from New York, Congressman Crowley, to extend section 181 of the tax code to continue to allow for the immediate tax write-off of the first $15 million (or $20 million where the production is made in a distressed community) of production expenditures for qualifying domestic film and television productions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/883551/introduction-of-legislation-to-extend-section-181-of-the-tax-code#.VXCbZXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The U.S. has the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world. We must cut this rate to incentivize international businesses to invest in America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/883992/issue-position-taxes#.VXCbeXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce legislation with my friend from New York, Congressman Crowley, to extend section 181 of the tax code to continue to allow for the immediate tax write-off of the first $15 million (or $20 million where the production is made in a distressed community) of production expenditures for qualifying domestic film and television productions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/883551/introduction-of-legislation-to-extend-section-181-of-the-tax-code#.VXCbZXUVhHw (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 support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "No." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.VXXyTnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "No." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.VXXyTnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not think it is the job of the federal government to require anything of the state concerning education. The more localized the control, the better. States should have control over their education system in order to promote competition amongst individual states, and implement better educational practices overall." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not think it is the job of the federal government to require anything of the state concerning education. The more localized the control, the better. States should have control over their education system in order to promote competition amongst individual states, and implement better educational practices overall." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/ (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • "America needs an all-of-the-above energy policy that will free our nation from dependence on our enemies. Because of this, I strongly support domestic on and offshore drilling, as well as the expansion of our own natural gas resources. I have also voted for projects such as the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would increase our domestic production and help decrease out of control gas prices." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1054450/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Enivornment America https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/9790#.WfMwLme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/9790#.WfMwLme3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We already have laws on the books that support regulations on greenhouse gas. I would have to review what future laws would be put on the books before I would sign on to more. Additionally, I have signed on to the No Climate Tax Pledge authored by Americans for Prosperity. This gives my vow I will oppose any legislation associated with climate change that implements a net increase in government revenue." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.VXXyTnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: " [… ] we believe this carbon dioxide regulation whose implementation is legally questionable at best and would do untold harm to the American people and our economy for decades to come." http://jeffduncan.house.gov/sites/jeffduncan.house.gov/files/Duncan%20Carbon%20Emission%20Letter%20to%20EPA.pdf (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Enivornment America https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/9790#.WfMwLme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We already have laws on the books that support regulations on greenhouse gas. I would have to review what future laws would be put on the books before I would sign on to more. Additionally, I have signed on to the No Climate Tax Pledge authored by Americans for Prosperity. This gives my vow I will oppose any legislation associated with climate change that implements a net increase in government revenue." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.VXXyTnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: " [… ] we believe this carbon dioxide regulation whose implementation is legally questionable at best and would do untold harm to the American people and our economy for decades to come." http://jeffduncan.house.gov/sites/jeffduncan.house.gov/files/Duncan%20Carbon%20Emission%20Letter%20to%20EPA.pdf (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Enivornment America https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/9790#.WfMwLme3wfI (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 (votesmart.org)
  • "As a candidate, a citizen, and a gun owner, I am in full support of the second amendment. I believe that it is essential to our freedom and liberty." https://www.facebook.com/collinsleads/posts/353107568066100 (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1034/rating/9703#.WfNM1me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As a candidate, a citizen, and a gun owner, I am in full support of the second amendment. I believe that it is essential to our freedom and liberty." https://www.facebook.com/collinsleads/posts/353107568066100 (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1034/rating/9703#.WfNM1me3wfI (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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.WqBNwa3SQfL (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.WqBNwa3SQfL (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 95% by NumbersUSA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins/40#.WqBQvK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins/40#.WqBQvK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by NumbersUSA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins/40#.WqBQvK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "America’s security remains the highest priority of Congress and this administration. Today, the House voted to fully fund President Trump’s budget request for construction of a border wall and to increase support that troops and veterans have been waiting on for too long." https://dougcollins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/collins-votes-make-america-secure-fund-border-wall (dougcollins.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins/40#.WqBQvK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "America’s security remains the highest priority of Congress and this administration. Today, the House voted to fully fund President Trump’s budget request for construction of a border wall and to increase support that troops and veterans have been waiting on for too long." https://dougcollins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/collins-votes-make-america-secure-fund-border-wall (dougcollins.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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "Executive action granting amnesty to millions of illegals is President Obama taking out his anger on the American people for rejecting his agenda through the due process of elections two weeks ago." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940019/collins-statement-on-obama-amnesty-action#.VXCXA3UVhHw (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)
  • "President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals memo demonstrates his understanding of the law, to which we are all bound." https://dougcollins.house.gov/Issues/Immigration (dougcollins.house.gov)
  • "Executive action granting amnesty to millions of illegals is President Obama taking out his anger on the American people for rejecting his agenda through the due process of elections two weeks ago." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940019/collins-statement-on-obama-amnesty-action#.VXCXA3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals memo demonstrates his understanding of the law, to which we are all bound." https://dougcollins.house.gov/Issues/Immigration (dougcollins.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins#.WqBRHq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Legalizing marijuana is NOT part of our conservative Northeast Georgia values." https://www.facebook.com/collinsleads/posts/445165562190359 (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins#.WqBRHq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins#.WqBRHq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins#.WqBRHq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Legalizing marijuana is NOT part of our conservative Northeast Georgia values." https://www.facebook.com/collinsleads/posts/445165562190359 (www.facebook.com)
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 have supported increased sanctions against North Korea after their repeated attempts to provoke the West." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1111731/issue-position-defense-and-homeland-security/?search=korea#.WqrH0me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins#.WqrIJWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • " I have supported increased sanctions against North Korea after their repeated attempts to provoke the West." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1111731/issue-position-defense-and-homeland-security/?search=korea#.WqrH0me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The NDAA provides for key pieces of America's defensive strategy, including a 2.4% pay raise for troops and an addition of nearly 20,000 active duty service members. The bill funds the continued fight against ISIS and other terrorist organizations and invests in ballistic missile defense systems to defend the homeland, U.S. territories, and allies against North Korean threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1190012/collins-votes-to-strengthen-national-defense/?search=korea#.WqrHOWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins#.WqrIJWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The NDAA provides for key pieces of America's defensive strategy, including a 2.4% pay raise for troops and an addition of nearly 20,000 active duty service members. The bill funds the continued fight against ISIS and other terrorist organizations and invests in ballistic missile defense systems to defend the homeland, U.S. territories, and allies against North Korean threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1190012/collins-votes-to-strengthen-national-defense/?search=korea#.WqrHOWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The NDAA provides for key pieces of America's defensive strategy, including a 2.4% pay raise for troops and an addition of nearly 20,000 active duty service members. The bill funds the continued fight against ISIS and other terrorist organizations and invests in ballistic missile defense systems to defend the homeland, U.S. territories, and allies against North Korean threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1190012/collins-votes-to-strengthen-national-defense/?search=korea#.WqrHOWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama's lack of a strategy towards ISIS gives our enemies confidence that they can conduct attacks outside of the Middle East." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1111731/issue-position-defense-and-homeland-security/?search=korea#.WqrH0me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The NDAA provides for key pieces of America's defensive strategy, including a 2.4% pay raise for troops and an addition of nearly 20,000 active duty service members. The bill funds the continued fight against ISIS and other terrorist organizations and invests in ballistic missile defense systems to defend the homeland, U.S. territories, and allies against North Korean threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1190012/collins-votes-to-strengthen-national-defense/?search=korea#.WqrHOWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins#.WqrIJWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama's lack of a strategy towards ISIS gives our enemies confidence that they can conduct attacks outside of the Middle East." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1111731/issue-position-defense-and-homeland-security/?search=korea#.WqrH0me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins#.WqrIJWe3wfI (votesmart.org)

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Georgia Congressional Election 2012 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-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations
  • Doug Collins. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "NO ANSWER" for: "Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?" Other or expanded principles: "As someone who has served on the ground in Iraq, I believe the best decisions regarding a withdrawal in Afghanistan should be determined by the commanders and military leaders we have overseas who defend our country day in and day out. I support a timetable that is put in place by these men and women, but I feel we must not allow our enemies to learn of any definite plan."
Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

As someone who has served on the ground in Iraq, I believe the best decisions regarding a withdrawal in Afghanistan should be determined by the commanders and military leaders we have overseas who defend our country day in and day out. I support a timetable that is put in place by these men and women, but I feel we must not allow our enemies to learn of any definite plan.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
do you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

Our country is swimming in debt, and we must do something about that now to protect the futures of our children and grandchildren. I believe we must put everything on the table in regards to cutting spending. Our entitlement programs are a huge factor in our debt crisis; therefore, I believe Medicare and Medicaid need to undergo significant reforms in an effort to put our country back on track.

YesInferred Answer Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins#.WqBRHq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I do believe there is room for reform and increased transparency inside the election process, especially on the national level." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.WqBNwa3SQfL (votesmart.org)
  • "I do believe there is room for reform and increased transparency inside the election process, especially on the national level." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.WqBNwa3SQfL (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/67851/doug-collins#.WqBRHq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

I do believe there is room for reform and increased transparency inside the election process, especially on the national level.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I was proud to vote in favor of HB 868 in the Georgia General Assembly this past legislative session. This bill created tax incentives for businesses, which directly encouraged Baxter International to build a manufacturing plant on Georgia soil -- creating 1,500 new jobs and pumping $1 billion in our state economy. Washington needs to take notes from Georgia, and do it everything it came to promote American entrepreneurship and private industry growth.

NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations
  • Doug Collins. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "Taxpayers today are estimated to pay $120,000 on average per student from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Hardworking taxpayers should have more say in how that money is spent to best educate their children. There is no "one size fits all" solution for education, and Washington should not be in the business of trying to create one. No Child Left Behind has made it harder to educate students because it removed local control from communities. I believe that the decision making ability should be returned to the states to encourage localized reform. Giving parents the ability to choose safe and effective schools will encourage innovation and bring accountability to failing systems." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "No." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.VXXyTnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no 'one size fits all' solution for education, and Washington should not be in the business of trying to create one." http://dougcollins.house.gov/education/ (dougcollins.house.gov)
  • Doug Collins. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "NO ANSWER" for: "Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?" Other or expanded principles: "I do not think it is the job of the federal government to require anything of the state concerning education. The more localized the control, the better. States should have control over their education system in order to promote competition amongst individual states, and implement better educational practices overall."
Other or expanded principles

I do not think it is the job of the federal government to require anything of the state concerning education. The more localized the control, the better. States should have control over their education system in order to promote competition amongst individual states, and implement better educational practices overall.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoInferred Answer Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations
  • "[…] I strongly support domestic drilling, which will expand our own energy production and reduce out of control gas prices." http://dougcollins.house.gov/energy/ (dougcollins.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "[...]we believe this carbon dioxide regulation – whose implementation is legally questionable at best – would do untold harm to the American people and our economy for decades to come." http://jeffduncan.house.gov/sites/jeffduncan.house.gov/files/Duncan%20Carbon%20Emission%20Letter%20to%20EPA.pdf (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • "We already have laws on the books that support regulations on greenhouse gas. I would have to review what future laws would be put on the books before I would sign on to more. Additionally, I have signed on to the No Climate Tax Pledge authored by Americans for Prosperity. This gives my vow I will oppose any legislation associated with climate change that implements a net increase in government revenue." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.VXXyTnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] I strongly support domestic drilling, which will expand our own energy production and reduce out of control gas prices." http://dougcollins.house.gov/energy/ (dougcollins.house.gov)
  • "We already have laws on the books that support regulations on greenhouse gas. I would have to review what future laws would be put on the books before I would sign on to more. Additionally, I have signed on to the No Climate Tax Pledge authored by Americans for Prosperity. This gives my vow I will oppose any legislation associated with climate change that implements a net increase in government revenue." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.VXXyTnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: " [… ] we believe this carbon dioxide regulation whose implementation is legally questionable at best and would do untold harm to the American people and our economy for decades to come." http://jeffduncan.house.gov/sites/jeffduncan.house.gov/files/Duncan%20Carbon%20Emission%20Letter%20to%20EPA.pdf (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Enivornment America https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/9790#.WfMwLme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We already have laws on the books that support regulations on greenhouse gas. I would have to review what future laws would be put on the books before I would sign on to more. Additionally, I have signed on to the No Climate Tax Pledge authored by Americans for Prosperity. This gives my vow I will oppose any legislation associated with climate change that implements a net increase in government revenue." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.VXXyTnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: " [… ] we believe this carbon dioxide regulation whose implementation is legally questionable at best and would do untold harm to the American people and our economy for decades to come." http://jeffduncan.house.gov/sites/jeffduncan.house.gov/files/Duncan%20Carbon%20Emission%20Letter%20to%20EPA.pdf (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Enivornment America https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/9790#.WfMwLme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "[...]we believe this carbon dioxide regulation – whose implementation is legally questionable at best – would do untold harm to the American people and our economy for decades to come." http://jeffduncan.house.gov/sites/jeffduncan.house.gov/files/Duncan%20Carbon%20Emission%20Letter%20to%20EPA.pdf (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • "We already have laws on the books that support regulations on greenhouse gas. I would have to review what future laws would be put on the books before I would sign on to more. Additionally, I have signed on to the No Climate Tax Pledge authored by Americans for Prosperity. This gives my vow I will oppose any legislation associated with climate change that implements a net increase in government revenue." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/67851/doug-collins/#.VXXyTnUViko (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

We already have laws on the books that support regulations on greenhouse gas. I would have to review what future laws would be put on the books before I would sign on to more. Additionally, I have signed on to the No Climate Tax Pledge authored by Americans for Prosperity. This gives my vow I will oppose any legislation associated with climate change that implements a net increase in government revenue.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I have always been a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights, both in my personal life and during my six years in the Georgia General Assembly. Furthermore, I have received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association for my candidacy in this race.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

I was proud to vote in favor of Georgia's toughest immigration law, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011. This legislation cracked down on Georgia's illegal immigration problem while simultaneously removing the financial burden from the taxpayers. The federal government has an obligation to streamline our immigration process in order to take control of this problem, until then the states must pursue whatever course of action they deem necessary.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

I have never and will never support anything but marriage between one man and one woman.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • "Our country has built the greatest military unit in the world, and I will fight every day in Washington to ensure that legacy continues and our liberties are protected. That includes providing the proper funding to get the job done while consistently protecting our troops. We must ensure America never bows down to her enemies." http://dougcollins.house.gov/defense-national-security-and-veteran-affairs/ (dougcollins.house.gov)
  • Doug Collins. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "NO ANSWER" for: "Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?" Other or expanded principles: "I believe Iran is an imminent threat to the United States and also one of our greatest friends, Israel. Protecting our citizenry from any threat -- foreign or domestic -- is an obligation the federal government must uphold; however, it should do so without violating the basic rights every member of our citizenry has been granted under the Constitution."
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I believe Iran is an imminent threat to the United States and also one of our greatest friends, Israel. Protecting our citizenry from any threat -- foreign or domestic -- is an obligation the federal government must uphold; however, it should do so without violating the basic rights every member of our citizenry has been granted under the Constitution.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

It's time the federal government stop taxing American productivity and growth. We need comprehensive tax reform which creates a system that everyone can understand and participate in. As we have it now, only about half of our citizenry is paying taxes to support the other half. We must eliminate this substantial problem, and I believe the best way to do that is a complete revamp of our current tax code.

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.

I will work hard toward repealing the Affordable Care Act. This one action can eliminate cumbersome regulations that hamper private industry growth, save federal funds and CREATE JOBS. Another legislative priority of mine will be greatly reducing federal spending and instituting a balanced budget. I have done just that in the Georgia General Assembly in cutting $5 billion from our state budget in the past 6 years, all the while balancing our state budget. Once we get our spending under control we can begin to cut back on the deficit we are leaving our future generations.

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