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Austin Scott's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (GA) - District 8

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Issue Positions

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  • "I am proud to be pro-life and am committed to protecting the lives of the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Hardworking families deserve to keep more of the money they earn in their pocket," (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 85% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our health care system needs to be improved, but this is not the solution. The American people deserve common sense, market-based reforms that lower costs, increase access to more affordable care, and give citizens more control over their health care decisions. I co-sponsored and voted for H.R. 2 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I have also voted for a number of other bills that help bring true reform to our broken healthcare system." (votesmart.org)
  • "As we continue to work to halt Washington's spending spree, both parties should forge meaningful, bipartisan reform for the Social Security system that protects the promise of Social Security for the American people for generations to come." (votesmart.org)
  • "Millions of retired Americans depend on Social Security for their retirement. We must take steps to preserve, protect and strengthen the system for current retirees as well as future generations." (austinscott.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm very disappointed to see so many of my Democratic colleagues vote to pass H.R. 1, which will mandate sweeping changes to state-run elections and erode states' rights in administering elections. There are changes that need to be made to our election system, but they should be done by state legislatures, not by Washington bureaucrats," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "The two year deal on defense spending is a step in the right direction to over-turn the devastating cuts which have loomed over our military for years." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""In my role on the House Armed Services Committee, one of my critical duties is to provide for our nation's defense. This week, I voted in favor of the FY 21 National Defense Authorization Act because it authorized needed resources for our men and women in uniform," said Rep. Austin Scott. "While this bill isn't perfect, I believe we were able to accomplish many goals in this year's NDAA important to Georgia and the nation. My priorities included funding for Robins and Moody Air Force Bases in Georgia's Eighth District, a 3% pay raise for our warfighters, further modernization of our ballistic missile submarine fleet, new investments in systems and platforms across DOD, and a bipartisan amendment I offered to review opportunities to incorporate innovative wood product technologies in military construction projects."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "One of the most important responsibilities as a Member of Congress is providing for our men and women in uniform. I am proud to have worked on this piece of legislation, and we are ready to begin work on the FY2019 NDAA." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "In many instances, rural communities sit in-between areas with highspeed access. Scores of communities in my district fall into this category. What's lacking is infrastructure to connect these rural areas to major service providers. The Broadband for Rural America Act will provide new investments for USDA connectivity programs to address these concerns and bring highspeed internet infrastructure to rural communities in need," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "One of the most important commitments this committee makes to producers is to help provide the support and infrastructure necessary to make a living in rural America. The work that farmers and ranchers do every day is pivotal to our survival. These rural development initiatives are key to ensuring that small, sometimes isolated, communities have basic services like clean water, reliable electricity, and phone service, as well as expanded employment opportunities. As the committee begins to craft the next farm bill, we will look for ways to improve on the initiatives in place and to grow more opportunities for rural communities," (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 85% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20% -- down from 35%, which today is the highest in the industrialized world -- the largest reduction in the U.S. corporate tax rate in our nation's history." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "A coronavirus stimulus package is now on its way to @realDonaldTrump 's desk to be signed into law. While this certainly isn’t a perfect bill, this package will provide vital resources to health care facilities, businesses, & American families during this public health emergency." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We need to reduce the number of federal programs and leave those matters in the hands of local communities so that they can succeed. I am committed to using my voice in Congress to promote that success and I hope that you will continue to share your ideas with me as we work to improve education for the next generation." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "There is not a single solution to our nation's energy requirements. That is why I believe in an energy policy that includes increased domestic oil exploration, increased refining capacity within the United States and increased production of domestic oil, natural gas and clean coal. We must also free private industry to research and develop promising new energy resources and technologies." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "As conversations about the future of U.S. energy policy continue, it is vital that we work in a bipartisan manner to prevent rural America from shouldering the burden of an extreme climate agenda. America's farmers and ranchers are already rising to the occasion, taking advantage of voluntary stewardship programs included in the 2018 Farm Bill to sequester carbon, reduce emissions, and adopt more energy efficient farming practices. Expanding these programs, including reducing barriers to access, should be our priority as these discussions move forward," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "As conversations about the future of U.S. energy policy continue, it is vital that we work in a bipartisan manner to prevent rural America from shouldering the burden of an extreme climate agenda. America's farmers and ranchers are already rising to the occasion, taking advantage of voluntary stewardship programs included in the 2018 Farm Bill to sequester carbon, reduce emissions, and adopt more energy efficient farming practices. Expanding these programs, including reducing barriers to access, should be our priority as these discussions move forward," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 3% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Con Res 119 - Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "I also believe that Americans should not have to ask for permission to exercise their Constitutional rights when they cross state lines. That is why I am a cosponsor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and was proud to vote in favor of it when it passed the House today." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (NRA). (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • "I co-sponsored and voted for H.R. 2 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I have also voted for a number of other bills that help bring true reform to our broken healthcare system." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by American Public Health Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6136 - Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 88% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3219 - Make America Secure Appropriations Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Yesterday, on the first day of the new Congress, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle chose to put forth a reckless spending bill to reopen the government that lacked the necessary funds to secure our border and protect the homeland." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 88% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am committed to immigration reform, & I will continue working towards policies that protect the homeland while welcoming immigrants that seek to come to this country through lawful channels to live, work, or study." (twitter.com)
  • "I look forward to hearing @POTUS's plan to confront the criminal activity along our border that endangers Americans & undermines our immigration laws. I support @POTUS's efforts to secure & enhance our border & extend my thx to law enforcement & CBP agents who keep us all safe." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today was quite a historic day as the President of the United States met with the Leader of North Korea to bring peace and stability to the Korean Peninsula and the world," said Rep. Scott. "In the coming months, I hope to see continued substantive negotiations with the goal of denuclearization and a path of peace and prosperity moving forward." (votesmart.org)
  • "Israel currently faces threats from escalating instability in Egypt, Hezbollah rockets in Lebanon, Hamas terrorists in Gaza and the existential danger posed by Iran's nuclear program. U.S. security assistance to Israel, including supporting Israel's acquisition of the Iron Dome rocket defense system, has never been more important for our own national security interests." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • ""The United States spent two decades in Afghanistan training and equipping Afghan forces, rooting out terrorism, and supporting pro-Democracy initiatives that positively impacted women, children, and the quality of life in Afghanistan. Thousands of Americans and Afghans perished in the country fighting the Taliban and other terrorist organizations," said Rep. Scott. "How did the fall of Afghanistan happen in a matter of hours? Speaker Pelosi must call Congress back to Washington for classified briefings on the situation in Afghanistan. Tough questions need to be asked and they need to be answered. Anything else is nothing other than protection of President Joe Biden at all costs regardless of the consequences to America."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens, and they remain a key ally of the United States in the Middle East. Hamas is a terrorist group, and the U.S. and President Biden should strongly condemn these acts of violence against Israel." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "I congratulate President Trump on the announcement of reaching a trilateral agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada to replace NAFTA with an updated and modernized trade deal," said Rep. Scott. "I look forward to carefully analyzing the text and working with the Trump Administration to ensure this proposal benefits America's farmers, businesses, and consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • "Moments ago, the House passed #USMCA. I congratulate & thank @realDonaldTrump on securing this important trade deal, which passed with my support. This new agreement with GA’s top export markets is critical to ensuring the success of our businesses, farmers, & manufacturers." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
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.
The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

X a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
X c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
X g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
Abortion should be illegal; hower, I would support legislation that limited abortions to the first trimester. No public funds for abortion.

State Budget: 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.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.

Slightly Increase a) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase b) Education (K-12)
Maintain Status c) Emergency preparedness
Maintain Status d) Environment
Slightly Increase e) Health care
Greatly Increase f) Law enforcement
Maintain Status g) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease h) Welfare
Maintain Status i) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increase b) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decrease c) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status d) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decrease e) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Status f) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decrease g) Property taxes
Slightly Increase h) Sales taxes
Maintain Status i) Vehicle taxes
Maintain Status j) Other or expanded categories
Yes 1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Yes 2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
No 3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
Budget must be balanced and spending can not exceed revenues
collection of taxes due is key to reducing other taxes
give department of revenue tools to collect taxes owed after tax payor has been given right ot appeal and access to court

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yes a) Do you support the current limit of terms for Georgia governors?
Yes b) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Georgia state senators and representatives?
Yes 1) Individual
Yes 2) PAC
Yes 3) Corporate
Yes 4) Political Parties
Yes d) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
No e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
Yes f) Should Georgia participate in the federal REAL ID program?
No g) Should the state government give county governments the authority to levy a 1 percent sales tax, if approved by county voters, for transportation projects?
Allow more flexibility for school systems with splost funds

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
X b) Support the death penalty in Georgia.
X c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
X d) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
e) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
f) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
X g) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
h) Support hate crime legislation.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
X c) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
d) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
e) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
f) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
X g) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
h) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
X i) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Georgia to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

X a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
X b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
X c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
X d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Include gender identity in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws.
h) Increase the state minimum wage.
i) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
X j) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
X k) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
l) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

X a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
X b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
c) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
X d) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
e) Support funding for improvements to Georgia's power generating and transmission facilities.
f) Support funding for open space preservation.
g) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
Expand domestic drilling and nuclear power projects EPA standards should have cost/benefit analysis done before implementing

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

No a) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yes b) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
No c) Should a license be required for gun possession?
Yes d) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yes e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
X b) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
X c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
X d) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
X e) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Georgia.
g) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
X h) Fund the Trauma Care Network by increasing vehicle registration fees $10.
transparency measures that provide information about quality and price with regard to healthcare should be expanded.

['Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.', 'Legislative Priorities']

No a) Should Georgia recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
No b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
No c) Should Georgia provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Yes d) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Yes e) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
No f) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yes g) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
No h) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
No i) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
No j) Should Georgia continue affirmative action programs?
Yes k) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
No l) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
Yes m) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
n) Other or expanded principles
fair and balanced government that encourages personal responsibility and competition.

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