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Tim Scott's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • Voted in favor of S 311 "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act." (votesmart.org)
  • ""American families should not be mandated by the government to subsidize abortions," said Senator Tim Scott. "We remain committed to fighting for the lives of all God's children, both born and unborn."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Leader Schumer: "Abortion is not health care; rather, it is a brutal procedure that destroys the life of an innocent unborn child. The Hyde Amendment reflects a consensus that millions of pro-life Americans who are profoundly opposed to abortion should not be coerced into paying for it or incentivizing it with their taxpayer dollars. A substantial majority of the American public agrees. A 2021 Marist poll found that nearly six in ten Americans, including even more than a third of those who identify as pro-choice, oppose the use of their taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions. Most importantly, the Hyde Amendment saves lives. Analysis by the Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates that over 2.4 million Americans owe their lives to the Hyde Amendment, and it routinely saves more than 60,000 lives every year." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "This is a monumental moment that marks a clear win for the American people. This was always about finding an American solution for American families. It is about helping the average person in this country keep more of their hard-earned income. It makes sure single mothers - like my own who worked 16-hour days to take care of her family - get a better deal under our tax plan. We ensure small business owners, running "mom and pop' shops, have an easier time expanding and creating even more jobs right in their own communities. Our bill also makes sure the jobs of the future are created right here in America. Today, we are one step closer to starting the New Year off with a tax code that the American people both need and deserve." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""From day one our priority has been simple: fix the broken tax code, and ensure the biggest winners from tax reform are our hardworking American families and our economy," said Scott. "And that's exactly what we delivered. Folks will be able to keep more of their hard-earned money, families will get a big break through the enhanced Child Tax Credit, and our corporate tax rate will finally be at a competitive level that will help us create the jobs of the future right here in the USA. We also repealed Obamacare's Individual Mandate, an unfair tax that overwhelmingly burdens our middle class families. After years of a stalled economy and stagnant wages, tax reform will help generate the type of economic growth we have been lacking."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Administrator Verma: "Millions of our constituents depend on Medicare Advantage for quality, patient-centered health care. Beneficiary enthusiasm for the program remains strong, with more than one in three seniors enrolled. This is due, in part, to private plans' ability to leverage best practices in care delivery, use robust data analytics, and implement proven value-based care and care management models. Medicare Advantage enrollees report a 91 percent satisfaction rate, with 74 percent of enrollees in plans rated four Stars and above." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""Diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in South Carolina and disproportionately impacts our most vulnerable communities," said Senator Tim Scott. "The PREVENT DIABETES Act could deliver life-saving results for older Americans in the Palmetto State and across the country."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Leader McConnell: "As we near the end of the year and the 116th Congress, we urge you to include provisions in end of the year legislation to make permanent expanded coverage of Medicare telehealth services. Specifically, immediate action to permanently waive geographic restrictions for originating sites, authorize health centers in rural and underserved areas to provide telehealth, and allow beneficiaries to use telehealth in their homes would be key steps to ensure much-needed certainty about Medicare telehealth coverage for health care providers and to improve access to care for patients." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Jake, if we could do that on chokeholds can we do that on qualified immunity? I'm not going after character-driven law enforcement officers. I refuse to stereotype officers, especially as an African- American who has been stereotyped, but the bad officers, let's go full board after those folks. And we could have found the middle ground on that." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The one thing you cannot do in police reform is leave the impression that somehow we're going to demonize police officers. And if you tell officers that their personal liability is on the line, it is a bad decision. That's one of the reasons why we've never been negotiating on qualified immunity for the individual officer. It's just bad policy; I won't support it. Things like the chokehold and 1033, which is the militarization of police, those are things we can negotiate on. No knock warrants -- we can make them better and more transparent. We're making progress on those issues, but we cannot and I will not support defunding the police." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""South Carolinians have a unique bond with our nation's military, and we know how important it is that we ensure that our men and women are equipped with the tools they need to defend and protect this great nation," said Senator Tim Scott. "I am proud that Congress was able to secure not only a pay raise for our troops, but also increase funding for military institutions located in South Carolina, create new opportunities at the Savannah River Site, and provide more resources for the DoD's HBCU Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation program."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""South Carolina serves as more than a training ground for our servicemembers. It serves as a home for thousands of brave men and women and their families," said Senator Tim Scott. "I am proud that we were able to increase funding for South Carolina's military institutions, for the Department of Defense's HBCU Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation program, and for pay raises for our military families. South Carolinians are all too familiar with the sacrifices of our military members, and I am glad that Congress is responding to those sacrifices by providing much-needed resources. I look forward to continuing to strengthen our Armed Services to ensure that America remains the greatest and most powerful nation on earth."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • "This overwhelmingly bipartisan bill, passed 99-1, is a comprehensive package of common-sense reforms that will authorize the Army Corps to construct, expedite, and modify more than 100 water resource projects across all 50 states. I am proud to have secured two provisions in this landmark bill to ensure that while we modernize and secure our water infrastructure, South Carolinian taxpayers are kept top of mind." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""I support targeted investment in upgrading our nation's roads, bridges, ports, broadband, and other real infrastructure needs. But I cannot support more reckless spending on unrelated pet projects that will suffocate our future generations with mountains of debt," said Senator Scott. "Rather than taking a common sense approach to investing in infrastructure, this bill has been rushed through so Democrats can spend trillions more dollars we don't have on liberal policies we don't need--all amid record inflation. American families cannot afford to foot the bill for this "spend now, tax later' plan, which is why I voted no."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Reckless spending and wasteful government programs threaten the safety, security, and economic well-being of this country. For America to continue to lead, we need to ensure that our fiscal house is in order. This doesn’t just affect Americans today, but future generations of Americans. Tim believes Americans deserve representation that works hard at reducing the national debt and protecting prosperity for all." (votetimscott.com)
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""From day one our priority has been simple: fix the broken tax code, and ensure the biggest winners from tax reform are our hardworking American families and our economy," said Scott. "And that's exactly what we delivered. Folks will be able to keep more of their hard-earned money, families will get a big break through the enhanced Child Tax Credit, and our corporate tax rate will finally be at a competitive level that will help us create the jobs of the future right here in the USA. We also repealed Obamacare's Individual Mandate, an unfair tax that overwhelmingly burdens our middle class families. After years of a stalled economy and stagnant wages, tax reform will help generate the type of economic growth we have been lacking."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 748 "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act." (votesmart.org)
  • ""The passage of critical COVID-19 relief, government funding and tax extenders is a huge boost for the American people," Scott said. "These bills mean the COVID-19 vaccine will be available at no charge to anyone who wants it, expanded unemployment and extended rental assistance will be available to American families, and more support is available for our small businesses -- in addition to giving our troops a pay raise and other issues critical to our nation."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""Finally, after days of Democrats playing political games, relief is coming for families, workers, small businesses, and health care professionals across South Carolina and the country," Senator Scott said. "COVID-19 not only endangers our health, but has also presented the biggest economic challenge our nation has seen in a decade. This package, while not perfect, will provide immediate financial assistance for those in need, help our small businesses keep their doors open, and keep our amazing health care providers safer."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Education is the closest thing to magic in America. When a child has access to a variety of educational options, their lives change for the better. Whether it is a public school, private school, homeschool, charter schools, or other models of education, all families deserve equal access to whatever option works best for their child. When parents have a choice, students have a chance." (votetimscott.com)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The "Clean Power Plan" goes far beyond the scope of the EPA’s authority and threatens to upend an entire sector of our economy. I joined my colleagues in filing an amicus brief to oppose this overstep." (twitter.com)
  • "We need to get back to the hard work and strategic policies that set the United States on the course towards energy independence. I urge President Biden to heed common sense and put America back on the path to energy security." (twitter.com)
  • "Gas prices don’t just "seem alarming" — Americans are paying 40% more at the pump, that’s terrifying. Americans need energy independence provided by the Keystone XL Pipeline, not pipe dreams that keep us dependent on foreign oil." (twitter.com)
  • "Gas prices don’t just "seem alarming" — Americans are paying 40% more at the pump, that’s terrifying. Americans need energy independence provided by the Keystone XL Pipeline, not pipe dreams that keep us dependent on foreign oil." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 94% by Independent Petroleum Association of America. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to President Biden: "Through smart energy production, we can fulfill our energy needs while simultaneously exporting oil and gas to our allies," the senators continued. "Low carbon technologies are worth investing in; however, the reality of the moment is that America is increasingly reliant on imports of foreign oil. The spike in oil price is a result of Russia's incursion into Ukraine, which benefits the Putin regime and hurts American consumers." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The "Clean Power Plan" goes far beyond the scope of the EPA’s authority and threatens to upend an entire sector of our economy. I joined my colleagues in filing an amicus brief to oppose this overstep." (twitter.com)
  • Signed Letter to Director Richardson: "These continued assaults of the Second Amendment threaten law-abiding Americans' rights as they try to follow ATF guidance on making these parts. We request that the ATF provide us answers on why they are rejecting legal applications and denying law abiding citizens access to their Second Amendment right. The ATF was not established to interfere with a basic right afforded to every American." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association (NRA). (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Tim Scott is devoted to defending the right of law-abiding Americans to bear arms to defend themselves, their families, and their property." (votetimscott.com)
  • Voted in favor of S Amdt 271 "Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's ruling by a federal district judge that the Obama Administration was improperly spending taxpayer dollars to pay for subsidies related to Obamacare is positive news in our fight to stop this disastrous law. The case, brought by Republicans in the House of Representatives, shows two important things. First, when you pass a bill to figure out what's in it -- you end up with a bad bill, and second, we are seeing one more step in Obamacare failing the American people." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "As Biden’s #bordercrisis worsens, there is more than $100M in unused border wall materials, already paid for, just going to waste since January. This recklessness is squandering an opportunity to secure our border." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 95% by NumbersUSA. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""Sanctuary cities are not providing safety, shelter, or security," said Scott. "By refusing to comply with federal immigration laws and immigration authorities, these cities are knowingly creating an environment where repeat offenders can go without fear of repercussions."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I do not support a policy of categorically separating children from their parents at the border. Without a doubt, we must secure our border, eliminate loopholes that encourage illegal immigration, and resist attempts to return to ‘catch and release’." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 95% by NumbersUSA. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S Amdt 1948 "Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act (Toomey Amendment)" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1 "Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019." (votesmart.org)
  • "The world has seen the atrocities perpetrated by the Iranian regime time and time again, yet President Biden is willing to stake global stability on Tehran's word. Unfortunately, words are meaningless without action. To re-enter the flawed Iran Deal as it currently stands would be to turn a blind eye to all who suffer from the Ayatollah's state-sponsored terrorism. The Iranian people--and the people of the world--deserve better," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We further agree that outside of its nuclear program, Iran continues to pose a threat to U.S. and international security through exporting arms, including highly accurate missiles, supporting Shia militias that target U.S. service members, and supporting terrorist organizations and other malign actors throughout the region. We also remain concerned about Iran's continued human rights abuses of its own citizens and the increasing size and capabilities of its ballistic and cruise missile programs. Looking ahead, we strongly believe that you should use the full force of our diplomatic and economic tools in concert with our allies on the United Nations Security Council and in the region to reach an agreement that prevents Iran from ever acquiring nuclear weapons and meaningfully constrains its destabilizing activity throughout the Middle East and its ballistic missile program. We are obviously incredibly concerned about threats to U.S. persons and assets in Iraq and elsewhere in the region as well as attacks on important U.S. security partners." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S J Res 7 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to President Biden: "The consequences of withdrawal from Afghanistan are not isolated to that country, or even to the Middle East region. The withdrawal carried geopolitical and strategic consequences that have already begun to unfold and will reverberate for decades. Dealing with these consequences means that we must take action now to chart the course for American strategy, while we manage the immediate repercussions of this self-inflicted crisis in Afghanistan." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S J Res 29 "A joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia certain defense articles and services" (votesmart.org)
  • "I support and voted for the USMCA, and I also want to make certain moving forward that we don't stifle growth and innovation in the process. Specifically, I will continue to keep an eye on how the rules and regulations surrounding the automotive industry are carried out." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (votesmart.org)

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