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Tim Scott's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Tim Scott has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 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 2016.

  • Voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (
  • "The question asked in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt was a simple one: should abortion providers be required to follow common sense health standards to protect women? This should not be a pro-life or pro-choice issue -- women deserve access to safe and sanitary conditions, period. Needless to say, I am extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court's decision today that will put women's health at risk." (
  • "The US now has the highest corporate tax rate in the world - the opposite of competitive. Need tax reform for jobs and for American families" (
  • Signed a pledge stating "ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
  • "We have a responsibility-- especially to our children -- to stop the scourge of prescription drug abuse. Far too many Americans have been affected by this growing epidemic, far too many families have been torn apart, and far too many lives have been lost. We must go after this problem from every angle -- family assistance, counseling programs, consumer and medical education, law enforcement support, state and federal legislation -- and today, the United States Senate joins the fight in one more capacity." (
  • "President Obama's final budget proposal raises taxes, focuses on new spending and ignores our $19 trillion debt. While far from a surprise, it is extremely disappointing that instead of submitting a proposal to actually address our fiscal concerns, the President has simply created a liberal wish list. There is no doubt it is DOA upon arrival in Congress." (
  • "We have to get serious about addressing America's debt crisis and curbing our spending addiction in government. I believe putting spending on auto-pilot, even for a short time, is not how we accomplish that. Today, I voted against the short-term continuing resolution because I, like most Americans, want our government to learn to live within its means and budget better." (
  • "President Reagan believed that government had grown too big. He believed that high taxes stifled the economy and American creativity. And he was right. He fought for lower tax rates, less government spending and less red tape and bureaucracy so that our economy would grow. And grow it did!" (
  • "We have targeted the top 10 job-destroying government regulations, as well as a variety of tax cuts, in order to stimulate job growth and give our business owners the tools they need to move forward." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" (
  • "I am pleased the HELP Committee was able to take an important first step with today's passage of the Every Child Achieves Act. This critical legislation will help put decision-making back in the hands of parents and communities, and limits the roles of bureaucrats in Washington, DC. I am proud we were able to include language ending federal interference on state academic standards such as Common Core, and to provide a foundation that allows states to implement pay-for-performance plans for teachers and administrators." (
  • "I want to thank Dr. John King for his willingness to discuss important issues facing our nation's education system throughout this process. Unfortunately, his lack of support for critical issues surrounding school choice, such as reauthorizing the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, leave me unable to support his nomination. I am also concerned with his support for Common Core, signaling a willingness to exert more federal control over education." (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • "Today, after six years of partisan delays, the new Republican majority passed the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, a bipartisan energy and infrastructure bill. Now the President will have to decide whether to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline, creating tens of thousands of jobs and generating billions of dollars for America's economy, or continue to restrain our nation's energy future." (
  • "Americans need cost-efficient, clean, and safe energy resources. All of which can be done with increasing our energy production on our own soil. It is in our country's best interest to promote policies that encourage American-made alternative and renewable energy -- policies that will embrace our nation's energy capabilities." (
  • Signed a pledge stating, "Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs." (
  • Signed a letter stating, "At a time when manufacturers are moving production from overseas to the U.S. and investing billions of dollars in the process, we are very concerned that an Administration with a poor management record decided to embark on a plan that will result in energy rationing, pitting power plants against refineries, chemical plants, and paper mills, for the ability to operate when coming up against EPA's emissions requirements. A management decision that eliminates access to abundant, affordable power puts U.S. manufacturing at a competitive disadvantage." (
  • 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" (
  • Voted in favor of S.Amdt.719 "Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms" (
  • Rated 0% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
  • "Senator Scott voted against two additional amendments, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) which he believes would take away Second Amendment rights from law abiding Americans. The Feinstein Amendment contains no provisions protecting due process rights for Americans incorrectly placed on terror lists, while the Murphy Amendment attempts to limit the Second Amendment rights of Americans to own firearms." (
  • "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." (
  • "As a cosponsor of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, I have also been steadfast in supporting efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act's intrusion on American's religious beliefs. Government is already overreaching into our homes and businesses; it can't be allowed to do the same with our faith." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" (
  • "Today the Supreme Court reinforced that the President cannot simply decide on his own to grant amnesty to 5 million people, and I sincerely hope the White House will now put their focus where it should be regarding immigration -- securing our borders and fixing our legal immigration system." (
  • "Reform also must include providing our law enforcement with the tools they need to enforce laws already on the books. Laws that everyone, immigrants and native-born alike, must follow and respect. Illegal immigrants should not reap the benefits of citizenship at the expense of the law-abiding taxpayer and I am committed to fight any effort or threat to weaken our already-troubled immigration system." (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of S.2146 "Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act" (
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign (
  • "Tim Scott believes in the sanctity of traditional marriage between a man and a woman and opposes gay marriage." (
  • "In order to protect Americans at home, we must deter those who wish to do harm to us. We should not be foolish enough to believe that we can inadequately fund our military yet retain our superior position in the world. We must be vigilant in defying the threats we continue face -- Iran and North Korea continue to pursue nuclear weapons technology in bold defiance; radical Islamists seek to undermine democracy and freedoms; and the future still looks uncertain for Afghanistan and Iraq." (
  • "Given the tools he requested, the President must now decisively and aggressively engage and defeat ISIS. Any further delays in this process will simply allow ISIS to grow stronger and establish deeper footholds across Iraq and Syria." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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