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Scott DesJarlais' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (TN) - District 4

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  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman DesJarlais believes that all life should be cherished and protected." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm committed to reducing Tennesseans' taxes, as well as Washington spending, to help people of every income bracket and background attain the American Dream," (votesmart.org)
  • "Replacing our broken tax code with the FairTax will unshackle America's job creators, unburden American families, and spur an economic revolution," said Congressman Woodall. "Across the nation, folks have been calling for the FairTax and I'm excited that momentum is growing in Washington, too." (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead, it is imperative that we examine our options in a cautious manner and look at making incremental reforms, adjustments that do not impact our current or near retirees, in order to ensure the programs viability, not only for today's seniors, but for their children and grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
  • "Furthermore, we cannot allow politicians to circumvent budget cuts by raiding Social Security to pay for other programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "While I acknowledge that many difficult cuts need to be made, I do not believe that we can undermine the obligations we have to our seniors who have paid into this system throughout their lives. As such, I have and will continue to strongly oppose any changes to the program for current retirees." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Most of the cuts made by this amendment would come from high-priority deferred maintenance and infrastructure repairs. With a $3.7 billion infrastructure and maintenance backlog, these cuts are unacceptable and pose a serious threat not only to the NNSA mission, but to the occupational well-being of its employees as well." (votesmart.org)
  • "This legislation would reverse the gains we have made to rebuild the U.S. military after years of neglect. It cuts nuclear and missile defense, hindering modernization programs to secure our country against advanced adversaries, and cuts defense overall, because of some misguided notion that our country's strength is the source of all the world's problems. No, the United States is a force for good, our allies are depending on us, and weakness invites aggression, as we saw during the prior administration, when China, Russia, Iran and ISIS expanded their influence across the globe." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rather than continuing to tax and spend, the government needs to cut and prioritize." (www.facebook.com)
  • "That is why I HAVE NEVER voted to raise the debt limit and I WILL NEVER support legislation allowing the federal government to borrow more money from the Chinese. We must cut spending. Period." (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Replacing our broken tax code with the FairTax will unshackle America's job creators, unburden American families, and spur an economic revolution," said Congressman Woodall. "Across the nation, folks have been calling for the FairTax and I'm excited that momentum is growing in Washington, too." (votesmart.org)
  • "The U.S. corporate tax rate is among the highest in the world, and this country is one of just a few to tax American companies not once, but twice, driving innovation, investment and jobs overseas, explaining lackluster wage growth for many years," (votesmart.org)
  • "To ensure that, I voted for the CARES Act, unprecedented legislation for an unprecedented problem, the severe slowdown or closure of industries and businesses, as we all work to prevent the spread of coronavirus." (www.facebook.com)
  • "Unfortunately, this legislation fails to sufficiently curtail excessive government overreach in our nation's school system. Rather than returning control of education back to the state and local level, this bill continues with the misguided policy of allowing Washington bureaucrats to make decisions affecting children's education that should be left to parents and teachers." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "All, if H.R. 5, the Student Success Act is brought up for a vote, I will be voting against it. We must defund Common Core and return education back to the states. Do you agree?" (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • "Although almost all of them will tell you they support the Green New Deal, a plan to socialize America's economy, no Senate Democrat voted for it when Mitch McConnell gave them the chance, and Democrats have so far refused to advance legislation in the House, where they're in charge for the time being. Their reluctance to embrace their own bad ideas is the perfect illustration of what would happen in reality. Political insiders and cronies would be exempt, while working Americans would bear the brunt of devastating taxes and regulation. Domestic energy, manufacturing jobs, economic growth and optimism are finally returning because of tax cuts and lighter regulation. We cannot allow an extreme, far-left agenda to destroy the progress this country is making." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Domestic energy, manufacturing jobs, economic growth and optimism are finally returning because of tax cuts and lighter regulation. We cannot allow an extreme, far-left agenda to destroy the progress this country is making." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 2% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "In short, Madame Administrator, we believe this cartbon dioxide regulation - whose implementation is legally questionable at best - would do untold harm to the American people and our economy for decades to come." (votesmart.org)
  • "The right to bear arms is a constitutionally protected right and we will fight to make sure those rights are not eroded." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • "Conservatives have been warning that health care premiums would skyrocket under ObamaCare. Well, it looks like that is precisely what is going to happen. This is why it is so critical that Congress defunds this government takeover of health care." (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted against HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Any solution to illegal immigration must include border security and domestic law enforcement, and Congress must write the law. For that reason, federal courts struck down the former president's unconstitutional orders, and I support Kate's Law, defunding sanctuary cities, a border wall, and a legal, merit-based immigration system that works better for American citizens, workers and taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 98% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 98% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "Granting amnesty to those who have come here illegally not only erodes the rule of law, but it is unfair to the millions of folks who have respected our legal system and are working to gain citizenship in the right way." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must secure our border now and send back those who came here illegally." (www.facebook.com)
  • "The governments of North Korea, Iran and Russia are in different ways actively seeking to harm Americans and our interests abroad. Just yesterday, the U.S. Navy fired a warning shot at an armed Iranian patrol boat in the Persian Gulf," said Rep. DesJarlais. "Stronger sanctions send a clear message that America will punish aggressive behavior towards our people." (votesmart.org)
  • "For the president to simply take Iran at their word is not only naïve, it is dangerous. The only acceptable path forward is one where we completely eliminate Iran's ability to obtain nuclear weapons." (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only has Iran already violated the terms of Barack Obama's weak agreement, the regime has flagrantly violated U.N. resolutions restricting its ballistic missile tests and taken more American hostages, while others remained imprisoned. President Trump rightfully withdrew from the JCPOA, and we will work together to hold Iran to account for its nuclear program, terrorism and attacks on our allies." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write to urge increased diplomatic action by the United States to renew the expiring United Nations arms embargo against Iran and United Nations travel restrictions on those Iranian individuals involved with dangerous proliferation activities. U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 bans arms transfers to and from Iran, yet Iran routinely violates this resolution with impunity, particularly in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Iran's illicit transfers of weapons directly contribute to some of the most destabilizing threats to the United States and our partners in the Middle East such as Israel and the Gulf States. Even so, the resolution serves as an important means to restrain the sale of weapons to Iran and makes a clear continued international resolve to stop Iran's illicit weapons transfers." (votesmart.org)
  • "As we also saw in Libya, his response was to arm various militias, some of them with radical Islamist ties. President Trump put an end to this policy in Syria, removing combat restrictions Mr. Obama placed on American troops that had prevented them from seriously engaging the enemy. Under new leadership, we have rebuilt the U.S. military, after drastic cuts under Barack Obama, and demolished the ISIS caliphate, which expanded under his "leading from behind" strategy. We canceled the Iran nuclear deal and nuclear treaties Russia has ignored. The United States is stronger today, and the President is doing exactly what he said he would do with the support of a majority of Americans, who never approved large troop numbers in Syria. Nor has Congress. When given the opportunity, both Republicans and Democrats have refused to endorse the occupying force this week's resolution would require." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "While we agree that NAFTA should be updated to help our companies better address the challenges of the 21st century economy, it should not be terminated." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)

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