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Tom Rice's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (SC) - District 7, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (SC) - District 7


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Issue Positions

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  • "This is a victory for the #FirstAmendment and the sanctity of life. It is unconstitutional for the government to force anyone to advertise a message that violates their beliefs." (twitter.com)
  • "I stand in solidarity with all those participating in @March_for_Life. It's so important to protect & be a voice for the unborn #WhyWeMarch" (twitter.com)
  • "We are not done yet. We know that when hardworking Americans -- not Washington -- are in charge of spending their own money, our economy grows and families are better off. We are committed to delivering an additional 10 percent tax cut to middle-class workers across the country. And we intend to take swift action on this legislation at the start of the 116th Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act will bolster our recent trend of economic growth, put more take-home pay back in the pockets of hardworking Americans, and restore opportunity for a generation of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "We will never be able to reach a balanced budget unless we deal with this area in red, what is called mandatory spending, the entitlement programs. There is no way to fix this problem without dealing with those." (votesmart.org)
  • "As hard as we try, 2+2 won't equal 5. We need political courage to fix Social Security & make it work for the future" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by National Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington is spending at a historic rate, accumulating trillions in debt, and essentially robbing future generations. This out-of-control government spending puts our national security, economic competitiveness, and entitlement programs at risk. We cannot continue down this path." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Justice in Policing Act is just another attempt by House Democrats to overreach. This partisan bill was written without any Republican input. Democrats are once again politicizing and blocking an opportunity to create positive change." (twitter.com)
  • "The bill eliminates a police officers "qualified immunity." Qualified Immunity protects an officer from being sued for carrying out his job. It does not apply if he/she acts outside the law, or procedures. Removing this protection would make it impossible for a police officer to do her/his job. Can you imagine the lawsuits?!?" (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always been a proponent of ensuring our military has the resources they need to defend our country. It is unfair that our troops have faced uncertainty due to Congress's multiple short-term spending solutions. However, the budget deal is fiscally irresponsible, resulting in trillion dollar deficits in each of the next two years. I could not in good conscience vote for a bill that busts through the spending caps that Congress agreed to in 2011.This bill will place insurmountable debt on generations to come, and my constituents deserve better." (votesmart.org)
  • "It is as low as it has been since President Barack Obama has been in office because of the sequester spending. Defense spending has been cut to the bone. It is below levels that the Pentagon is telling us are necessary to maintain our readiness in this troubled world. Now, there is always waste, and there is always further room to cut. The point of all that is, with these things having been whittled as low as they have, it is very obvious that we will not be able to handle our budget problems." (votesmart.org)
  • "We, as a Congress, must continue to provide for our military so they have the resources to protect us, both at home and abroad." (votesmart.org)
  • "I applaud the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) for submitting an application for the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Federal Grant program to receive funding for I-73. I led a letter to Secretary Chao with Senator Graham and Senator Scott in support of their application. The INFRA Grant program provides federal dollars for infrastructure projects that will achieve the Administration's goal of driving the economy through infrastructure investment, especially in rural areas. I-73 is a perfect fit. It will traverse three of the poorest counties in South Carolina- Marion, Marlboro, and Dillon- providing unprecedented opportunity for those who have felt left behind. I am grateful that SCDOT recognizes the importance of I-73 to not only the Seventh District, but the entire state and I will keep working at every level until this road is built." (votesmart.org)
  • "I-73 will bring the jobs and opportunity needed to make our district competitive." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Two-thirds of Americans believe their children won't have the same opportunities that they've had, and it's up to Congress to do something. This new pro-growth plan advances serious tax reform that will create a fairer system for families and allow American businesses to compete with the rest of the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "If we retain the world's highest corporate tax rate, how can we expect to compete in the world? If Washington continues to spend more than we take in, threatening our entire economy, how can we expect to compete in the world? If we continue to build upon our already oppressive regulatory burden, how can we expect to compete in the world?" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The CARES Act provides: direct cash payments to Americans grants and loans for small businesses relief to healthcare professionals While this bill is not perfect, it provides relief to those who need it and helps revitalize the economy!" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Local communities and educators know best, not Washington bureaucrats, and I'll work with local teachers and administrators to advocate for a high-quality education for all students in the 7th District." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Once again the President has acted through executive fiat to implement his cap-and-trade agenda," said Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC). "This attempt to boost his second-term legacy will eliminate American jobs and drive up energy costs nationwide. Once implemented, South Carolinians will see sizable increases in their electricity bills. It is imperative that Congress considers my Stop This Overreaching Presidency (STOP) Resolution so we can stop this Administration's continued power grabs." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We believe that the proposed draft regulation that your Agency published on Monday, June 2, 2014, entitled "Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" seekd to achieve exactly what the United States Senate rejected. More importantly, we believe that the authority to limit carbon emissions, even if that were actually a necessity, rests in neither the Constitution nor the Clean Air Act but in the true free market of individual choices made by the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rest assured, I will defend our rights granted by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Rather than a government takeover of the industry, we must open up the markets and allow for increased competition to bring down prices--this can be done by allowing insurance to be purchased across state lines." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 14% by American Public Health Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 89% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "The border wall will help stop the flow of illegal immigration that is hurting the economy and endangering communities across the country." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rest assured, I will continue to fight the President's executive amnesty and protect the rights of all American citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 89% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the House passed legislation that prohibits funding for the President's unconstitutional immigration actions, urges the federal government to put the interests of legal immigrants ahead of illegal immigrants, and ensures that sex offenders and domestic violence perpetrators are priorities for deportation. We are a nation of immigrants and welcome anyone willing to come here legally, but breaking our laws and ignoring the Constitution will not be tolerated." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We are hopeful your two-track strategy will convince Iran to change course and abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons. None of us desires military conflict, but as you yourself have acknowledged, we must keep all options on the table to prevent this dangerous regime from acquiring nuclear weapons." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Iran Deal was flawed from the start- it failed to curb Iran nuclear ambitions and enriched the regime's ability to fund terrorist proxy groups, falling far short of its primary goal of preventing nuclear weapon development in Iran. Together with our allies, we must ensure the regime's destabilization efforts no longer go unchecked, and that Iran never has a path to a nuclear weapon. I applaud President Trump for standing up against Iran and for the American people by withdrawing from this bad deal, and I look forward to working with this Administration to hold Iran accountable for their unacceptable actions." (votesmart.org)
  • "Finally, we must continue to fight the Global War on Terror that is being waged against the United States and our allies." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "I applaud the Mexican Senate for their overwhelming vote to ratify the USMCA. Despite the naysayers, President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer did an excellent job securing an agreement that will level the playing field for American workers and expand market access for our farmers while holding Mexico accountable to improve their labor standards." (votesmart.org)
  • "We had productive conversations that demonstrated bipartisan support for maintaining NAFTA while modernizing parts of the agreement that will make America more competitive. It is imperative that the final agreement provides certainty for American farmers, manufacturers, consumers, and businesses that participate in our trade economy. This weekend's meetings were a positive step forward in the NAFTA negotiations and I am confident we will reach a solution that aligns with our trade priorities and builds on the past successes of NAFTA to foster continued economic growth." (votesmart.org)

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