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George Holding's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 2, Republican

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George Holding has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 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 2018.

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress should act this year to reform our tax code; make it flatter, fairer and more efficient; and make it easier for honest taxpayers to pay their taxes without fear of future persecution." (votesmart.org)
  • "Even as Obama spends the nation to oblivion, he is trying to make the case that taxing the wealthy will solve the country's budget crisis. Even Nancy Pelosi is breaking with the president, saying the Bush tax cuts should be extended to those making up to $1 million, instead of Obama's $250,000. When you've lost Pelosi, you've lost the argument." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating: "I will [...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses" (votesmart.org)
  • "The solution to America's problem is not in cutting #defense, it's about cutting #entitlements!" (twitter.com)
  • "If we don't work to cut spending immediately and take steps to pay down the debt, the United States will struggle to continue to be the land of opportunity." (georgeholdingforcongress.com)
  • "I ran for Congress to ‘Cut, Cut, Cut Spending.’ This morning’s budget vote was politics as usual — spending more money we don’t have. I voted against it." (twitter.com)
  • "The House voted to reform our tax system this afternoon. Cutting taxes will grow our economy and ensure the United States is on a level playing field with the rest of the world." (twitter.com)
  • "As it's written our personal and corporate tax codes do far too much to pick winners and losers, and far too little to reward hard work and entrepreneurship." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our tax code is also anti-growth and anti-entrepreneurship. At 35%, we have the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, and that harms our ability to compete with other countries." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "Our local school districts are the best stewards of local tax dollars and giving them the flexibility to spend those dollars as they see fit will benefit our students more than Washington's unfunded mandates." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our goal is to become energy independent. But, right now, the federal government is standing in the way of producing more domestic energy. Instead, Washington should be marching in the opposite direction -- it should be encouraging more energy production right here at home. If we produce more energy gas prices will fall, we will become less reliant on energy sources from hostile nations, and that will boost almost every part of our economy by creating jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Extending the wind PTC is a key priority for the Obama Administration and its efforts to prop up wind and other favored "green energy" technologies. Under President Obama, federal subsidies for wind have grown from $476 million per year when he first took office to $4.98 billion per year today. According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, a one-year extension of the wind PTC would cost American taxpayers over $13.35 billion. Proponents of the wind PTC continue to call for an extension despite growing evidence that this subsidy has not only cost taxpayers billions, but has caused significant price distortions in wholesale electricity markets. The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) has expanded the value of the Wind PTC over the years so that today it is worth 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour produced. The Senate-passed tax extenders package included an extension of the PTC which was inserted into the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Treasury has interpreted the Senate modification expansively and issued guidance that if a wind project developer merely places a 5% deposit on a project initiated in 2013, it will have at least until 2015 and possibly 2016 to place the project in service and obtain the PTC. This means that a wind project that "begins construction" in 2013 could receive subsidies until 2026. By ending this program now we will have given the wind industry a more than generous phase-out for a credit that is being awarded to a mature technology with over 61,100 megawatts of generation installed across the country and 13,400 megawatts under development in 21 states. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, over 43% of all electric generation nameplate capacity additions in 2012 were from wind, overtaking natural-gas fired generation as the leading source of new power generation. This increase in wind development is occurring despite flat demand for power leading to a strain on the electric grid and threatening reliability due to the dramatic increase in an intermittent power resource as a share of the market. Growth in wind energy is not driven by market demand, but instead by a combination of state mandates and a federal tax credit that is now more valuable than the actual market price of the electricity these plants generate. According to recent articles and reports, these very same market distortions that are driving wind energy expansion have also led to higher electricity costs for American families. In a May 4th Wall Street Journal article Warren Buffett went as far as to state that 'on wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That's the only reason to build them. They don't make sense without the tax credit.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 806 "Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H. Amdt 585 "Prohibits the Social Cost of Carbon from Being Included in Agency Determinations" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 38 "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017" (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in the right to keep and bear arms. The 2nd Amendment is written in plain English." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 45 "Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] ObamaCare must be repealed, reformed, or delayed." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017" (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "The President's most recent amnesty actions send a resounding message to wishful immigrants that our Nation may have immigration laws, but that it is just not important that they are respected. Simply put, this is wrong […]" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform (votesmart.org)
  • "By granting amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants, this administration has crossed the line from any justifiable use of its executive authority to a failure to faithfully execute the laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H. Amdt 136 "Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy (votesmart.org)
  • "We live in an era when rogue nations are state-sponsors of terrorism and new threats are emerging from all corners of the globe -- so it's just common sense to have a military that can overcome any threat we face, whether the threat comes from terrorism or from a rogue nation with nuclear ambitions like Iran or North Korea." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no doubt about the true wickedness of ISIS in both Iraq and Syria. Their twisted views and thirst for blood have spread instability in the Middle East, leaving a wake of destruction. The United States, along with our partners, has struggled to beat back ISIS' advances, and the adoption of this resolution would effectively end our operations against ISIS, thus creating a direct threat to our national security and our interests." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Paris attacks highlighted that ISIL is not contained and still poses a grave threat to Western Democracies." (votesmart.org)
  • "We live in an era when rogue nations are state-sponsors of terrorism and new threats are emerging from all corners of the globe -- so it's just common sense to have a military that can overcome any threat we face, whether the threat comes from terrorism or from a rogue nation with nuclear ambitions like Iran or North Korea." (votesmart.org)

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