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David Jolly's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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David Jolly 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.

  • "I believe life begins at conception and that we should encourage a culture that values life – from the unborn, to the young child abandoned by their parents, to the senior residing alone in a nursing facility." (
  • Rated 21% by Planned Parenthood (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, David Jolly, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Florida, and to the American people that I will: 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." (
  • "In order to maintain and grow our local industries, as well as bring in new job creators to Florida’s 13th Congressional District, we must foster a business and employer friendly regulatory environment, reduce government-backed red tape and lower taxes, so employers and businesses are equipped with necessary tools to generate opportunities for our workforce." (
  • "I have also supported legislation that would make it easier for law enforcement to end the distribution of highly addictive synthetic drugs, which are extremely dangerous and have resulted in a spike in emergency room visits and overdose deaths in Florida and across the nation." (
  • "The greatest threat to our national security is our own government's continued deficit spending that, if left unchecked, will one day undermine our nation's status as the world's superpower." (
  • "Fostering greater individual and personal freedoms, prosperity, job creation and economic growth while working to reduce government spending and balancing our nation’s budget will all work to get us there. But, we must enact these changes now to ensure we continue to be a global, financial superpower and that we do not continue to pass on the burden of extreme debt to our future generations." (
  • "To build and maintain a strong infrastructure network, we must find commonsense funding alternatives to raising taxes. One proposal I have supported would give states greater control over raising and allocating infrastructure funding by cutting the existing federal gas tax and replacing it with state-based fuel taxes to ensure that more of the revenue generated in Florida stays in Florida." (
  • Voted in favor H.R.37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" (
  • "In order to maintain and grow our local industries, as well as bring in new job creators to Florida’s 13th Congressional District, we must foster a business and employer friendly regulatory environment, reduce government-backed red tape and lower taxes, so employers and businesses are equipped with necessary tools to generate opportunities for our workforce." (
  • "Last year, I worked with my colleagues to end funding for federal Race to the Top grants, which require participating states to adopt the Common Core standards as a condition for receiving federal funding. And this year, I strongly supported the reforms included in the House-passed Every Student Succeeds Act, which restructured the federal government's role in our education system that was put in place by No Child Left Behind. This bill places power back in the hands of states and local school boards, allowing teachers and parents, not the federal government, to determine how best to meet students' needs." (
  • "The bill we pass today […] Prohibits any funding for the president's Race to the Top Education program, better known throughout the country as Common Core." (
  • Saint Peters Blog "It’s time we enact this. […] It’s important we get Keystone done." (
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" (
  • "We can achieve energy independence without expanding drilling to the eastern Gulf of Mexico." (
  • "EPA issues can be divisive – we know that – but they need not be. […] This is not a moment for 'Washington knows best,' because Washington does not know best in this case." (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (
  • "I support the constitutional right to keep and bear arms." (
  • "There is no question that our nation’s health care system is in desperate need of reform. The consequences of the Affordable Care Act have devastated Pinellas and American families, individuals and businesses – driving up premium prices, canceling policies, reducing worker hours, and placing increased costs on small businesses that can no longer afford them." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "We need to secure our borders. To discuss comprehensive immigration reform while we continue to have a porous border where more people can continue to enter our country illegally ultimately ignores the very basic principle that people in our country illegally should not be given special treatment over those who have been patiently waiting in their country of origin to enter our country legally." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
  • Rated 11% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • The Hill "I believe in traditional marriage […] Accordingly, I believe it is fully appropriate for a state to recognize both traditional marriage as well as same-sex marriage, and therefore I support the recent decision by a Monroe County Circuit Judge." (
  • "Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) has co-sponsored legislation, H.R. 5416, to give the President the authorization he needs for expanded air strikes against the radical group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as well as legislation, H.J. Res. 123, to create a clear path forward by repealing the outdated 2002 Authorization of Military Force and requiring the President to present a plan to Congress on U.S. strategy to fully confront the threat of ISIS." (
  • "we need to dramatically enhance our military operations overseas by deploying U.S. special operators. It's critical that we fight, defeat, and destroy our enemy on their soil before they come to ours." (
  • PoliFact "[…] everything should be on the table, including private accounts in which workers make their own investment decisions, as well as the important role of Social Security as a safety net." (
  • "Both Social Security and Medicare are in need of reform, but the federal government needs to keep its promise to seniors who have already made a financial life plan based on Medicare and Social Security benefits, which they should expect, based on decades of contributions to both programs." (
  • Rated 33% by Alliance for Retired Americans (

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