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Gary Palmer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (AL) - District 6

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  • Voted against HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "I supported H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which would create a moratorium on any funding for Planned Parenthood, as well as H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which provides greater protection for infants that survive the abortion procedure." (palmerforalabama.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 8% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "And if that weren't enough, the top-down control that Medicare For All seeks to enact would lead to longer wait times for lower quality care. This plan is not healthcare." (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 0% by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "In addition to allowing millions of improper voter registrations, the Democrats are also putting in place a provision to give millions of dollars to the reelection campaigns of incumbent members of Congress at a match rate of $6 for every dollar raised, for a match of up to $7.2 million per incumbent member." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • ""I opposed this bill because it would result in more crime and fewer people willing to serve in law enforcement.," Palmer said. "The Democrat bill lowers the standard for mens rea and virtually eliminates qualified immunity for officers, meaning that an officer could potentially go to prison for breaking the law unintentionally. Few people want to serve in a job in which they are attacked, underpaid, and overworked, and even fewer want to serve in one in which they could be charged as a criminal besides. At the end of the day, more crime and fewer law enforcement officers to ensure our safety would be the results of this bill." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats said they wanted to work with Republicans on police reform, but today they passed a bill that was introduced with no Republican input. It would also make police departments ineffective at best & outright abolish them at worst. Full statement: (palmer.house.gov)
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "The budget provides the Department of Defense robust funding to be used for troop training, equipment, and improved readiness in the wake of unprecedented national security threats. The Department of Homeland Security will also be fully funded allowing us to protect our borders and keep America safe from outside threats. While there are more steps and additions necessary to improve this budget and our country's fiscal health, we have taken the first step to building a better America and a better economy for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • "I supported the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 (NDAA), and look forward to working with President Trump to put a focus on a strong military, which is essential to the success of our nation. It is vital that we fund our military so that our national security is not at risk." (votesmart.org)
  • ""It is critical that we continue to fund and strengthen our military, especially at this crucial time when China in particular is an ever-growing threat," Palmer said. "This legislation is substantially different from the bill that passed in the House earlier this year. It will aid instead of bring harm to our troops, and it provides needed stability for our military. There is obviously still room for some reforms, such as maintaining instead of eliminating the Chief Management Officer position and evading budget caps through OCO, but these aspects are insufficient to warrant opposition."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "At the federal level, I support cutting the corporate income tax rate, allowing businesses to expense capital purchases in the year they are made, cutting individual rates, cutting the capital gains tax, eliminating the double taxation of dividends, repealing the Death Tax and eventually adopting a Fair Tax." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 91% by National Taxpayers Union. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 133 "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • ""This bill includes additional COVID-19 relief funding, which includes additional Payroll Protection Program (PPP) dollars, vaccine development and distribution funding, and deductibility for businesses that utilized the first rounds of PPP loans," Palmer said. "It also contains provisions based on legislation that I introduced, including allowing families with unused funds in Flexible Spending Accounts to carry over those funds to 2021 instead of losing them at the end of 2020, requiring states to set more stringent safeguards against fraudulent unemployment claims, and extending the length of time for states to utilize the funding they received in the CARES Act that was set to expire on December 30th." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Critical Race Theory is divisive, dangerous, and infiltrating important institutions. But the news of endorsement of CRT by the nation's largest teachers' union was met with Democrat *applause* in the @HouseCommerce markup today:" (twitter.com)
  • "#SchoolChoice lets parents decide which school best meets their children's needs. No child should be deprived of the best education because of their zip code, and parents have the right to advocate for their child's education. #NationalSchoolChoiceWeek" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Parents across our country are speaking up for the safety and education of their children, but House Democrats want to hide it. I stand with these brave parents. We must call out and reject divisive ideologies like CRT and gender theory that are infiltrating our nation's schools." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrat legislation on renewable energy sources would force inordinate expenses on taxpayers & could allow the federal government to grant private stakeholders eminent domain authority to build transmission lines. Watch, from our @HouseCommerce hearing:" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 96% by Independent Petroleum Association of America. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "No" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • " I have focused on reigning in the EPA. I introduced HR 3880, The Stopping EPA Overreach Act, which would prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, an authority Congress never intended for the EPA to have. A coalition of organizations have written favor of the legislation." (palmerforalabama.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I do not support any additional federal restrictions, and I support the repeal of unconstitutional restrictions imposed by some states and municipalities." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "It is unreasonable to think that eliminating the rights of law abiding citizens will do anything stop gun violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • ""Today the House took the first step toward dismantling Obamacare," said Palmer. "Over the past 6 years, we have been forced to deal with this unaffordable mandate misnamed the Affordable Care Act. Too many people, including many of my constituents, lost insurance and doctors they liked. Healthcare premiums skyrocketed, deductibles soared, and healthcare options became limited. Now we have an opportunity to provide real healthcare solutions that put the people back in charge of their healthcare decisions."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "Yes" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants. I signed the FAIR Congressional Task Force’s No-Amnesty pledge to "oppose legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens." The first steps to any reform of America’s immigration system will have to be securing our borders and enforcing current immigration law." (palmerforalabama.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The Iran deal is not a deal, it's a capitulation. I do not trust Iran to abide by any agreement that seriously hampers its nuclear ambitions, and the inspections plan is far too lax to ensure Iran does not violate the agreement. Even assuming the agreement is adhered to perfectly, it will only delay Iran from developing the capability to make a nuclear weapon a few years." (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3898 "Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S J Res 68 " A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "President @realDonaldTrump has just announced another momentous peace deal in the Middle East. Sudan is following the UAE & Bahrain in normalizing relations w/ Israel, a historic move that will hopefully have great impact on future stability in the region." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "I was honored to be at the White House today as President Trump signed the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement into law! It is anticipated to provide thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in economic growth. #USMCA #USMCAWin" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "While I understand President Trump’s desire to protect U.S. businesses, I believe the new proposed broad-based tariffs could roll back much of the progress manufacturing has made and increase product costs. Tariffs, like taxes, are ultimately borne by American consumers." (twitter.com)
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
Pro-life Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Given that individual contributions must be disclosed, I support full disclosure of the source of contributions.
Yes Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Not at the federal level, states can make their own decisions. At the federal level, I support cutting the corporate income tax rate, allowing businesses to expense capital purchases in the year they are made, cutting individual rates, cutting the capital gains tax, eliminating the double taxation of dividends, repealing the Death Tax and eventually adopting a Fair Tax.
No Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Yes Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
Yes Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
No Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
No Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
I do not support any additional federal restrictions, and I support the repeal of unconstitutional restrictions imposed by some states and municipalities.
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Yes Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
No Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yes Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Yes Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?

SpendingIndicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.TaxesIndicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
Greatly Decrease a) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decrease b) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Status d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Status e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decrease f) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decrease g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decrease h) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminate i) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Status j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
In view of the chaotic situation in the Middle East and elsewhere, I believe we need to make sure Defense is adequately funded. In regard to the other categories, I am evaluating all spending and basing it on priorities which will lead to spending cuts across the board.
1) Economic Growth: open up federal lands to access our vast energy resources. 2) Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act 3) Rein in the EPA and initiate broad regulatory reform

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