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Gary Palmer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 6, Republican Minority Policy Committee Chair

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

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Gary Palmer has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 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 2020.

  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" (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 Alliance for Retired Americans. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Brooks helps maintain robust funding for defense generally and missile defense programs". (brooks.house.gov)
  • "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)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (justfacts.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)
  • "While I strongly support the increased funding for our military, I could not in good conscience vote for the Omnibus that costs almost $1.3 trillion." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (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)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Alabama should follow the lead of other states and back away from Common Core and develop our own high standards. We need innovation and entrepreneurship in education, not a national, top down solution. We need choice and local control -- not mediocre national standards or federal bureaucrats imposing national standards." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% 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 in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • "Obamacare must be repealed and replaced with a national health care policy that allows people to buy the health insurance they want and need and that allows market competition between health insurance providers that will result in more choices for plans and at lower costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by American Public Health Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (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)
  • 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)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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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