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GT Thompson, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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GT Thompson, Jr. 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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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.

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Life" (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "For those who are younger and not close to retirement, we must realize that the Social Security Trust Fund becomes insolvent in 2038 and the Medicare Hospital Fund by 2024. This means these programs will be taking in fewer contributions than then benefits they are obligated to pay out and as a result, levels of care and benefits would be reduced. This is unacceptable. In Congress I will continue to work with both Democrats and Republicans to ensure that Social Security and Medicare are preserved for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "In contrast, H.R. 1384 and related Medicare-for-All proposals give Americans fewer choices, higher costs, and one-size-fits-all mandated, government-run care. That is why we strongly oppose any proposal to establish a single-payer health care systemthat will undermine private coverage and put additional financial burdens on taxpayers, workers, and families." (votesmart.org)
  • "Now US $18 trillion national debt. We can address this via real reforms + innovation to save #Medicare & #SocialSecurity." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "For far too long, our forces have been asked to do too much with too little," Rep. Thompson said. "The defense authorization provides our armed services with the resources they need to respond to a diverse range of national security threats. It also gives our troops a well-deserved raise, continues to restore our forces to full strength, and ensures that our military is equipped to confront the next generation of threats and challenges. As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day 2018, I am proud to support this bill which improves military agility, effectiveness, and ensures the United States remains the greatest force for peace in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Understanding a veto threat, this legislation will never be signed into law, yet undercuts military readiness and contains unnecessary riders weakening border security," said Rep. Thompson. "Regrettably, I could not in good faith vote for a bill that weakens our defense capabilities, ignores the needs of men and women who faithfully serve in our armed forces, and impairs security at our southern border." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "The Paycheck Protection Program & Health Care Enhancement Act: -Critical relief & resources for hospitals -Investments to expand testing -Additional $350 billion for small businesses As of 10:30am today, PPP is available again." (twitter.com)
  • "PPP has provided critical assistance during #COVID19 to small business owners, a pillar of America’s economy. With a few revisions, small businesses can thrive once more. I, along with @RepDean, pleaded for tech improvements to PPP alongside PA delegation colleagues." (twitter.com)
  • Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "Investment in Research - America has always been known for our innovation and discovery. Our search for the next energy source must be resolute. However, we must avoid adopting inefficient alternatives that require heavy government subsidies to be commercially viable." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "This overwhelmingly bipartisan agreement will levy new sanctions upon Iran and North Korea, aiming to prevent the two countries from furthering their nuclear weapons programs." (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2015, I voiced my concerns that removing economic sanctions would only have the effect of rewarding Iran and emboldening the regime to continue as the leading state sponsor of terrorism." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "We should seek a strong deal to ensure that the current regime is never able to obtain a nuclear weapon." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "America's overseas combat operations are extremely important to our national security. I am the proud father of an Army Infantryman who was wounded in combat during his 2008 tour in Iraq. After being elected, I was fortunate to travel to Iraq and Afghanistan, to further learn from the experiences of these brave men and women. From this fact finding mission, I believe that it remains critical that Congress continue to adequately provide resources for our troops serving in harm's way." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, this coming Sunday marks the 26th anniversary of the House of Representatives passing the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. This agreement with our two closest trading partners, Canada and Mexico, has become outdated as time has passed, markets have diversified, and economies have flourished. We are in desperate need of updating NAFTA to meet modern-day economic demands." (votesmart.org)
  • "The signing of USMCA into law will also signal to other major trade partners, like China and Japan, that we are serious about these kinds of deals and we are committed to a bright future for American exports." (votesmart.org)
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 an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
While it is my belief that government cannot create sustainable private sector jobs, it can create an environment where job creation and economic growth will flourish.
Yes Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
The federal government should use a �light touch� when it comes to regulating the states, which should be the laboratories of innovation.
No Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
There are existing standards that have improved air quality. These standards should be upheld, but not expanded.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
I support the enforcement of our existing gun laws.
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yes Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
Yes Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
No Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Yes Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
No Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
The case should always be made to Congress for a prolonged military intervention, which will require a clear set of achievable goals in order to gain my vote.
Modernizing career and technical education, providing pathways to opportunity and greater success for all individuals. Incorporating comprehensive regulatory reforms to ensure that regulations make sense and are attainable for those industries, sectors and individuals that are being governed. This can go along way to improve the quality of life for everyone in the country, from schools, to hospitals, to roads & bridges and the way the federal government operates.

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