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Bobby Scott's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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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.

  • "The so-called "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act' that passed the House today, with only Republican votes, is deeply irresponsible. By passing this bill, the Majority has voted to add $1.5 trillion in new deficits. This legislation cuts tax rates for billionaires and corporations and leaves working families stuck with the bill. When the tooth fairy doesn't pay for these tax cuts, they will start cutting Medicare, Medicaid, social security, veteran services, educational resources, and other vital services for working families." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Scott is adamantly opposed to cutting Social Security to balance the budget or offset the cost of tax cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "The For The People Act is a historic legislative package to help reform our democracy. H.R. 1 will help restore political power to the people by strengthening ethics laws, ending the culture of corruption in Washington and reducing the role of dark, unaccountable money in politics." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "The bill has many important provisions -- it bans choke holds, ends no-knock warrants in drug cases and prohibits racial profiling; it creates national standards for policing policies, such as training, body cameras and use of deadly force; it provides for data collection; and it removes barriers that make it difficult to hold police officers accountable for misconduct. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this bill as quickly as possible, and to begin the next step in the process: investing in our communities." (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump's plans to cut taxes and increase defense spending violate fundamental principles of arithmetic. While his proposal for increased defense spending and eliminating the sequester for the Department of Defense would certainly benefit parts of the Hampton Roads economy, the draconian spending cuts required to offset these increases would negatively impact thousands of hard working Virginia families and disrupt other areas of our region's economy. And his tax plan would largely benefit the wealthiest Americans and explode our deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • "I welcome the President's call for increased shipbuilding, but I remain very concerned about how he intends to pay for it. So far, all I've heard is that he intends to cut taxes, raise defense spending, and propose draconian cuts to non-defense discretionary spending. That means deep cuts to programs that support education, rebuild our infrastructure, ensure clean air and water, and protect workplace safety and public health. I hope that in the next days and weeks the President and his administration will provide more concrete details on his proposals." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "As the House and Senate work to finalize a long term surface transportation conference report, we urge you to support the higher funding levels needed to strengthen our surface transportation infrastructure and improve our competitiveness." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The so-called "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act' that passed the House today, with only Republican votes, is deeply irresponsible. By passing this bill, the Majority has voted to add $1.5 trillion in new deficits. This legislation cuts tax rates for billionaires and corporations and leaves working families stuck with the bill. When the tooth fairy doesn't pay for these tax cuts, they will start cutting Medicare, Medicaid, social security, veteran services, educational resources, and other vital services for working families." (votesmart.org)
  • "The CARES Act will provide immediate relief to students, workers, and families across the country. But this is only a down payment on the support that our communities will need in the weeks and months ahead. Unfortunately, the CARES Act omitted key provisions that must be part of the next response package. We must strengthen safety protections for front line health care workers, expand paid sick leave and family and medical leave for tens of millions of workers, and provide relief to cash-strapped student borrowers." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "I think we need to say a few things about Common Core. It is not a national or a Federal initiative. It is State led. States develop the Common Core standards through the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. The U.S. Department of Education did not participate in that. The administration does not coerce States into adopting Common Core. In fact, States have received waivers under NCLB and have not adopted Common Core, like my home State of Virginia." (votesmart.org)
  • "Strong Start offers an innovative approach to help states fill the gap for high-quality early learning programs. Early investments in education are not only good for our children and families, it's also good for the future of our nation's economy." (votesmart.org)
  • "Scott has co-sponsored legislation in the House of Representatives that would promote investment in renewable energy, as well as legislation that incentivizes energy efficiency." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Thank you for your leadership in responding to the serious challenge of climate change. We applaud and support your Climate Action Plan, the joint announcement with China establishing ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, and the national commitment to the Green Climate Fund. These actions are critical to protect Americans from the most dangerous effects of climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 91% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • "While work remains to ensure that Virginia remains resilient in the face of climate change and its effects, I am confident that the commonsense limits on carbon pollution announced today will spur innovation and ensure that the United States is a world leader in taking action to deal with the realities of climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am honored to serve another term as a vice chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Since the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, this task force has been working tirelessly to find legislative solutions to reduce gun violence and sadly our work is still very much needed." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (votesmart.org)
  • "Those trying to repeal the law should be honest to seniors about what would happen to their free preventive care in the absence of the Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Furthermore, the President's continued call to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act only jeopardizes health care for millions of Americans. Tonight, the President again promised that he wants to expand choice, increase access, and lower costs. Unfortunately, to this date, the President and Congressional Republicans have not proposed any legislation that would protect the 20 million Americans who gained insurance coverage through the ACA or the estimated 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions who now enjoy critical consumer protections." (votesmart.org)
  • "People no longer need to fear being denied insurance because of preexisting conditions, or being charged more simply because they are a woman. The Affordable Care Act is working, plain and simple." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "And it also provides enhanced unemployment compensation and paid family and medical leave so that workers can take time off to care for themselves and their loved ones without losing their jobs. By passing this legislation, we protect the health and financial security of millions of students, workers, and families." (votesmart.org)
  • "The CARES Act will provide immediate relief to students, workers, and families across the country. But this is only a down payment on the support that our communities will need in the weeks and months ahead. Unfortunately, the CARES Act omitted key provisions that must be part of the next response package. We must strengthen safety protections for front line health care workers, expand paid sick leave and family and medical leave for tens of millions of workers, and provide relief to cash-strapped student borrowers." (votesmart.org)
  • "The most effective way to help the American people through this public health crisis is to provide direct, immediate, and prolonged financial relief. The Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act will give students, workers, and families the support they need and provides substantial funding to hospitals that will help save hundreds of thousands of lives." (votesmart.org)
  • "The President failed to convince Congress to fund his expensive, ineffective and diplomatically obnoxious wall." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 1% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H J Res 46 - Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 1% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am deeply disappointed President Trump is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In 2012, we asked undocumented immigrants who were brought here at a young age, through no fault of their own, to step out of the shadows and undergo robust background checks in exchange for work authorization and temporary relief from deportation. We promised them an opportunity to legally contribute to their communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed letter stating: "Ultimately, you set the government's immigration policy, including your Administration's position in regards to DACA. We urge you to respond to Texas's threat to your executive authority by directing the Attorney General to use all legal options to defend DACA and ensure that nearly one million DREAMers continue to contribute to our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "And even war is not a meaningful strategy unless we intend to occupy Iran indefinitely." (votesmart.org)
  • "Just voted to approve the #IranNuclearDeal. However imperfect, it's the best chance to prevent a nuclear armed Iran" (twitter.com)
  • "However imperfect this agreement may be, the fact remains that this agreement gives the United States and our allies a much better chance to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon than no agreement at all." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "And even war is not a meaningful strategy unless we intend to occupy Iran indefinitely." (votesmart.org)
  • "As the President clearly stated last night, there is no American military solution to the crisis in Iraq and the only lasting solution is reconciliation among Iraqi communities and a stronger, stable Iraqi government." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We support your restraint to date in resisting the calls for a "quick" and "easy" military intervention, and for your commitment not to send combat troops back to Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • "As I did last week, I again opposed Trade Promotion Authority because it lacks sufficient safeguards to ensure that labor standards, environmental standards, and consumer protections are respected in partner countries and here at home. I remain concerned that the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- the multi-nation trade deal currently being negotiated by the President and the impetus for today's vote -- is not the best course of action for our economy and America's middle class." (votesmart.org)
  • "The devastating impact of NAFTA on American workers demonstrates the importance of including strong and enforceable labor protections in trade agreements." (votesmart.org)

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