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James Comer, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 1, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (KY) - District 1

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James Comer, 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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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "Every life matters in God's eyes and in mine. I believe that life begins at conception and that government and our society has a duty to protect the lives of the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "For the first time in more than three decades, Washington is poised to enact meaningful tax reform that puts more money back in the pockets of American families and businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our national debt is the single biggest challenge that faces our great country, and, surely, we can make it a bipartisan movement to cut unnecessary and wasteful spending while still funding our most important priorities of Social Security, Medicare, and our national defense." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our national debt is the single biggest challenge that faces our great country, and, surely, we can make it a bipartisan movement to cut unnecessary and wasteful spending while still funding our most important priorities of Social Security, Medicare, and our national defense." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We fully support your commitment to increase funding for our military to reverse a mounting readiness crisis and to deter serious and complex threats around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "The American people can feel safe and secure, knowing that our military is protecting them and that their Representatives in Congress, like myself, are ready to provide whatever funding is needed to support the development and deployment of missile defense technology, both now and in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • "Infrastructure is a key component to economic development because it not only allows businesses to get their product or service to market, it provides a means for employees to get to work." (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that we can create an environment with public-private partnerships where we can make that investment to help revive rural America and help to create jobs in rural America to keep our best and brightest in rural America." (votesmart.org)
  • "Reliable, high-speed broadband should not be a luxury. It is a critical infrastructure item that should be afforded to all Americans, including those in rural areas. An investment in rural America is a positive investment for all of America." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "In conjunction with these important provisions, the new tax law will also lower tax rates on American businesses to help grow jobs, increase wages and promote economic growth here at home. Until recently, the United States had nearly the highest corporate tax rate in the world, making U.S. businesses uncompetitive, stunting economic growth and sending jobs and profits overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "Curriculum control is better placed at the local level and we should be giving teachers the freedom to teach rather than holding them back with nationalized standards dictated from Washington, DC." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "It's far past time that Washington stopped picking winners and losers and stopped seeking to eliminate an entire way of life." (votesmart.org)
  • "After the new power plant rule, Obama's EPA turned their war on coal onto existing power plants. The existing power plant rule under the Clean Air Act requires unachievable regulations and as a result, it will shut down coal-fired electricity plants around the nation, jeopardizing affordable energy and reliability. While President Obama will not be in office in the 115th Congress, we need a representative in Washington that can challenge these regulations to ensure Kentucky's coal industry is able to thrive again. I have the ability to work with the other representatives and stakeholders to challenge these regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only do we need to challenge regulations related to the Clean Air Act, but also the red tape and regulations that are making it nearly impossible to simply mine coal." (votesmart.org)
  • "It is critically important that supporters of gun rights stay engaged and monitor proposals seeking to undo the constitutional right to gun ownership. Likewise, I will continue working diligently with the Trump Administration and fellow members of Congress to uphold the rights of law-abiding citizens in Kentucky and across the nation." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am unwavering in my support of our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. During my time in the Kentucky General Assembly, I voted unfailingly to support gun rights and protect the 2nd Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with a health care bill that ends Washington's failed one-size-fits-all approach to health care, which has left Americans paying more every year for fewer options and with less access to care." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am opposed to amnesty, sanctuary cities, and believe the best solution to our immigration problem is to build a wall to protect our borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am opposed to amnesty, sanctuary cities, and believe the best solution to our immigration problem is to build a wall to protect our borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "This is a critical step forward, but make no mistake: the nuclear advancements that North Korea has been allowed to achieve in recent years pose a very serious threat to our Nation, our allies, and the international community overall. That is why we must stand firm now and be prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect our national security and that of our allies, including military action." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud that Congress is doing its part to support the Trump administration's efforts to counter the North Korean threat, including passing sanctions legislation that was enacted into law in August; and the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act, which passed the House yesterday." (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump has made it clear to North Korea that denuclearization is the only path forward, and he has successfully mobilized the international community to impose strong sanctions that will help deprive the Kim regime of the resources it needs to continue its rush to nuclear weapons." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "The USMCA will improve trade with our counterparts to the north and south so we can remain competitive and grow our economy. Above all, we must ensure our farmers, producers and manufacturers are able to flourish, that bad actors are held accountable on the world trade stage, and that the integrity of American innovation remains the best in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "USMCA is a win for the United States, and Congress must act now to ratify it." (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 a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
No b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
No c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
No d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yes e) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yes f) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yes g) Should an ultrasound be required prior to an abortion?
No h) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yes i) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
j) Other or expanded principles

1) State SpendingIndicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category- you can use a number more than once.2) State TaxesIndicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category- you can use a number more than once.3) Budget StabilizationIndicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Kentucky's budget.

Maintain Status a) Education (higher)
Maintain Status b) Education (K-12)
Maintain Status c) Environment
Maintain Status d) Health care
Maintain Status e) Law enforcement
Greatly Increase f) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decrease g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Status b) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decrease c) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status d) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Status e) Property taxes
Maintain Status f) Sales taxes
Slightly Decrease g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decrease h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decrease i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories
No a) Tapping into Kentucky's "rainy day" fund
Yes b) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
No c) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yes d) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Yes e) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yes f) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?

Yes a) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Kentucky governors?
Yes b) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Kentucky state legislators?
Yes 1) Individual
Yes 2) Political Action Committee
Yes 3) Corporate
Yes 4) Political Party
Yes d) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yes e) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes b) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
No c) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Yes d) Should minors accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as adults?
Yes e) Should minors who send sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yes f) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
No b) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
No c) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yes d) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
e) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
No f) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
No g) Do you support capping interest rates and fees on payday loans?
No h) Do you support permitting video lottery terminals at horse racing tracks?
i) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support national education standards?
Yes b) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
No c) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
No d) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yes e) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
No f) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Kentucky high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yes b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yes c) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yes d) Do you support state funding for improvements to Kentucky's energy infrastructure?
No e) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
No f) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
No b) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yes c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
No d) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yes b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yes c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
No d) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yes e) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
No f) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Kentucky?
No g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
No h) Do you support Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation programs?
i) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
No b) Should Kentucky allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
No c) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
No d) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
No e) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
No f) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
No g) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

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