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Joe Wilson, Sr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

  • U.S. House (SC) - District 2, Republican


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  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R. 36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "I've always been a steadfast advocate for pro-life values & legislation. I'll continue fighting to protect all life. " (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Susan B. Anthony List. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Forty years ago today, our nation's highest Court delivered a grave decision that weakened the immeasurable value of human life and forever changed our culture. Since 1973, over 50 million unborn children have been denied the unalienable right to life. Today, I pay tribute to these innocent lives and pledge my support to protect every human life, those born and unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • "Raising taxes destroys jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • "The #TaxCutsandJobsAct promotes more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks." (twitter.com)
  • "Together, we can make the tax code simpler and fairer, allow hardworking taxpayers to keep more of the money they earn and give small businesses more room to grow and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating, "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses" (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Grateful to cosponsor the companion bill in the House to @SenatorTimScott 's #JUSTICEAct. This is the most significant police reform in 25 years and offers real solutions so our law enforcement officers are better prepared to protect and care for the communities they serve." (twitter.com)
  • "I am grateful to be a co-sponsor of the House companion bill to the JUSTICE Act. The JUSTICE Act includes meaningful reforms to law enforcement that will allow for more training, transparency, and accountability, and will lead to real reforms in the system because it will enable communities and police departments to better work together." (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "It is our Constitutional duty to provide for the common defense and we should not be reducing spending by placing half of the cuts on the back of the Department of Defense when defense spending only represents 15.1 percent of the budget." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must ensure that there is no interruption or restriction of funding for American troops in combat zones." (votesmart.org)
  • "Spending our hard-earned taxpayer dollars on unnecessary programs and increasing government involvement in our everyday lives will not lead to economy recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am grateful to our President for his plan to continue promoting safe and legal immigration, rebuilding America's infrastructure, working closely with our global partners, defending Israel, lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, and providing our military with the resources needed to be successful in defending our nation, among many other things." (votesmart.org)
  • "It is sad to me that throughout his two terms, the President has never proposed a budget that balances. The President's record $4.1 trillion budget grows our national debt and passes the buck to our children and grandchildren. We need meaningful reforms that will create jobs and support national defense--not new taxes which would increase the gas tax by 24 cents a gallon." (votesmart.org)
  • "Reduce corporate taxes to compete with Europe and Japan" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "During a time when our nation is facing an unprecedented crisis, I am grateful to join President Donald Trump in supporting the CARES Act to provide American families recovery from the coronavirus." (twitter.com)
  • "Today, I spoke on the House Floor in favor of the CARES Act. I am grateful to stand by President Trump in support of this Act to help American families recover from the coronavirus pandemic." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "My bill returns control of education to states by stopping fed gov’t from coercing states into adopting #CommonCore" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Under the comprehensive strategy I support, we can use the revenues and royalties from on-shore and off-shore oil and natural gas exploration to help fund our nation's investment in new, alternative, and renewable energy resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • "Private-public partnerships are critical for innovation and development of new technologies to address the needs of America's energy industry," said Rep. Wilson. "I am grateful to partner with Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Senators Chris Coons and Lindsey Graham to support The IMPACT for Energy Act to create an avenue for private investment and federal assistance for energy expansion." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 2% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "More importantly, we believe that the authority to limit carbon emissions, even if that were actually a necessity, resits in neither the Constitution nor the Clean Air Act but in the true free market of individual choices made by the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency has once again attempted to circumvent Congress by proposing burdensome carbon regulations on our country's energy producers. Members of the House of Representatives have made it clear that they do not support these regulations. In fact, the House has passed legislation specifically limiting the EPA's ability to regulate or invoke these penalties." (votesmart.org)
  • we must look to diversify if we are going to solve our nation's energy crisis. Innovative research and development of bio-mass as well as other proven forms of energy such as nuclear power can help diversify our energy portfolio." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "The President's legacy of more gun control would not have stopped any of the mass attacks that have saddened our nation. The President should change course and work with Congress to enact meaningful change by reforming mental health and stopping terrorists from attacking American families--not restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners." (votesmart.org)
  • "The President's legacy of more gun control would not have stopped any of the mass attacks that have saddened our nation. The President should change course and work with Congress to enact meaningful change by reforming mental health and stopping terrorists from attacking American families--not restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners." (votesmart.org)
  • "The lengthy list of implemented ObamaCare delays confirms the President knows his signature health care law is unworkable and destroys jobs. Changing the law without congressional approval also shows the President wants to conceal the true consequences of this failed law until after the midterm elections in November." (votesmart.org)
  • ".@HouseGOP made a promise to #repealandreplace Obamacare, and we are doing just that with the American Health Care Act." (twitter.com)
  • "Today, House Republicans took an important step forward in upholding our promise to provide a path forward from the failed Obamacare policies. It is important to be clear--today's vote is the first step to replace the unworkable Obamacare which is causing skyrocketing costs while delaying and denying needed services. We're putting together a plan that provides a smooth transition to better health care, while still providing a safety net." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" (votesmart.org)
  • "While there were positive aspects of this legislation, the mandate requiring employers to provide paid leave without prompt reimbursement is a significant concern due to the unfair burden it would place on small business owners who are already facing significant financial challenges due to this pandemic." (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted against HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our country is facing a national security crisis at the southern border. Today's attempt to stop funding for a border wall shows that Democrats are more concerned with putting politics over the safety of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "There are many in Congress, to include myself, who are not in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's ruling by the Supreme Court is a victory for the Constitution. By declaring the President's plan to provide amnesty to illegal aliens unconstitutional and void, we have protected the separation of powers and defended the American people from overreaching executive action." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "We know Obamacare is unsustainable. I am committed to repealing this broken healthcare law, building a safety net for people in need, not allowing them to depend on what has proven to be a big-government failure. We should focus on replacing Obamacare with House Budget Chairman Tom Price's legislation that would repeal Obamacare, improve health care, and protect jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "At the same time, the United States should not make the same mistakes that befell the negotiators of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. We must not isolate negotiations on North Korea's nuclear program from efforts to advocate on behalf of the human rights of the North Korean people. Sanctions in place on North Korea as a result of the country's glaring human rights record must stay in place regardless of any potential progress on the nuclear front. Now that North Korea is at the table, after hurting from a painful regime of international sanctions, the United States must use its leverage to urge the Kim regime to respect the human rights of its own people." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am grateful for the courageous leadership of President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton for reversing the failed policies of the previous administration and withdrawing from the dangerous Iran nuclear deal." (votesmart.org)
  • "This most recent ballistic missile test from North Korea is a clear provocation and demonstrates the regime's intent to continue its aggression towards the American families and our allies of South Korea and Japan. I am grateful that Congress put a strong, comprehensive sanctions package on the President's desk this week that targets Pyongyang. I also look forward to working with the President to explore other methods for putting pressure on this rogue regime to promote peace through strength." (votesmart.org)
  • "The decision to abandon our Kurdish allies in Syria – who fought bravely on the front lines against ISIS – is disappointing. Ceding territory in northeastern Syria to Turkey, Iran, and Russia will only set the stage for continued destabilization and an eventual resurgence of ISIS" (twitter.com)
  • "As long as the #Assad regime remains intact, the United States must have its presence known in #Syria. We cannot turn a blind eye to the violence; we cannot ignore the war crimes. In Congress, our Caucus continues to advocate for a #FreeSyria." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "We must win in Afghanistan abroad to destroy safe havens of terrorism which would again attack American families at home." (votesmart.org)
  • "This updated trade agreement supports the U.S. auto industry and reduces burdensome regulations on exports to South Korea. I look forward to the continued expansion of this mutually beneficial relationship." (votesmart.org)
  • "President Donald Trump successfully negotiated an updated trade agreement to replace the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement, proving once again his commitment to Promises Made, Promises Kept. The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement represents a win for American farmers and workers, and it will create more jobs across the country." (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?
100% pro-life record in the US Congress and SC Senate
Yes Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
No Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.In order to balance the budget,

No do you support reducing defense spending?
No do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
No do you support reducing Medicare spending?
Yes Is balancing the budget a legislative priority?
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
I do support full reporting
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 providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
No Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
No Do you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
No Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
No Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
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?
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
No Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in 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 allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Yes Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
No Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yes Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Yes Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran 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.

Greatly Decrease a) Agriculture
Greatly Decrease b) Arts
Slightly Increase c) Defense
Slightly Decrease d) Education
Greatly Decrease e) Environment
Maintain Status f) Homeland Security
Maintain Status g) International aid
Maintain Status h) Medical Research
Slightly Decrease i) Scientific Research
Slightly Decrease j) Space exploration
Eliminate k) United Nations
Slightly Decrease l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Eliminate a) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decrease b) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decrease c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Decrease d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decrease e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminate f) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decrease g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decrease h) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminate i) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Status j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
We must maintain a strong national defense and protect American families by defeating the terrorists overseas. It is also critically important that we strive for energy independence by embracing an "all of the above" energy plan. Finally, Congress should repeal and replace the job-killing healthcare takeover with sensible health insurance reform.

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