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Scott Perry's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (PA) - District 10


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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • "We stand in solidarity with those marching and are determined to defend the sanctity of human life." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Rated 100% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "Sponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to balance the budget within 10 years, rein in spending and right-size the federal government without raising taxes" (
  • "This bill helps us keep more of what we earn -- especially for working families and small businesses - and modernizes our Code to help American companies compete abroad, create jobs here at home and help bring back companies from overseas -- that's why I supported this bill," (
  • "Social Security and Medicare are benefits earned by Senior Citizens during their lifetimes. We must keep our promise to our Seniors, and I’ve tirelessly supported preserving and protecting our Medicare and Social Security." (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • Signed Letter to Administrator Verma: "We write to express strong bipartisan support for the Medicare Advantage program, which 40 percent of eligible Medicare beneficiaries, more than 22 million people, choose to enroll in.[1] We appreciate your ongoing commitment to preserving and strengthening the Medicare Advantage program for current and future Medicare beneficiaries. As the Administration considers updates to the program for plan year 2021, we urge you to ensure that the Medicare Advantage program will continue to offer affordable, high-quality, patient-centered coverage options for the diverse populations the program serves, including beneficiaries with End Stage Renal Disease who for the first time will be able to choose a Medicare Advantage plan." (
  • Voted against HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • "I'm proud to co-sponsor the #JUSTICEAct, to increase police transparency, accountability, and training." (
  • "While no proposal is perfect and we can always look for ways to reduce waste, fraud and abuse, this plan is a step in the right direction. We'll start with rebuilding our military after decades of degradation and war. I'm glad to be part of the process that ensures our men and women in uniform have access to the resources they need to complete our missions," (
  • "Perry was reticent to support another CR without additional assurances from House Leadership on strengthening defense spending. "We're a Nation at war and have been for 17 years. Our military is depleted and we can't continue to ask our men and women in uniform to risk their lives without the resources they need to get the job done. We've already seen the lasting impacts of Washington's dysfunction: funding for future readiness was cut by more than 70% over the last decade; only 5 of the Army's 58 Brigade Combat Teams stand ready; less than half of the Navy's aircraft can fly due to maintenance and parts issues; and the Air Force is now the smallest it's ever been. We can't continue to run our Country this way and we must put a -long-term spending plan in place," (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • "One of the core functions of government is to maintain a safe, secure and efficient transportation infrastructure system to support interstate commerce and strengthen America’s competitive edge in the global economy. I’ve continued to support bills to strengthen our roads, bridges, airports, sea ports and other infrastructure projects, all of which are critical to growing our economy and creating jobs." (
  • "Another barrier to a strong economy is over-regulation. Since being elected to Congress, I’ve continued the fight to block excessive government regulations that make it harder for small businesses to grow and plan for the future. Government regulations cost the average American family more than $15,000 each year. Thankfully, President Trump made this a priority in his Administration, and the positive impact of these changes on the economy are growing every day. Still, more needs to be done." (
  • "I spoke on the House Floor in opposition to H.R. 2 - a $1.5 trillion partisan infrastructure bill. It's time for the games to stop, and to work on a bipartisan bill that invests in our American infrastructure - which is beyond desperately needed." (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • Rated 100% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "Businesses also will see changes under the Plan. The Corporate Tax Rate will drop from 35% - the highest in the world - to 21%, putting the U.S. on more competitive footing." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "HEADS UP Pennsylvania business owners! There's still time to apply for relief through the Paycheck Protection Program. Congress passed and President Trump signed legislation that extends the application deadline to AUGUST 8." (
  • "Small business owners and their employees need relief now. The #PaycheckProtectionProgram funding has run out and Congress must act quickly to provide additional aid. Dem leadership must stop holding job creators and workers hostage for their partisan pet projects. ACT NOW!" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • "In May 2015, Scott sponsored an amendment to H.R. 2028, the FY 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations bill to remove government barriers to the development of hydropower. Hydropower is the largest source of clean, renewable energy in the U.S., creating thousands of jobs (including many in the 4th District) and providing power to millions of Americans at low cost. He led a bipartisan effort to restore $9 million in funding to the Water Power Program and offset that cost by reducing funding for administrative costs at the U.S. Department of Energy. That amendment passed the U.S. House." (
  • Voted against HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • "I support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes research and development of new, clean energy technologies while ensuring that America takes full advantage of our growing domestic energy resources." (
  • Rated 95% by Independent Petroleum Association of America. (
  • "If the U.S. government wants to pursue such a policy--one that is constitutionally suspect--it should be done through explicit congressional delegation of authority on a case-by-case basis, rather than delegated to nonelected EPA bureaucrats," said Perry. "The amendment's just part of rolling back the era of detrimental aggressive "big government" regulations and reestablishing local control of environmental standards for the benefit of our communities." (
  • "Madam Chair, this is an ideologically driven solution in search of a problem. The U.S. oil and gas system represents only 3\1/2\ percent of overall domestic greenhouse gas emissions. You ask yourself: If that is the case, if over 96 percent of the problem is elsewhere, why wouldn't we focus on that? It is ideological, that is why. The temperature impact of this emissions reduction is miniscule, at a mere .0047 degrees Celsius by the year 2100, and, of course, that is a model and that is predicted. No one really knows for sure. But we can know this for sure: it is miniscule. EPA's own research shows that combined oil and gas methane emissions have fallen 19 percent since 1990. During the same period, natural gas production has risen 52 percent and oil production has increased 28 percent. The cost of this unnecessary regulation will be $530 million per year by 2025, again, to get .0047 degrees Celsius by the year 2100. 322,000 Pennsylvanians' jobs are supported by the oil and gas industry, and we can't afford it." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • "The Second amendment is a Constitutional right guaranteed to all American citizens and I fully support it. Like all the rights granted to our citizens by the U.S. Constitution, we have to be extremely vigilant when anyone seeks to limit those freedoms and erode our civil liberties." (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • "While I accept that the Supreme Court deemed the law constitutional, I believe it went out of its way to do so defining the law as a tax as opposed to the original and appropriate argument. I do not believe the government has the constitutional right to force citizens to purchase healthcare coverage under penalty of fine/taxation. While I oppose it for constitutional and economic reasons, the correct method of redress is via legislation repealing it and replacing it with a patient centered, competitive market based approach that puts patients and practitioners in charge of individual health care choices." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Before the House departs for the upcoming district work period, we ask House Leadership to bring a bill to the floor that funds enhanced border security measures, including following through on a commitment made by President Trump: the construction of a border wall. We stand ready to roll up our sleeves and work -- through August if need be -- to get this done." (
  • Rated 100% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "The government has been shut down for the longest period in modern history. It is shut down over the topic of border security and whether to fund the construction of a border wall on points along our southern border." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (
  • "President Obama's unilateral Executive Order to establish the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was always unconstitutional. Today's decision restores the proper balance between the executive and legislative branches with regard immigration policy. Congress has abdicated its responsibility on this issue for far too long. President Trump's decision today should force us to finally develop the consensus necessary to reform our broken immigration system once and for all -- and honor our heritage as both a nation of immigrants and of law." (
  • Rated 100% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law." (
  • "The Iranian regime is unapologetically hostile toward the United States and our allies - clearly hell-bent on the destruction of Israel and the West, and continually acting with impunity on the world stage. Allowing this Agreement to continue only enables Iran's flagrant aggression - at the peril of our global security - which is why I applaud the President for eliminating it. The time for strategic appeasement is over. The Iran Deal was bad for America, the Iranian people and US interests." (
  • "invests in missile defense and nuclear deterrents" (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "We must stand up to North Korea's continued aggression. Kim Jong Un must be stopped from using nuclear weapons in the region or giving them to our enemies; this is critical to our security, that of our allies and for international stability," said Congressman Perry. "We need to use every tool at our disposal to protect our citizens from North Korea's threats. Each of these proposals is a step in the right direction," said Perry. " (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Co-authored an editorial stating: "Just last year, the full House supported, on a nonpartisan basis, repeal of the 2002 AUMF as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, but this provision was later stripped from the final text as the House and Senate conferred. The 2002 authorization -- as well as a lingering 1991 authorization -- should be removed from the books, lest either be used to justify further military engagement beyond what Congress intended. We also must foster an informed debate on a strategic alternative to the 2001 authorization. It granted the president authority to use force against those responsible for the attacks on 9/11, or those who harbored such organizations or people, yet it has been used to justify an array of military engagements against targets that, although perhaps worthy, were in some cases nonexistent or unimagined 19 years ago. We are committed to developing and debating a new approach that provides the executive branch with the latitude necessary to fight the ongoing transnational terrorist threat, while also ensuring that Congress takes responsibility, as the Constitution requires, for the decision to send men and women off to war. Our debates and votes must affirm that the decision to proceed with war-making resides in Congress. The declarations or authorizations we pass must have a clear scope and requirement of periodic congressional reconsideration to ensure the proper defense of our nation and prevent ill-defined forever wars." (
  • Voted against HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (
  • "I support @POTUS' decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We can negotiate better trade deals." (
  • "The USMCA is a win for the American worker. It is great to help out our neighbors around the globe, but our responsibility first is right here at home in our States, like the State of Pennsylvania where I am privileged to come from." (
  • "We need to show them that we will approve it; we do stand with the American people and the American worker. We need a better deal with China, too, and it starts with the USMCA." (
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?
I believe we should be a nation that supprts and protects the value of life on every level. I make exceptions for the life of the mother and incest and rape cases. I am supportive of community health centers for those less fortunate, however, I do not support using taxpayer funding for an organization that reports annually hundreds of millions in profit and who's primary mission is providing abortion.
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?
Defense spending requires constant oversight and adjustment tied to strategic goals to ensure efficiency. When considering a balanced budget, mandatory spending far and away eclipses Defense spending which amounts to half of all discretionary spending. We will not be able to afford the military or any other discretionary spending if we don't deal with mandatory spending as soon as possible. At some point in the near future mandatory spending will overtake discretionary spending completely. We mathematically cannot balance the budget even if we ended all defense spending.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
I support a transparent environment regarding campaign contributions from corporations and unions. The environment must also be fair and consistent for all participating. I don't believe the playing field is currently level and that the majority of cries for fairness and transparency favor one side.
Yes Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Yes Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Violent criminals are not innocent as are the unborn. As both a deterrent and justice for the family of the victims it is both appropriate and justified for the most violent criminals in our society. Incarceration for for substance abuse by non-violent offenders is not always optimal or effective and we should seek and implement alternative measures where appropriate. While there is some belief that mandatory minimums are incarcerating non-violent drug offenders unduely, more often, federal drug offenses are associated with violence and it is often appropriate to ensure public safety is maintained by ensuring violent offenders are incarcerated.
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Government spending in general is usually influenced at some point with the selfish desires of those who promote them or influence them. In the end, they usually distort the competitive market and are counterproductive to the economy and consumers. The government should endeavor to tax only as much as absolutely necessary and leave as much of earnings as possible with those who have earned it. This simple mindset ensures an entrepreneurial spirit that encourages individual risk/reward and robust economic growth based on the free market. I support lower taxes both for individuals and businesses wherever possible.
No Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
I am supportive of a federal education safety net for states or districts that fail to provide a successful education. Education was never meant to be handled at the federal level and has become too costly and politically motivated. Education is best handled at the local and state level where citizen input/management and competitive forces can have the greatest impact to ensure quality education at affordable tax rates can be ensured. The focus needs to remain on the education of the children and not on the special interests of federal regulators or profit centerd organizations.
Yes Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
No Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
No Do you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
The reality is that modern society is based on our utilization of energy. We have been misled in the past regarding energy shortages and we should be skeptical of those claims again. Technology and the competitive market have led to more efficient, more affordable and cleaner uses of fossil fuels - we should be happy to use them while continuing to pursue renewable energy sources at competitive market rates. We should not restrict ourselves regarding renewables but consider all, including hydroelectric and we should also consider the consequences of a strong economy based on advancements in dealing with foreign adversaries.
Yes Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Of course human activity contributes to climate change. The question is to what extent are we contributing and what can/should we do about it. We must base our policy on facts, not opinions or public pressure from international organizations or nations that do not have our best interests in mind. The science is not settled on this issue and there is justification to question some of the motives of the interest organizations/individuals that demand policy changes. We should pursue a policy based in fact and one that ensures the clean, responsible operation of industry and government, devoid of profiteering interests.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
We currently have numerous laws on the books regarding firearms and while they often restrict the law-abiding unduly, criminals using firearms are not dealt with adequately because the laws are not enforced with vigor. In too many cases, the social narrative does not comport with the facts. Less than 1% of firearms are purchased at gun shows while 77% of criminals get their guns on the street. Some seek to ban so called "assault rifles" in response to sensational mass shooting incidents, meanwhile, they account for less than 2% of weapons crimes overall.
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
While I accept that the Supreme Court deemed the law constitutional, I believe it went out of its way to do so defining the law as a tax as opposed to the original and appropriate argument. I do not believe the government has the constitutional right to force citizens to purchase healthcare coverage under penalty of fine/taxation. While I oppose it for constitutional and economic reasons, the correct method of redress is via legislation repealing it and replacing it with a patient centered, competitive market based approach that puts patients and practitioners in charge of individual health care choices.
Yes Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Immigrants who thwarted the law and entered the United States without permission or came lawfully and chose to overstay their visa have violated the law. While some advocate for an open border and wish to ignore or do away with this law, I believe it is harmful to our nation and its legitimate citizens. A nation which does not control its borders cannot protect its sovereignty or the economic and physical security of its citizens. the first priority must be to control our borders and to reform an archaic immigration system that encourages lawbreaking, discourages lawfulness and is ineffective.
No Do you support same-sex marriage?
I support marriage as originally defined. I support equal rights for all individuals and couples under the law without discrimination whatsoever. The government has no business determining who or what love is and should not endeavor to infringe on the rights of individuals based on faith or relationship in this regard.
Yes Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
Yes Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Because of the policy failures over the last 8 years that have created unprecedented instability, mass refugee flows and spread radical Islamist terrorism worldwide, I believe America must ensure its interests of security and commerce are protected. I advocate for the creation and administration of regional safe zones to manage refugee flows and the spread of terrorism while diplomatic and military solutions with like minded allies are employed to promote and establish security in the region. Nuclear threats are of such import that America cannot wait and hope. We must ensure our enemies cannot use the capability to strike us.
Yes Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
The social security system we have paid for is going bankrupt. Based on the current path, in approximately 15 years or less the SS trust fund will be completely out of money and that portion of income those who paid in are relying on for retirement will be gone. We must consider all viable options sooner than later to ensure the solvency of the system so that we will be able to honor the promise that was made to each ciitizen who has lawfully paid into the system over the course of their lifetime.

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.

Maintain Status a) Agriculture
Greatly Decrease b) Arts
Slightly Increase c) Defense
Greatly Decrease d) Education
Greatly Decrease e) Environment
Maintain Status f) Homeland Security
Maintain Status g) International aid
Slightly Increase h) Medical Research
Slightly Decrease i) Scientific Research
Slightly Decrease j) Space exploration
Greatly Decrease k) United Nations
Greatly Decrease l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Slightly Decrease a) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decrease b) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decrease c) Small business taxes
Maintain Status d) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Status e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Status f) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decrease g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decrease h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decrease i) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminate j) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decrease k) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Passage and ratification of the balanced budget amendment. Spending way beyond our means for an extended period of time has not only created a chronic economic crisis, but has negative national security implications. Immigration enforcement and reform - we must control our borders and have an updated and agile policy that support America's economic, security, cultural and compassionate priorities and needs. Entitlement reform - Social Security, Medicare, Medicade and other off-budget programs are going bankrupt and are bankrupting our nation. They must be reformed as soon as possible to ensure we honor our obligations and remain a prosperous nation.

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