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Sam Graves' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MO) - District 6, Republican


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Sam Graves has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

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  • "With the arrival of each of my children, I became more convinced that those of us who are pro-life are on the right side of the issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a co-sponsor of the Fair Tax Act, which would eliminate our burdensome tax code by repealing the individual income tax, the corporate income tax, capital gains taxes, all payroll taxes, the self-employment tax, and the estate and gift taxes, in lieu of a 23 percent tax on the final sale of all goods and services." (graves.house.gov)
  • "That is why I am a co-sponsor and consistent supporter of the Fair-Tax, which would replace the current progressive income tax with a national sales tax. The benefit of the Fair-Tax is that it taxes most individuals at a lower rate than the income tax. It also only taxes the goods and services you purchase, encourages saving, and produces similar revenue to the current code, just in a much simpler manner." (votesmart.org)
  • "That’s why I was proud to vote for one of the most critical pieces of tax reform legislation in a generation which President Trump signed into law. Our tax cuts package cut taxes for almost everyone, doubled the standard deduction, and increased the child tax credit, strengthening the middle class and helping build a stronger America. Now, most folks can fill out their taxes on a postcard-sized document." (www.gravesforcongress.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Washington’s problem is not that it taxes too little; it’s that it spends too much. Congress, just like every family in America, must learn to budget properly and live within its means. Therefore, I will continue to push for fiscal discipline and work to rein in Washington’s out of control spending. I have always supported a balanced budget amendment and have authored conservative reforms to limit waste and abuse of food stamp and disability programs that would save our country billions of dollars a year." (www.gravesforcongress.com)
  • "What Washington should be doing is cutting taxes and limiting harmful regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • "Though initially promoted as state-based education standards, Common Core is nothing of the sort. The standards take away local control and put some private and home schoolers at a disadvantage. The truth is that there is little Congress can do to provide relief because states opted-in to the standards." (graves.house.gov)
  • "Instead of holding children and schools to arbitrary benchmarks of performance, we should instead measure how each student in a school improves from year to year and reward those schools that help their students make substantial gains in performance." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must increase our production of all other types of renewable energy and maintain high levels of domestic energy production." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have long said we need an all-of-the-above strategy towards energy. Coal is a part of the solution, along with natural gas, renewable fuels, nuclear, conservation and increased oil exploration." (votesmart.org)
  • "The current administration has said they want to make building a coal plant so expensive that it will bankrupt the company. Recently, President Obama and the EPA announced that they will seek to force a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions on coal power plants by 2030." (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 93% by National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • "This president has taken unprecedented actions to restrict our second amendment rights, which is why I introduced legislation to restrict all funding for Obama's executive orders that target and reduce our second amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (votesmart.org)
  • "At the end of the day, this is yet another reason why the ill-conceived and unworkable law must be repealed. If President Obama and Democrats in Congress were serious about keeping their promise to the American people, they would join with us to address these issues immediately." (graves.house.gov)
  • "Today's ruling confirms what we already knew - the Obama Administration did not have the authority to hand out subsidies that people need to pay for Obamacare's expensive premiums. This law is a disaster now just like it was a disaster 6 years ago, and we need to start over with something that can survive without gimmicks or illegal government handouts." (votesmart.org)
  • "Securing our border means building the wall. It's not just campaign rhetoric. There are many places along our southern border that absolutely require it. There is just no way to safely and regularly patrol some of those areas and a physical barrier is a proven solution." (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama himself acknowledged that he did not have the power to grant amnesty to entire groups of illegal immigrants before announcing DACA in 2012. I'm glad to see President Trump make the decision to end DACA today, to stop amnesty and restore the rule of law to our nation's immigration system. Congress writes laws, not the President, and I look forward to helping shape a bill that addresses the problems caused by executive amnesty and illegal immigration in the coming months." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (votesmart.org)
  • "Graves said he strongly opposed legislation proposing that the U.S. government refrain from enforcing its own drug laws in states where growing hemp or marijuana is legal." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "A strong commitment to eliminating any and all threats that ISIS poses to the United States, its allies, or a shift away from the conflict." (votesmart.org)

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