Doug Collins in Survey of 2020 Senate campaign websites


On Abortion: Has cosponsored numerous bills to champion life

I have cosponsored numerous bills to champion life. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act makes the Hyde Amendment permanent, ensuring that taxpayer dollars cannot be used to fund abortion. The Sanctity of Human Life Act reaffirms our constitutional right to life, stating that each human life begins with fertilization. The Defund Planned Parenthood Act would prohibit federal funds from flowing to Planned Parenthood unless the organization certifies that it will not perform elective abortions or provide funds to other organizations to do so. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would make abortion after 20 weeks illegal. The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act would impose criminal penalties on anyone who performs an abortion knowing that an individual is seeking the abortion based on the sex, gender, color, or race of the child or the race of a parent.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Budget & Economy: Requiring balanced budget necessary, commonsense step

It's time to make fundamental improvements to our federal budgeting process. A constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget is a good way to accomplish this, and I have co-sponsored a bill to send such an amendment to the states to ratify. Requiring Congress to pass a balanced budget--rather than sink Americans deeper into national debt with each fiscal year--remains a necessary and commonsense step toward strengthening our economy and global position for future generations.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Civil Rights: Military chaplains should be deemed "essential" workers

As a pastor and a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, I understand that the First Amendment guards the personal exercise of faith. During the government shutdown, executive branch officials announced that they considered military chaplains non- essential workers. I introduced a resolution to make clear that chaplains who had been furloughed should be able to continue serving our military. Both the House and the Senate passed this resolution affirming military chaplains as essential employees.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Crime: Supports conservative criminal justice reform

States like Georgia and Texas have paved the way for conservative criminal justice reform, which can save money and improve lives. I introduced the Prison Reform and Redemption Act to create a federal prison-wide system for evaluating the risk of every individual prisoner for reoffending and then offering evidence-based resources--like mental health care, vocational skills, substance abuse treatment, and faith-based programs--that make them less likely to reoffend when they are released.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Education: Remove "rigid" federal requirements for schools

Too often, the federal government takes an ineffective, top-down approach to education. I supported the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to move education in the right direction by removing many of the federal government's rigid, one-size-fits-all requirements. Importantly, ESSA specifically stated that the federal government could not use funds to coerce or incentivize states to adopt Common Core. ESSA returned educational authority to states by allowing school districts to develop their own accountability formulas and implement tailored plans for underperforming schools.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Foreign Policy: Israel is a critical ally, strong friend

Israel is a critical ally and a strong friend to the United States. Intelligence sharing between our nations has been a crucial part of the War on Terror and has saved countless lives. As the only democracy in a volatile region, Israel has a military strength that remains vital to protecting representative government, free speech, human rights, and freedom of religion. I support policies that strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship and have actively worked to that end.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Foreign Policy: Favors targeted sanctions on Russia

In 2017 and with my support, the House passed and the president signed the Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act, which imposes sanctions on certain Russian activities impacting cyber security, crude oil projects, financial institutions, corruption, human rights abuses, evasion of previously enacted sanctions, transactions with Russian defense or intelligence agencies, export pipelines, privatization of state-owned assets by government officials, and arms transfers to Syria
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Government Reform: Rein in government overreach to stay competitive

Keeping our agricultural industry competitive means reining in government overreach. I advocated tirelessly to overturn the Waters of the United States Rule. I've also worked on legislation to reform the Endangered Species Act. I have advocated to the Department of Agriculture to review the use of increased line speeds in poultry processing facilities, to help the U.S. remain competitive in a global market in which some countries have outpaced our production speeds.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Government Reform: Check executive agencies trying to write laws

In recent years, federal bureaucracy has made over-regulation the norm. Hardworking Americans across the country suffer under the growing burden of misguided red tape. Bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. often don't know what works in the real world or understand the impacts their rules have. Congress needs to enact permanent reforms to the regulatory process to check executive agencies that have tried to write law in violation of the separation of powers laid out in the Constitution.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Gun Control: Concealed carry permits should work across state lines

I have cosponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Law abiding citizens have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and that right shouldn't end at state borders. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would ensure that individuals who lawfully obtain concealed carry permits in their home states can exercise their Second Amendment rights when visiting other states.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Health Care: Repeal ACA; focus on reducing drug prices

I have voted more than 50 times to repeal the ACA. One of the ways I'm working to reduce medical costs and improve care is by addressing the pharmacy middlemen that drive up prescription drug costs. I introduced the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act to promote transparency in drug pricing. I also have supported the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Drug Spending Act, to shine light on anti-competitive practices and reduce prescription drug prices for Americans.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Health Care: Supported increased accountability for VA

Far too many veterans have been mistreated by the VA through mismanagement and employee misconduct. I voted for the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act when it passed the House in 2017. This legislation was signed into law and will improve VA services by instituting accountability reforms to ensure our veterans are receiving the high-quality care they deserve and to better protect the many VA employees who are doing their jobs properly.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Immigration: Enhance security, no tax dollars to sanctuary cities

I have also worked alongside members of the Judiciary Committee to advance interior enforcement legislation such as the Davis-Oliver State and Local Law Enforcement Act. This legislation enhances national security measures and promotes better cooperation among state, local, and federal officials. It strengthens existing immigration statutes and prevents federal dollars from flowing to sanctuary cities that ignore the law and put Americans at risk.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Immigration: Crack down on sanctuary cities & criminal aliens

I have shepherded legislation to the House floor that would check criminal aliens and sanctuary cities. Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act passed the House with my help in 2017. Kate's Law would enhance penalties for criminal aliens who re-enter America illegally. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act would crack down on sanctuary cities by denying them certain federal funds while enabling local law enforcement to work with federal immigration officials more effectively.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Social Security: Social Security fund exhausted by 2037 without reform

According to the non-partisan Medicare Board of Trustees, the Medicare program as currently structured will only remain solvent until 2024, and the Social Security Administration projects that funds for Social Security benefits will be exhausted by 2037. Without meaningful reform, these programs will lead to higher taxes on American workers and job-creators, fewer retiree benefits, or both.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Tax Reform: Prohibit Earned Income Tax Credit for "illegal aliens"

I introduced the Tax Credit Accountability Act to prohibit illegal aliens from receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for years in which they file taxes or when they retroactively file taxes. This practice is unjust and unacceptable. It penalizes hardworking Americans and workers who reside in the U.S. legally, and my legislation would stop the practice decisively.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On Technology: Work to expand broadband access in rural areas

To date, government efforts to support broadband expansion have seen limited success, and grant programs intended to fuel broadband expansion in rural areas have been routinely awarded to service providers that fail to make necessary investments in infrastructure. As long as some internet providers accept federal dollars yet underserve their areas, Congress should exercise oversight. I continue to hold carriers accountable and work to expand broadband access at local and federal levels.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On War & Peace: Continued sanctions against Iran are crucial to security

I believe that continued sanctions against Iran are crucial to promoting security and stability in the Middle East. Iran's continued disregard for its regional neighbors, threats towards Israel, and open hostility to Americans demonstrates that the Iranian regime should receive no leeway to further develop its nuclear programs and must be carefully monitored. The short-sighted Iran Deal placed the safety of Americans and our allies at risk.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

On War & Peace: Advocated for sanctions against North Korea

The North Korean regime remains a destabilizing force. Its leadership has committed human rights abuse after abuse and pursues nuclear weapon development with aggression and abandon. The government has launched numerous test missiles and wrongly imprisoned several foreign citizens, including Americans. I have advocated for numerous pieces of legislation aimed at further sanctioning the country in response to its belligerence.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov Nov 15, 2019

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