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Rep. Charlie Bass (R) (incumbent, lost 2012 election)
Experience: U.S. Rep. 1995-2007, 2011-present
Committees: Energy and Commerce
Residence: Peterborough
Family: Married, 2 children
Education: Dartmouth College
Official Website: http://bass.house.gov/
 

Position On The Issues

Economy, Budget & Taxes:

• Does not think the U.S. economy needs more stimulus money.
• Does not support tax increases for corporations, individuals earning more than $250,000, individual earned income.
• Does not support increase for Interest and Dividends tax or Capital Gains tax.
• Wants to see the U.S. pursue addition free trade agreements
• Wants to pressure China to revalue their currency.
• Believes the president should have a line item veto.
• Supports a balanced budget amendment.
• Does not want to increase the age for social security
• Against reducing healthcare reimbursement rates.
• Against reducing the benefits and pay for federal employees
• Against enacting the Employee Free Choice Act.

National Security & Foreign Policy:

• Against illegal immigrants having a path to legal status.
• Supports sending illegal immigrants to their home country.
• Does not believe immigration should be left solely to the federal government
• Against going beyond economic sanctions on Iran to slow its nuclear development.
• Against trying suspected terrorists in civilian courts.
• Opposes putting extra pressure on Israel to stop settlements in the occupied territories.
• Opposes pressuring Israel to recognize Palestine as a state and signing a peace treaty with Palestine.
• Against profiling to enhance national security.
• Against reducing our commitment in Afghanistan and states:

“we should change the mission. Establishing and maintaining a western style representative democracy is not realistic; we should strengthen our intelligence gathering capability to the point where we have the capacity to identify terrorist cells, then eliminate them by unconventional means.“

Healthcare:

• Believes individuals should be able to purchase health insurance across stateliness.
• Supports repeal of the healthcare bill
• Would like to see the healthcare bill amended to change some provisions and states:

“And replaced with a plan that will lessen, not increase government involvement, increase competition between health care insurers, provide for universal deductibility for health premiums, fund the community health care system, implement reasonable tort reform, allow for the sale of health care insurance policies sanctioned in any state in all states.”

• Supports revising the tort system to cap medical liability, cap punitive damages, eliminate contingent legal fees and adapt the loser pays principle for legal fees.

Bass states:
“I support tort law reform, we don't have punitive damages in NH, the loser pays principle should only apply to suits that go to trial and are determined by a judge to be frivolous in nature.”

Education:

• Supports amending the No Child Left Behind Act.

Energy & Environment:

• Against a federal carbon tax
• Does not support an offshore drilling ban
• Supports tax incentives for alternative fuels, such as wind and solar power.
• Supports tax incentives for development and/or the use of clean fuels from coal.
• Agrees with encouraging nuclear electric power generation through more timely permitting.

When asked if federal government enact a cap and trade law for carbon emissions Bass states:
“I oppose the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill or others that provide for taxation of carbon.”

When asked if oil drilling should be expanded into ANWR, offshore areas, etc. Bass states:
“Yes in offshore areas if properly managed and regulated, no in the Arctic National Wilderness.”

Social Issues:

• Does not believe federal government should play a role in gay marriage or abortion
• The NRA has given Bass an 'A' ratings for his stance on gun rights issues.

 

Interest Group Ratings:

• In 2010 the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund gave Bass a grade of A.
• In 2010 Gun Owners of America - Candidate Ratings gave Representative Bass a grade of B.
• In 2006 Citizens for Global Solutions gave Representative Bass a grade of C.
• In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Representative Bass a grade of C+.

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Voting Record:

  • Voted for HR 459: Federal Reserve Transparency Act - Proposes a reformed audit of the Federal Reserve System
  • Voted for S 968: PROTECT IP Act - Gives the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to "rogue websites dedicated to the sale of infringing or counterfeit goods", especially those registered outside the U.S.
  • Voted for HR 3261: Stop Online Piracy Act - Allows the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites outside U.S. jurisdiction accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement
  • Voted for HR 1116: Respect for Marriage Act - Repeals the Defense of Marriage Act and requires the federal government to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages
  • Voted for S 1549: American Jobs Act - Cuts payroll taxes, extends unemployment benefits, and encourages employment in small businesses.
  • Voted for HR 2: Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act - Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act
  • Voted for HR 358: Protect Life Act: Proposes several changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including banning the use of federal funds to cover any costs of any health care plan that covers abortions, and others.
  • Voted for HR 3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act: Would permanently prohibit the use of federal taxpayer money to fund abortion services.
  • Voted for HR 2560: Cut, Cap, and Balance Act: Cutts federal spending, imposes caps on future federal spending as percentages of GDP, and encourages a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution
  • Voted for HR 4348: Makes changes and reforms to federal transportation spending
  • Voted for HR 3606: Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act - Encourages funding of small businesses by easing various securities regulations
  • Voted for HR 1148: Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act
  • Voted for HR 347: Permits Secret Service agents to designate any place they wish as a place where free speech, association and petition of the government are prohibited
  • Voted for HR 3630: Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 - Extends unemployment benefits, payroll tax cuts, and more
  • Voted for HR 3078: United States-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
  • Voted for HR 3079: Panama-United States Trade Promotion Agreement
  • Voted for HR 3080: South Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement
  • Voted for HR 1249: Leahy-Smith America Invents Act - changing US patent issuance from "first to invent" to "first inventor to file"
  • Voted for S 365: Budget Control Act of 2011 - raising the debt ceiling and enacting budget cuts
  • Voted for HR 1231: Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act
  • Voted for HR 1214: To repeal mandatory funding for school-based health center construction
  • Voted for HR 1213: To repeal mandatory funding provided to States in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Voted for HR 1473: Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
  • Voted for HR 839: The HAMP Termination Act of 2011
  • Voted for HR 1076: To prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio
  • Voted for HR 514: Extending provisions of the PATRIOT Act
  • Voted for HR 359: Terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions

Sponsored Legislation:

  • Cosponsored H.R.1343 : A bill to return unused or reclaimed funds made available for broadband awards in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to the Treasury of the United States.
  • Cosponsored H.R.1591 : Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act of 2011
  • Cosponsored H.R.1756 : National Oilheat Research Alliance Reauthorization Act of 2011
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Contact Information

DC Office:
2350 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5206

NH Offices:
Concord
114 North Main Street, Suite 202
Concord, NH 03301
Littleton
32 Main St., Suite 110
Littleton, NH 03561
Nashua
221 Main St., Suite 201
Nashua, NH 03060

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Website: bass.house.gov

NH US House News

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March 5, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: NH officials tout success of ACA enrollment
Foster's Daily Democrat: Jeb Bush to visit Dover on March 13
Seacoast Online: NH residents worry about Obama health law tax subsidies

March 4, 2015
Union Leader: NH delegation stands with Israel
Concord Monitor: Supreme Court’s decision on King v. Burwell could have wide-reaching consequences in New Hampshire
Concord Monitor: Perry, King, Ehrlich, Pataki added to NHGOP leadership summit
Nashua Telegraph: Sen. Graham, Gov. Pataki on dais for 2015 PLUS Company Wild Irish Breakfast on March 17
NH1: NH congressional delegation reacts to Netanyahu speech

March 3, 2015
Union Leader: Lindsey Graham plans NH stops
Union Leader: Hassan, Shaheen attend Emily's List gala
WMUR: Homeland security shutdown would likely have impacts on NH
WMUR: Shaheen honored for helping at-risk youths
Concord Monitor: Ayotte, Shaheen call for House to take up ‘clean’ DHS funding bill
Concord Monitor: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman kicks off fundraiser for New Hampshire Legal Assistance
Concord Monitor: NH congressional delegation asks for more meetings on Kinder Morgan pipeline
Nashua Telegraph: NH elected officials want more public hearing on gas pipeline plan

March 1, 2015
Union Leader: Va.'s Gilmore: 'lifelong conservative, everyone knows it'
Union Leader: Potential candidates' comings and goings
Union Leader: Gregg: Obama has failed as leader at home, abroad

Feb. 28, 2015
Seacoast Online: Parents of slain NH journalist: Next 'Jihadi John' is on way
WMUR: Commitment 2016 Conversation with the Candidate: George Pataki
NH1: With everyone else at CPAC, Gilmore visits NH

Feb. 27, 2015
NHPR: Political ads look ahead to possible Hassan-Ayotte showdown
Union Leader: Senators call for reward in ISIS killings
Union Leader: Trump won't renew 'Apprentice' so that he might focus on a presidential run
Union Leader: Full Granite State delegation to hear Netanyahu's speech
WMUR: Trump says he may be serious about running for president this time
Concord Monitor: PolitiFact NH: Did Kuster flip-flop when voting for ‘CRomnibus’?
NH1: Sen. Kelly Ayotte not on the CPAC speaking list, NH Democrats notice
NH1: New details on Donald Trump's upcoming NH visit

Feb. 26, 2015

NHPR: Biden touts administration's record during NH visit
Seacoast Online: Biden checks off another 2016 early state in NH
Union Leader: In NH, Biden focuses on economy, middle class
Union Leader: Granite Status: Trump hires Lewandowski as presidential run eyed
Union Leader: Sen. Ayotte is pressing Pentagon for answer on Swanzey sailor's remains
WMUR: Donald Trump takes steps toward possible 2016 run
WMUR: Biden speaks on economy, college funding in NH visit
Concord Monitor: In Concord, Biden defends Obama’s policies, steers clear of his own presidential run
Eagle-Tribune: Ayotte backs bill to battle opiate problem
Nashua Telegraph: Biden touts economic success during NH visit
NH1: Vice President Joe Biden: How do his critics handle him in NH?

Feb. 25, 2015

Seacoast Online: Sen. Rubio: Education must get practical, focus on jobs
Union Leader: Rubio talks Medicare, job training, immigration at St. A's
Union Leader: Jeb Bush featured guest at Guinta fundraiser next month in Bedford
Union Leader: Ayotte: Reverse Obama's recent executive actions
WMUR: Vice President Joe Biden visits Granite State 
WMUR: Rubio discusses education, ISIS at Politics and Eggs event
Concord Monitor: Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich holds town hall at New England College
Foster's Daily Democrat: Ehrlich evaluates possible 2016 presidential run 
Nashua Telegraph: Rubio stumps in state, will make decision by spring
Nashua Telegraph: Ayotte supports new DHS change after court ruling
NH1: Rubio wraps up NH visit, blames Democrats for Homeland Security funding impasse

Feb. 24, 2015
NHPR: Granite State political donations increasingly crucial for 2016 hopefuls
NHPR: Slowdown in federal funding may leave NH with steep bill for roads
NHPR: Rubio tests waters, gets challenged on immigration in Hollis
Seacoast Online: Shaheen urges 'clean' bill to fund Homeland Security
WMUR: Marco Rubio speaks at community center in Hollis
WMUR: First-responders urge action on DHS funding
Concord Monitor: At Manchester book signing, Rubio greeted with questions, praise
Foster's Daily Democrat: US Sen. Rubio finishes 2-day swing through New Hampshire

Feb. 23, 2015
Seacoast Online: Shaheen will be in Hampton for law enforcement roundtable Monday
Seacoast Online: Vice president heads to Granite State
Seacoast Online: Ayotte, Shaheen promote national STEM efforts
Foster's Daily Democrat: Diplomats invited to observe 2016 New Hampshire primary
Foster's Daily Democrat: Florida Sen. Rubio to meet with New Hampshire voters

Feb. 22, 2015
Union Leader: Presidential hopefuls line up Granite State staff, plans
WMUR: UNH offering online course on presidential primary
Foster's Daily Democrat: As federal funding wanes, the state’s roads crumble 
Nashua Telegraph: NHGOP announces four speakers for summit

Feb. 21, 2015
NHPR: Federal health exchange will reopen due to big tax glitch
NHPR: John Bolton visits NH
WMUR: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio outlines upcoming NH visit
NH1: Potential GOP contender John Bolton says Obama asleep on American threats

Feb. 20, 2015
WMUR: Vice President Joe Biden to visit New Hampshire next week
Concord Monitor: Hassan to kick off three-day trip to D.C.
Concord Monitor: Bolton, Jindal, Fiorina, Paul slated to attend N.H. GOP summit
Eagle-Tribune: Rubio promotes book, campaign in NH visit
Foster's Daily Democrat: Governors jockey behind closed doors as 2016 looms
Foster's Daily Democrat: Biden heading to New Hampshire as he weighs 2016 bid
NH1: NH Republicans say college not a must to be president
NH1: Vice President Biden trip to NH sparks 2016 talk
NH1: Bob Ehrlich's busy swing through NH

Feb. 19. 2015
Union Leader: Presidential hopefuls line up Granite State staff, plans
Union Leader: Sen. Shaheen tells BIA divided government can be productive
WMUR: Poll: NH senators popular, representatives not
Foster's Daily Democrat: Affordable Care Act sign-ups near 53,000 in New Hampshire
Nashua Telegraph: Law enforcement backs Shaheen's efforts to fund DHS

Feb. 18, 2015
Union Leader: Kuster vows to fight for increase in federal heating assistance funds
Union Leader: Shaheen pans possible lapse in homeland security funding in NH visit
Keene Sentinel: Christie tells New Hampshire Republicans he is who he is
NH1: Scott Walker staffs up in NH for probable 2016 bid
NH1: Rep. Frank Guinta sees bipartisan common ground on Obamacare

Feb. 17, 2015
Union Leader: Christie, in NH: 'We need to demand the truth'
Union Leader: NH business owners impressed by Christie at Bedford roundtable event
WMUR: Christie makes 1st NH trip
WMUR: Poll: Presidential approval remains low
Concord Monitor: In Concord, Christie tells it like it is
Concord Monitor: In New Hampshire speech, Christie takes aim at Gov. Hassan

Feb. 16, 2015
Seacoast Online: Tens of thousands in NH sign up for ACA insurance
Concord Monitor: Hassan's budget carries clues to possible Senate run
Keene Sentinel: Potential presidential candidates are slow to say they're running

Feb. 15, 2015
Seacoast Online: Supporters call for Sen. Warren to enter presidential race
Union Leader: Librarians step up to help taxpayers overcome IRS stinginess with forms
Union Leader: Kuster hears pipeline concerns
Concord Monitor: The New Hampshire primary has a proud history. But with 2016 bearing down, how relevant is it?
Eagle-Tribune: Vermont looks to steal some of NH's primary spotlight

Feb. 14, 2015
NHPR: Last call for health insurance before tax penalty hits
Seacoast Online: NH health advisory group looks at business marketplace
WMUR: Silence from Clinton may be paralyzing Democratic field

Feb. 13, 2015
NHPR: NH senators support president's move to craft congressionally approved war powers
Seacoast Online: Perry highlights leadership experience at Dover event
Seacoast Online: Ayotte, Shaheen, support Obama's decision to go to Congress
Union Leader: Guinta seeks to repeal Obamacare's 'Cadillac tax'
WMUR: Perry promises NH voters will see different candidate this time
WMUR: Jeb Bush hires GOP strategist, plans first NH visit
NH1: Bush to NH next month, hires Granite State adviser

Feb. 12, 2015
NHPR: Perry jokes about NH weather, teases 2016 run
Seacoast Online: Rick Perry visiting Portsmouth, eyes 2016 bid
Union Leader: NH Primary: If you impress here, you have a shot
Union Leader: Run, Rick, run? Get in race early, visit NH often, Perry says
WMUR: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry visits New Hampshire
Concord Monitor: D.C. panel talks NH primary’s relevance ahead of event’s centennial
Foster's Daily Democrat: Perry wraps up 2-day trip to early primary state

Feb. 11, 2015
NHPR: Kuster wants to keep U.S. involvement in ISIS conflict from escalating
Union Leader: Fiorina talks presidential aspirations at Politics & Eggs
Union Leader: Carson to give keynote speech, receive award at cultural diversity conference
WMUR: Fiorina tries to raise interest in possible presidential bid
WMUR: Clinton dominates potential Democratic presidential field
Concord Monitor: Primary to get early spotlight
Nashua Telegraph: Former UN ambassador Bolton mulls 2016 run
NH1: For Fiorina, it's about resume, not gender

Feb. 10, 2015
Union Leader: With one year to go before centennial of Primary, analysts say the race is about to heat up
WMUR: For 100 years, NH primary has shaped presidential politics
WMUR: Potential Republican field in 2016 wide open
Nashua Telegraph: State asks all communities for Jan. 26-27 blizzard costs for possible FEMA emergency declaration
NHBR: Shaheen to speak at Feb. 18 BIA luncheon

Feb. 9, 2014
Union Leader: Guinta hosts telephone town hall
Union Leader: Cruz looking at 2016 'very seriously'
Nashua Telegraph: NH vets groups support new bill to improve mental health services among military
Nashua Telegraph: Nashuan to be honored by White House for climate change education

Feb. 7, 2015
WMUR: 1 year from primary, Jeb Bush hasn't visited NH
Citizen of Laconia: Health insurance signups grow in NH

Feb. 6, 2014
Union Leader: Sen. Shaheen says Homeland Security showdown could impact first responders
WMUR: Poll shows wide-open potential Republican primary field
Citizen of Laconia: Sen. Shaheen, Chief Erickson make push for Homeland Security funding

Campaign Finances

2012 Campaign

Raised $2,066,088
Spent $2,072,141
Cash on Hand $25,623
End Date Dec. 31, 2012

 

Individual Contributions 
$748,381 (37%)
PAC Contributions $1,270,365 (61%)
Candidate self-financing $0 (0%)
Other $47,072 (2%)

Source: Center for Responsive Politics, OpenSecrets.org

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