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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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May 22, 2015
WMUR: Trump announces NH leadership team
Concord Monitor: In Concord, Jeb Bush tells crowd “I’m a little different than my dad and my brother”
NH1: Clinton the leader in Granite State Facebook traffic

May 21, 2015
NH1: Bush in Portsmouth jabs at Clinton, criticizes Obama
Seacoast Online: Jeb Bush in Portsmouth: President must make Americans' lives better
Union Leader: Guinta reaped thousands from GOP presidential candidates
Union Leader: Jeb Bush talks about brother's presidency, his credentials in NH visit
Union Leader: Granite Status: Presidential field takes shape as contenders flock to NH
WMUR: New Hampshire Primary Source: It’s a mess! Guinta controversy splitting NHGOP
WMUR: Portsmouth graphic designer to operate @HillaryClinton for a day
WMUR: Bush weighs in on Iraq, education in NH visit

May 20, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: Ayotte tours Hudson plant
Seacoast Online: Boehner doesn't defend Guinta over contributions
Union Leader: George Pataki plans Exeter announcement
Union Leader: Marco Rubio names NH co-chairs
WMUR: Guinta ‘humbled’ by NHGOP executive committee ‘support’
WMUR: Howard Dean urges NH Democrats, progressives to back Hillary Clinton
Concord Monitor: In Concord, former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee stresses his, Clinton’s differences  

May 19, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: Ben Carson receives warm welcome in Derry
Eagle-Tribune: Guinta says he'll remain in office
Foster's Daily Democrat: Sen. Ayotte highlights drug-exposed newborn legislation
Keene Sentinel: Embattled NH congressman not backing down, despite calls for resignation
Nashua Telegraph: Sen. Ayotte co-sponsors bill to tackle rise in newborns showing signs of opioid withdrawal
Nashua Telegraph: US Sen. Ayotte suggests Congressman Guinta resign
NH1: Christie in Hudson touts policy, not politics; questions rivals
NHPR: Ayotte calls on Guinta to resign
NHPR: Christie backs Patriot Act, more defense spending in Portsmouth
NHPR: Ayotte shines light on newborn victims in heroin epidemic
Seacoast Online: Christie calls for bigger military in Portsmouth speech
Union Leader: Calls for Guinta's resignation mount; NH GOP committee plans 'no further action' after meeting
Union Leader: Christie supports Patriot Act renewal
Union Leader: Carson impresses Derry audience during campaign stop
WMUR: NHGOP executive committee: No action against Guinta
Concord Monitor: NH GOP committee decides not to join calls from state Republican lawmakers for Guinta to resign

May 18, 2015
Concord Monitor: Ayotte highlights newborn legislation at hospital meeting
Concord Monitor: Christie, Bush, Clinton head back to New Hampshire this week
NHPR: Mitt Romney recalls campaign in St. Anselm commencement address
Union Leader: Romney tells St. A's grads: Don't be afraid to fail
Union Leader: Guinta apologizes to supporters in statement
Union Leader: Guinta documents don't add up
WMUR: Guinta ‘apologizes,’ yet insists 2010 loan to campaign was legal

May 17, 2015
Union Leader: Grand jury may target Guinta
NH1: Ayotte co-sponsoring bill to protect infants from drugs

May 16, 2015
WMUR: Guinta says he signed FEC agreement to put issue behind him
WMUR: Ayotte calls Guinta election law violations ‘serious, troubling’
Concord Monitor: Sen. Lindsey Graham tours HL Turner in Concord during latest NH trip
NH1: Constituents call for NH congressman's resignation
NHPR: Ayotte: Guinta needs to 'fully explain'
NHPR: Congress passes Ayotte, Shaheen bill ensuring survivor benefits not taxed
Seacoast Online: Webb calls for economic fairness

May 15, 2015
NHPR: NH representatives split vote on NSA bulk collection bill
Seacoast Online: Donald Trump sounds off on Obama, Tom Brady
Union Leader: Guinta says money was his
Union Leader: Trump meets business leaders at Pease
WMUR: Democratic attorney says Guinta may be subject to criminal probe
Concord Monitor: A settlement amid gridlock, Guinta’s ‘must have been an open-and-shut case’
Foster's Daily Democrat: Trump visits Barrington Middle School

May 14, 2015
NH1: New Karl Rove linked group spending big bucks in NH praising Ayotte
Seacoast Online: Guinta disputes federal finding of illegal campaign cash
Union Leader: Granite Status: Guinta denies any wrongdoing
WMUR: New Hampshire Primary Source: Guinta left himself no wiggle room; can he recover?
Concord Monitor: Preparing for potential presidential bid, O’Malley returns to New Hampshire
Concord Monitor: Cruz establishes 42-person NH leadership team
Foster's Daily Democrat: Former Maryland governor visits Durham

May 13, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: Government charges ITT, Daniel Webster College’s parent company, with student-loan fraud
NH1: Cruz lands three conservative endorsements in NH
NHPR: Manchester-Boston Regional Airport passes FAA inspection
Union Leader: Guinta agrees to repay 2010 campaign contribution, pay fine
Union Leader: DOE turns down Northern Pass comment extension request by NH delegation
Union Leader: Christie at UNH campus calls Obama 'most anti-growth' President in post-war history
WMUR: Santorum visits NH while considering presidential run
WMUR: After FEC investigation, Guinta campaign agrees to pay back $355K
WMUR: Christie calls for simpler tax code, lower corporate taxes
WMUR: O’Brien, Smith, Wheeler to co-chair Ted Cruz NH campaign
Concord Monitor: Bridge scandal takes a back seat in Christie visit to Pembroke
Concord Monitor: NH congressional delegation asks for extension of public comment period for Northern Pass

May 12, 2015
Concord Monitor: Paul announces support from New Hampshire representatives
Eagle-Tribune: Paul calls for limited government in Londonderry visit
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan presses for more winter disaster aid
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan seen as key part of Dems' U.S. Senate strategy
NH1: Shaheen: Federal inaction causing delays to replace Concord's Sewalls Falls Bridge
NHPR: Rand Paul kicks off busy week of NH presidential politics
WMUR: Rand Paul NH staffer licks (yes, licks) tracker’s camera lens

May 11, 2015
WMUR: Look Ahead: Eight potential presidential contenders in NH this week
WMUR: Shaheen introduces energy efficiency bill
NHPR: Ben Carson brings presidential campaign to Manchester
Concord Monitor: Guinta, Kuster to host mental health summit

May 10, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: NH senators sponsor bill to aid families of fallen police, fire officials
NHPR: Fiorina to SNHU grads: 'Be proud and be grateful'
Seacoast Online: Shipyard stands tall 10 years after BRAC
WMUR: Commitment 2016 Conversation with the Candidate: John Kasich

May 9, 2015
WMUR: Ayotte to speak at Romney’s high-powered Utah summit
Concord Monitor: Former NY Gov. Pataki finding his rhythm in NH
Foster's Daily Democrat: Christie holds Town Hall meeting in Dover
Foster's Daily Democrat: Perry meets voters as he mulls White House run
Keene Sentinel: In Keene, Chris Christie talks brashness, compromise
Nashua Telegraph: NJ governor charms Amherst diner crowd
Nashua Telegraph: Shaheen tours Merrimack microbrewery to mark end of Small Business Week
Seacoast Online: Ayotte advocates for upgrades to shipyard barracks
Union Leader: Common Core criticism wins applause for Rick Perry

May 8, 2015
WMUR: Christie on sinking poll numbers: ‘We’ll be just fine’
WMUR: WMUR Poll: Clinton trails or tied with five top Republicans
Concord Monitor: In stump speech in Deerfield, Perry pushes for new tax policy, local control of education
Eagle-Tribune: Perry takes aim at Obama during Londonderry stop
NHPR: Christie talks recovery at Manchester rehab center
Seacoast Online: Perry, Christie, Trump making local stops

May 7, 2015
NHPR: Gov. Kasich says White House run hangs on funding
Union Leader: Granite Status: Will Mike Huckabee bypass New Hampshire this time?
WMUR: Chris Christie to visit state for 2 days
WMUR: Bush leads, Rubio up, Christie down in new WMUR poll

May 6, 2015
WMUR: Democrat Jim Webb to make first 2015 visit to NH

May 5, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: Presidential hopeful Donald Trump visits Hudson VFW

May 4, 2015
Concord Monitor: 2016 Primaries: ‘The whole world is watching’
Foster's Daily Democrat: Kuster co-sponsors bill to honor top-secret WWII unit
WMUR: Look Ahead: Another busy week on the NH primary trail
WMUR: Nancy Pelosi speaks at dinner in Manchester

May 3, 2015
Union Leader: Sanders, in NH visit, talks income inequality
WMUR: Bernie Sanders visits NH for first time since announcing run article
Concord Monitor: Sanders kicks off presidential bid in NH with ‘Brunch With Bernie’
NH1: Shaheen applauds effort to help female business owners
NH1: Bernie Sanders starts Presidential bid in NH
Nashua Telegraph: Sanders returns to NH as presidential candidate
NHPR: Sanders promises NH voters a grassroots presidential campaign
Seacoast Online: City asks Air Force to pay for well contamination
Seacoast Online: Sen. Graham attends first NH house party

May 2, 2015
NHPR: NH Secretary of State: Sanders must register as Democrat to run in primary
Seacoast Online: Feds to change ivory rule after NH teens' bagpipes seized
WMUR: Commitment 2016 Conversation with the Candidate: Bob Ehrlich
Concord Monitor: Art with a Capitol A: Concord High photographer gets Congressional honor

May 1, 2015
NH1: Governor Chris Christie to return to NH next week
NHPR: President signs scaled-back energy bill backed by Shaheen
WMUR: Question: Is Bernie Sanders eligible to run in the NH Democratic primary?

April 30, 2015
WMUR: In speech, Clinton says she was surprised by NH concern about mental health
Concord Monitor: In endorsement of Carly Fiorina, Marilinda Garcia borrows some lines
Foster's Daily Democrat: Fiorina touts leadership, experience

April 29, 2015
Concord Monitor: Fiorina returns to New Hampshire ahead of expected 2016 announcement
Eagle-Tribune: Fiorina outlines foreign policy in NH stop
NHPR: Carly Fiorina kicks off NH tour in Concord
NHPR: VA allowing NH vets more options for care
Union Leader: Fiorina questions Hillary Clinton's credibility

April 28, 2015
WMUR: Look ahead: Trump, Fiorina, Gilmore, Graham return to NH this week
WMUR: Potential presidential hopeful Trump returns to Granite State
WMUR: New Hampshire residents voice reactions to same-sex marriage case
Nashua Telegraph: Effort to put a woman on the 20 dollar bill gains traction
Concord Monitor: Trump: ‘I’m really good at this stuff’
Concord Monitor: Today’s the day: Gay marriage arguments at Supreme Court
NHPR: Clinton Campaign To Hold More Than A Dozen 'Open Houses' In Coming Weeks
NHPR: Fiorina Heads Back To New Hampshire For 4-Day Swing

April 27, 2015
Union Leader: Clinton plans to hold open houses in NH
Union Leader: Campaign visits continue as presidential contenders stream into Granite State

April 26, 2015
NH1: NH state party chairs tangle on Hillary Clinton, salute Mike Downing
Nashua Telegraph: Shaheen to visit Nashua to discuss having woman on $20 bill
NHPR: Grant to North Country group will improve food access
Seacoast Online: New options for health care consumers coming in 2016

April 25, 2015
Seacoast Online: Guinta looks to help fishing industry survive
WMUR: Commitment 2016 Conversation with the Candidate: Carly Fiorina

April 24, 2015
WMUR: Ayotte backs Loretta Lynch for U.S. attorney general

April 23, 2015
Union Leader: Trump signs lease for a NH office, returns Monday
WMUR: Ahead of expected presidential announcement, Fiorina to crisscross NH

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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