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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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April 20, 2014
Union Leader: Veterans applaud news of VA opening clinics in Berlin, Colebrook
Nashua Telegraph: Ayotte stops in Nashua at major employer, Dell

April 19, 2014
WMUR: Presidential primary poll shows leader in 1 party, crowd in other
Keene Sentinel: Kuster tours Gilsum company to promote new economic agenda
Foster's Daily Democrat: Shaheen discusses recreation, job creation, preservation, at NEMO facility
Eagle-Tribune: WWI veteran's family gets new Purple Heart

April 18, 2014
Union Leader: Ski area manager says ACA may cut season short
WMUR: Scott Brown to get paid for hedge fund speech in Las Vegas
WMUR: NH to open two new veterans clinics

April 16, 2014
Concord Monitor: Shaheen thanks NH police who responded to Boston Marathon bombing
Nashua Telegraph: Kuster addresses gender inequality, abortion at Nashua Community College
Nashua Telegraph: Shaheen tours downtown non-profit getting makeover with federal funds
Nashua Telegraph: UNH poll: Obama’s approval rating continues to drop in NH
NHPR: Sen. Shaheen meets with Boston Marathon responders
Seacoast Online: Judge dismisses suit filed by cities against EPA
Union Leader: NH officers thanked for their help in bombing's aftermath
WMUR: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen thanks New Hampshire's first responders

April 15, 2014
WMUR: Brown raises money at impressive pace over 16 days
WMUR: Kuster raises $400k for re-election campaign
Union Leader: Rep. Shea-Porter honored for efforts to aid in health care by National Association of Community Health Centers
Nashua Telegraph: PolitiFactNH: NHGOP says Jeanne Shaheen votes with Obama 99 percent of the time
Foster's Daily Democrat: Shaheen thanking NH police who responded to Boston
Citizen of Laconia: Scott Brown tours Veterans Home

April 14, 2014
Concord Monitor: Vt. Sen. Sanders speaks in NH as he mulls 2016 run

April 13, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: High-profile conservatives highlight Freedom Summit in Manchester
Nashua Telegraph: Nashua, Manchester drug courts could open by fall if federal grants get approved
Nashua Telegraph: Brown’s announcement has resurrected NH Republican Party
Union Leader: GOP rally in Manchester fires up party faithful
Union Leader: Shaheen, Brown matchup expected to be a pricey race
WMUR: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders makes appearance at New Hampshire Institute of Politics
WMUR: Big-name Republicans descend on NH for Freedom Summit
Concord Monitor: Republican presidential hopefuls test waters at GOP event
Eagle-Tribune: GOP presidential hopefuls flock to NH event

April 12, 2014
Union Leader: Rand Paul offers his 'libertarian twist' on conservatism
Seacoast Online: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul shares vision in Pease visit
Seacoast Online: Shaheen presses feds to hand over building to city
Seacoast Online: Navy chief praises shipyard's excellence
Seacoast Online: Shaheen, NH Senate alarmed over painkiller
NHPR: Brown takes aim at health law as Dems fire back
NHPR: Rand Paul kicks off GOP summit with rally in Dover
Foster's Daily Democrat: Rand Paul rallies GOP troops in Dover talk
Concord Monitor: Rand Paul: To win, Republicans must broaden message

April 11, 2014
Concord Monitor: Brown’s official entrance into U.S. Senate race met with excitement from NH Republicans
Concord Monitor: Former GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger visits Concord High School to promote film, positivity
Foster's Daily Democrat: Brown makes Senate bid official
NHPR: Scott Brown kicks off U.S. Senate run in Portsmouth
Seacoast Online: Brown officially begins Senate bid in Portsmouth
Seacoast Online: Protesters stake out hotel before Brown campaign kickoff
Seacoast Online: Brown supporters cite his 'independent voice' for NH
Seacoast Online: U.S. to Manchester school district: Do better
Union Leader: Scott Brown formally launches NH campaign for Senate
WMUR: Senate hopeful Brown: health law costs liberty
WMUR: Poll shows Brown gaining on Shaheen

April 10, 2014
Union Leader: Ayotte fears killer Addison's sentence will be commuted
Concord Monitor: Ayotte: Death penalty repeal could effectively commute Addison’s sentence
Foster's Daily Democrat: Navy soliciting ideas for reuse of former shipyard prison
NHPR: Feds' new railroad safety rules could affect propane transport on Seacoast

April 9, 2014
Concord Monitor: Vermont’s Sanders eyes president bid, heads to NH
Keene Sentinel: Senate candidate Jim Rubens stops in Keene and Surry, talks issues
NHPR: Republican candidates for U.S. Senate debate, Scott Brown declines invite
Seacoast Online: Bernie Sanders visiting NH, considers run for president
WMUR: Scott Brown gets praise from The Donald
WMUR: Following Shaheen, Shea-Porter asks her GOP opponents to take 'People's Pledge'
WMUR: Citizens for Strong NH begins week long radio ads hitting Shaheen
WMUR:  'Morning Joe' Scarborough to keynote Cheshire Co. GOP event

April 8, 2014
WMUR: Shaheen camp calls on Brown to sign outside-money pledge
WMUR: Scott Brown to officially retire from National Guard
WMUR: Scott Brown to formally enter Senate contest Thursday
Union Leader: Surveys: NH health premiums up 90%; more people insured under Obamacare
Union Leader: Ayotte lends support to bill that gives companies incentive to hire vets
Seacoast Online: Brown to officially announce run for Senate in Port City on Thursday
NHPR: Brown tells supporters he'll make it official Thursday
NHPR: Shaheen, Ayotte press for more heating funds
Nashua Telegraph: Scott Brown to announce candidacy for U.S. Senate Thursday, set to miss debate Tuesday
Concord Monitor: Scott Brown to run for U.S. Senate in NH

April 7, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Christie spokesman leaves for Brown campaign in NH
Seacoast Online: NH senators address state's heroin woes

April 6, 2014
Concord Monitor: In U.S. Senate primary, Brown’s opponents tout gun records
Keene Sentinel: Scott Brown stops in Keene during visit to Cheshire County 

April 5, 2014
WMUR: Former aide to serve as Scott Brown campaign manager
WMUR: Meet the Candidates: U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rubens

April 4, 2014
Concord Monitor: NH’s senators speak out against more base closings
Foster's Daily Democrat: Guinta: Opponent may not represent Republicans 
Seacoast Online: Scammans endorse Innis for Congress
WMUR: Sen. Kelly Ayotte questions General Motors amid recall controversy

April 3, 2014
Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: Surprise! Scott Brown is running for US Senate, announcement planned
WMUR: Brown plans to officially announce run for U.S. Senate
Foster's Daily Democrat: Frisbie Memorial Hospital to argue ACA network inadequate
Seacoast Online: Ayotte speaks out against move to close bases

April 2, 2014
Concord Monitor: Citizen groups push for U.S. Senate money pledge from NH candidates
Seacoast Online: White House gets call in city dispute
Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: Common Cause, Public Citizen push People’s Pledge

April 1, 2014
WMUR: Surge of signups as health care deadline arrives
WMUR: Scott Brown still technically exploring, but telling people he's running for Senate
Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: Dueling videos by Dems, GOP focus on Brown, Shaheen
Seacoast Online: Councilors, feds clash over McIntyre building
NHPR: NH delegation and French ambassador cut ribbon at Rochester's new aerospace manufacturing plant
Nashua Telegraph: Senate hopeful Jim Rubens talks education with students at Nashua’s Academy of Science and Design
Foster's Daily Democrat: Area residents sign up for ACA's health insurance

March 31, 2014
Concord Monitor: NH small businesses frustrated, confused, hesitant about Affordable Care Act
Foster's Daily Democrat: Monday is deadline to sign up for health law in NH
Foster's Daily Democrat: Ayotte highlights importance of U.S. attack submarine fleet
NHPR: Obamacare rolls into NH like a political campaign - and wins
Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: NHGOP wastes no time raising Shaheen’s sales tax support as governor

March 30, 2014
Seacoast Online: Congressional hopeful Innis is gay and Republican
Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: Brown's comment goes viral, Shaheen takes knocks on Obamacare

March 29, 2014
WMUR: Back from trip overseas, Ayotte comments on Russian aggression
Union Leader: Manchester soldier awarded Purple Heart a humble hero
Union Leader: U.S.S. Miami decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: NHGOP, Shaheen camp trade more charges on Obamacare
Seacoast Online: Navy says goodbye to USS Miami

March 28, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Healthcare expert says the ACA is ‘dangerous’ 
Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: After Medicaid Expansion signing at State House, Dems take aim at ... Scott Brown
Union Leader: NH congressional delegation backs aid to Ukraine

March 27, 2014
Union Leader: Six New England senators call for investigation into natural gas prices
Union Leader: Shaheen urges feds to approve NH Medicaid expansion
Conway Daily Sun: Senate candidate Rubens says 'people are tired of business as usual'
Seacoast Online: Shaheen urges feds to expedite Medicaid waivers

March 26, 2014
Concord Monitor: In Nashua, Vice President Joe Biden applauds NH worker training programs
Eagle-TribuneSurge in NH fuel aid requests expected
Eagle-Tribune: Biden touts job training in NH visit
Foster's Daily Democrat: Brown tours Frisbie, sympathizes with hospital’s plight
Nashua Telegraph: VP Biden visits Nashua, says ‘I’m here about jobs, not mine’
Nashua Telegraph: Jim Rubens vows to protect gun owners at Hudson shop, continues Second Amendment tour all week
Nashua Telegraph: Before to Biden’s visit, bus tour in Nashua promotes $10.10 minimum wage
NHPR: In Nashua, Biden praises job training and Medicaid expansion
NHPR: Brown speaks against Obamacare at Frisbie Hospital
NHPR: Bus tour stop in NH pushes Sen. Ayotte to support minimum wage hike
Seacoast Online: Biden, possible '16 hopeful, promotes jobs in NH
Union Leader: ‘Give America a Raise’ tour glides into NH
WMUR: Biden: 'I'm here about jobs, not mine'
WMUR: Scott Brown blasts Affordable Care Act during Rochester visit
WMUR: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to visit NH

March 25, 2014
WMUR: VP Biden and U.S. Labor Secretary to visit Nashua job site
WMUR: Shaheen starts radio ads hitting Brown over 'pledge'
Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: Potential '16 presidential hopeful Marco Rubio to return to NH
Union Leader: VP Biden, Secretary of Labor to visit Nashua Works Center Tuesday
Seacoast Online: Scott Brown faces history, residency questions in NH bid
NHPR: Sen. Ayotte calls for harsher sanctions against Russia
Nashua Telegraph: VP Biden to appear at state unemployment office in Nashua, press and public availability limited
Nashua Telegraph: IRS says NH may be due $3.2 million in refunds from 2010
Foster's Daily Democrat: Brown works to overcome residency questions
Foster's Daily Democrat: Biden, possible '16 hopeful, off to New Hampshire
Concord Monitor: Shaheen hits Brown on outside money in first campaign ad

March 24, 2014
Concord Monitor: U.S. lawmakers, during visit to Ukraine, call for continued aid against Russian threat
Eagle-Tribune: Biden to put spotlight on job training in NH
Nashua Telegraph: VP Biden to visit Nashua Tuesday for workforce development event, GOP urges top Democrats to attend
Nashua Telegraph: Biden Nashua trip Tues. coincides with rally by minimum wage-hike supporters
Union Leader: In Kiev, NH Sen. Ayotte backs sanctions against Russia
Union Leader: Daughter proves an asset at Brown stop in Manchester

March 23, 2014
Union Leader: Ayotte: Toughen sanctions on Russia
WMUR: Sen. Kelly Ayotte to visit Ukraine Sunday
Concord Monitor: If Brown joins U.S. Senate race, national money, attention to follow

March 22, 2014
WMUR: Lawmakers meet to discuss important role of working women
WMUR: VP Biden to visit Nashua on Tuesday
Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: Hassan to appear with Biden in Nashua next week; Shaheen, Shea-Porter, Kuster to be in DC
Seacoast Online: Guinta brings Health Care Listening Tour to Portsmouth
Seacoast Online: Biden to talk job training in New Hampshire
Nashua Telegraph: Biden to visit Nashua on Tuesday for workforce development event
Nashua Telegraph: IRS says NH may be due $3.2 million in refunds from 2010

March 21, 2014
Concord Monitor: Obamacare enrollment fairs held in NH as deadline approaches
Concord Monitor: Ayotte heading to Ukraine, Israel
Keene Sentinel: Shaheen stops in Keene to promote fraud session for seniors
NHPR: Scott Brown and outside money: Won't or can't?
WMUR: President Obama weighs in on U.S. Senate race in NH
WMUR: Shaheen tours Rustic Crust Pizza facility destroyed by fire
WMUR: Rand Paul to raise money for NHGOP

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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