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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 25, 2015
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April 24, 2015
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April 23, 2015
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April 22, 2015
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April 21, 2015
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NHPR: In Keene, Clinton 'listens' and chides GOP
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Union Leader: Clinton makes first NH stop
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April 20, 2015
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WMUR: Sen. Ted Cruz talks about gun rights in Litchfield
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April 19, 2015
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WMUR: Hillary Clinton to stop at Keene small business, Concord’s community college
Concord Monitor: GOP summit underscores New Hampshire primary is a marathon, not a sprint
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: Summit gives voters a taste of what’s to come
Concord Monitor:  Hillary Clinton in Concord on Tuesday during first NH visit since announcing presidential run
Eagle-Tribune: Presidential hopefuls line up in NH
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Nashua Telegraph: In Nashua, GOP vows to regain White House
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April 18, 2015
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WMUR: Rubio closes day one of GOP summit with call for continued exceptionalism
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Concord Monitor: A ‘primary within the primary’: At GOP summit, nearly 20 candidates vie for influential voters
Keene Sentinel: Former Virginia governor Gilmore visits Keene GOP group
Nashua Telegraph: Republicans rally at ‘First in the Nation’ summit in Nashua

April 17, 2015
Concord Monitor: Hillary Clinton plans first trip back to New Hampshire
Concord Monitor: State GOP summit ‘like starting the contest with a big bang’
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April 16, 2015
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April 15, 2015
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April 14, 2015
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April 13, 2015
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April 12, 2015
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Union Leader: NH voters await official start of Clinton campaign for Democratic nomination
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Foster's Daily Democrat: NH insurance department posts plan enrollment figures

April 11, 2015
WMUR: Clinton will need to show NH it's no coronation, key Dems say
WMUR: Source: ‘Current plans’ call for Clinton to visit NH week of April 20
WMUR: Commitment 2016 Conversation with the Candidate: Lindsey Graham
Concord Monitor: Clinton expands NH campaign team ahead of expected announcement
Nashua Telegraph: Kuster hosts forum at Nashua Community College about women in high-tech fields

April 10, 2015
WMUR: In NH, Graham says Paul would be 'one of the worst' successors to Obama
Concord Monitor: Graham: GOP opposition to Export-Import bank is misguided
NHPR: GOP's Graham joins Ayotte for tour of New Hampshire business

April 9, 2015
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Seacoast Online: Rand Paul promises to leave NH alone if he wins presidency
Union Leader: Paul woos NH in first day as an official candidate
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April 8, 2015
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WMUR: Paul makes stop in NH hours after entering 2016 race
WMUR: Jeb Bush to appear at 'Politics and Pie' in Concord on April 16

April 7, 2015
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WMUR: Potential presidential candidate Ben Carson visits New Hampshire
WMUR:No shortage of sponsors for NHGOP's 'First-in-the-Nation' summit
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April 6, 2015
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Nashua Telegraph: Rand Paul in Milford Thursday
Nashua Telegraph: GOP Dr. Carson heads to Hollis on Monday

April 5, 2015
Concord Monitor: Ayotte’s state director resigns after prostitution arrest
Seacoast Online: State readies delayed Medicaid billing for federal OK
Union Leader: State director for Sen. Ayotte resigns after prostitution arrest in Nashua
Union Leader: An interview with Andy Smith, director of the UNH Survey Center

April 4, 2015
WMUR: Commitment 2016 Conversation with the Candidate: Rand Paul
NH1: New TV ad attacks Ayotte over abortion

April 3, 2015
WMUR: Potential candidate George Pataki opens PAC office in Manchester
Concord Monitor: Judd Gregg, Evan Bayh urge NH voters to make debt, deficit a priority in primary
Concord Monitor: Concord rally calling on the president highlights continued momentum for campaign finance reform efforts
NH1: NHGOP urges Shaheen to return 'tainted' Menendez money
NHPR: In NH, Pataki takes aim at Indiana religious freedom law
Seacoast Online: Rep. Guinta visits Seacoast Pathways in Portsmouth

April 2, 2015
Conway Daily Sun: Energy is big concern for Guinta
Foster's Daily Democrat: Shaheen praises Great Bay's ATAC in Rochester
NH1: Pataki takes big step in NH towards launching 2016 run

April 1, 2015
Concord Monitor: While Republican candidates flock to NH, Democrats left in waiting
Eagle-Tribune: Report: NH feels the heat from climate change
Foster's Daily Democrat: Chris Christie plans two-day swing through NH
NH1: National Democrats hit Guinta on college affordability
Nashua Telegraph: Former Maryland gov looks to make it a race on Democratic side
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NHPR: O'Malley connects with young NH voters - musically

March 31, 2015
WMUR: Martin O'Malley to headline Politics and Eggs event
WMUR: Clinton advisers meet with party officials in NH
WMUR: Carly Fiorina hires New Hampshire state director
NH1: More aggressive O'Malley returns to NH
Nashua Telegraph: US Sen. Kelly Ayotte reviews programs at Nashua’s YMCA
NHPR: Ayotte has no regrets over Iran letter
Union Leader: Kasich to speak at GOP summit
Union Leader: Lindsey Graham adds another NH stop

March 30, 2015
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Union Leader: Democrat O'Malley back to NH
Foster's Daily Democrat: Shipyard workforce reaches highest level in 20 years

March 29, 2015
Seacoast Online: Sen. Ted Cruz charms Seacoast Republicans

March 28, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Senate approves Shaheen's energy efficiency bill
Nashua Telegraph: Cruz, now officially a candidate, returns to Greater Nashua
NHPR: Cruz returns to NH - this time as a presidential candidate
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WMUR: Cruz visits NH days after formally announcing run for president
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WMUR: Walker details immigration stance during closed-door meeting in NH

March 26, 2015
Union Leader: January blizzard officially ruled a disaster
Union Leader: It's time to shine for presidential contenders in NH
Concord Monitor: Shaheen and Ayotte to IRS: Provide paper tax forms to public

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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