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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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Feb. 1, 2015
Union Leader: 'Battle for the White House has begun'
Union Leader: Dan Tuohy's Granite Status: Romney out, Huckabee calling
Union Leader: President Ayotte? NH rules would allow her to make a run
Concord Monitor: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders visits Concord

Jan. 31, 2015
NHPR: Despite brief flirtation, Romney's out for 2016
Union Leader: Dan Tuohy's Granite Status: Chance to 'kick the tires'
NH1: NH real winner from Romney exit

Jan. 30, 2015
Union Leader: Former U.S. Sen. Gregg says nuclear plants still important
Concord Monitor: Judge dismisses convicted killer’s claim that former defense had improper relations with Ayotte

Jan. 29, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Guinta to address New England Council
Union Leader: NASA honors Christa McAuliffe, other lives lost exploring space
NH1: NHGOP to host 2016 presidential candidate summit

Jan. 28, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Shaheen reintroduces veterans benefits bill

Jan. 27, 2015
NHPR: Proposal to shift ACA enrollment period concerns officials, insurers
Union Leader: Outgoing NHGOP chairman to lead Christie's PAC
Concord Monitor: Christie, Walker to make stops in Concord
NHBR: NH firms offer anti-terror tech solutions to federal agencies
NH1: Christie reaches out to Guinta to talk 2016
NH1: Weekend at Bernie (Sanders') house party

Jan. 26, 2015
Concord Monitor: Proposed change in insurance enrollment period worries some in NH

Jan. 25, 2015
Seacoast Online: Federal restrictions hit recreational fishermen
Union Leader: Affordable Care Act tax bills loom as first penalties are levied
Union Leader: NH primary to be honored at Newseum
Union Leader: MSNBC's Matthews dives head first into NH primary
WMUR: Lebanon Airport to receive FAA funding
Concord Monitor: Money Trail: As the walk for campaign finance reform concludes, next steps on the horizon
Nashua Telegraph: Nashua mayor wins national arts group recognition at DC conference
NH1: In Iowa, OBrien takes shots at Romney and Bush

Jan. 24, 2015
WMUR: Chris Christie plans trip to NH
Concord Monitor: At NHTI, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster discusses President Obama’s community college plan with students, faculty

Jan. 23, 2015
NHPR: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to speak at NHGOP event in March
Seacoast Online: Wisconsin Gov. Walker to visit NH
Union Leader: GOP presidential hopefuls announce visits to NH
WMUR: Potential presidential candidate Walker to visit NH
NHBR: Summit seeks NH technologies for anti-terror effort

Jan. 22, 2015
NHPR: NH Rebellion stages protest of big money in politics
NHPR: Members of VT, NH delegations want FCC to assess FairPoint's emergency networks
Concord Monitor: Money Trail: Presidential primary in focus at rebellion rally
NH1: Dartmouth Hitchcock responds favorably to President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative

Jan. 21, 2015
NHPR: Progressive groups launch NH campaign aimed at a Warren presidential run
WMUR: Group completes 300-mile walk for campaign finance reform
WMUR: Schools react to President's universal community college plan
Concord Monitor: Money Trail: On Citizens United anniversary, a look back and glance ahead
Foster's Daily Democrat: Group for campaign finance overhaul to rally at State House

Jan. 20. 2015
NHPR: With NH primary in full swing, no clear frontrunner among huge GOP field
Seacoast Online: Shaheen to host Portsmouth firefighter at State of the Union address

Jan. 19, 2015
Union Leader: NH Rebellion marchers aim to educate
WMUR: Sarah Long Bridge gets $1 million grant
Concord Monitor: Money Trail: Seeking amendments convention, Wolf PAC joins NH Rebellion
Nashua Telegraph: Local NH Rebellion marchers left Nashua Sunday, on way to Concord

Jan. 18, 2015
Seacoast Online: EPA's stormwater rules draw criticism
Union Leader: NH crowd fired up for possible Warren presidential run
Union Leader: NH Rebellion marching its way to Concord for reform
WMUR: Campaign launches to convince Sen. Warren to run for president
Concord Monitor: CapBeat: Politicians getting gassed up about pipeline
Concord Monitor: NH supporters to Warren: ‘This is the moment.’
NH1: Elizabeth Warren movement kicks off in New Hampshire

Jan. 17, 2015
NHPR: At town hall, Ayotte emphasizes piecemeal changes to ACA
Seacoast Online: Ayotte: House immigration bill likely won't pass Senate
Union Leader: Ayotte talks about Medicare, deficit during town hall meeting in Goffstown
Union Leader: Primary season kicks off 
Concord Monitor: Sen. Ayotte holds fifth town hall meeting of the year in Loudon

Jan. 16, 2015
Seacoast Online: NH conservation efforts receive $800K in federal funds
Union Leader: Congressional delegation urges 'transparency' on pipeline project
Union Leader: Guinta holds telephone town hall   
Union Leader: Manchester mayor says Jeb Bush is coming to city
WMUR: Jeb Bush calls Gatsas about visit to NH
Nashua Telegraph: Kuster talks workforce development during business meeting

Jan. 15, 2015
NHPR: Rand Paul makes the rounds in NH
Union Leader: Rath says we'll know about Romney 'sooner rather than later'
Union Leader: Rand Paul raises interest, ire during visit to NH
WMUR: Paul draws criticism for comments about disabled
Citizen of Laconia: Free seminar explains federal contract process
Concord Monitor: Ayotte to host town halls in Loudon and Barnstead
NH1: Rand Paul jabs at potential 2016 rivals in NH1 interview

Jan. 14, 2015
Seacoast Online: Effort to draft Warren into 2016 race heads to NH
Union Leader: State expects Medicaid expansion waiver approval
NH1: 'Run Warren Run' effort coming to NH Saturday

Jan. 13, 2015
NHPR: Vets hopeful, skeptical new law will bring choice outside VA system
NHPR: Sen. Ayotte looks to restrict transfers of Guantanamo detainees
Seacoast Online: Romney talking to NH supporters about third White House bid
Seacoast Online: Navy looks to outsource sub work
Concord Monitor: 2016 GOP field begins to take shape in New Hampshire
Concord Monitor: Pataki says he’s serious about 2016 White House bid

Jan. 12, 2014
Seacoast Online: Mulling a 2016 run: Former N.Y. Gov. Pataki visits Hampton tavern
Union Leader: National Guard regiment sending 370 to Middle East
Union Leader: Former N.Y. governor visits Hampton tavern
WMUR: Shaheen pushes for expanded access to parks for veterans
WMUR: Former NY Gov. Pataki visits NH

Jan. 11, 2015
Seacoast Online: NRC seeks comment on Seabrook nuclear plant
Union Leader: Threat concerns Ayotte: How safe are we?

Jan. 10, 2015
NHPR: USS Norfolk arrives at shipyard for inactivation
Seacoast Online: State community college leader 'encouraged' by Obama's proposal
Seacoast Online: Attack sub USS Norfolk arrives at shipyard
Seacoast Online: Bill would protect the rights of motorcycle riders
WMUR: Political analysts talk chances of Romney run

Jan. 9, 2015
Seacoast Online: Ayotte to chair Senate armed services subcommittee
WMUR: Rand Paul plans visit to NH

Jan. 8, 2015
Union Leader: Legislative sessions convene in Washington and at home
WMUR: Rick Perry plans trip to NH
NH1: NH politicians speak out about Paris terrorist attacks

Jan. 7, 2015
Union Leader: Residents bring pipeline concerns to Ayotte at town meeting in Richmond
Union Leader: Guinta sworn into office, last year's campaign flagged
Keene Sentinel: Ayotte supports 'open, transparent' hearings on proposed pipeline
NH1: Rick Perry is NH bound again
NH1: Frank Guinta says new Congress will be productive

Jan. 6, 2015
Concord Monitor: Democratic U.S. Rep. Kuster expects more bipartisanship in Republican-dominated session
Keene Sentinel: Anti-pipeline group plans to attend Ayotte town hall in Richmond

Jan. 5, 2015
Union Leader: Keystone pipeline, Cuba, immigration top issues as GOP takes full control of Congress
Foster's Daily Democrat: Terrorism threats shutter Fort Constitution to public 

Jan. 3, 2015
Union Leader: NH senators prepare for new order in Congress   

Jan. 2, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: More than 23,000 NH residents signed up for health care in first month of open enrollment

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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