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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

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July 27, 2014
Union Leader: Disabled vets now getting first dibs at program under contract with Easter Seals
Union Leader: Governor, U.S. senators praise Easter Seals' support of NH vets
Keene Sentinel: Bass endorses Brown in Keene

July 26, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan seeks federal evaluation of Pan Am rails
Nashua Telegraph: NH puts hold on ER policy under Medicaid expansion

July 25, 2014
NHPR: Members of Congress worry propane rail shipments could harm Great Bay
NHPR: Fiorina PAC looks to mobilize women for GOP
Seacoast Online: Fiorina exhorts nation's potential while addressing rotary club
Concord Monitor: Shaheen, Brown fundraising reports detail donors, spending
Eagle-Tribune: Gloves are off in 2nd Congressional District GOP primary
Foster's Daily Democrat: Shea-Porter welcomes woman's release from Sudan

July 24, 2014
Seacoast Online: Legislators seek study of impact of Sea-3 on Great Bay
Seacoast Online: Businesswomen get boost with bill
Union Leader: GOP candidates Guinta, Innis square off during debate
WMUR: Analysis: Latest health care rulings are less dramatic for NH than it appears
Concord Monitor: Republicans Innis, Guinta, Kelly debate on radio program
Conway Daily Sun: Brown campaign announces over 100 North Country and Lake Region supporters
Nashua Telegraph: 1st District GOP hopefuls split over Patriot Act, raising gas taxes

July 23, 2014
Concord Monitor: Officials: NH residents won’t immediately lose health insurance tax credits because of court rulings
Conway Daily Sun: Smith believes experience matters in Washington
Keene Sentinel: Winchester likely to face flood repair bill without federal help 
Nashua Telegraph: What Obamacare’s dueling rulings mean: A NH explainer

July 22, 2014
Seacoast Online: Shaheen meets with Veterans Affairs nominee
Union Leader: Nashua Medal of Honor recipient: 'There was valor everywhere'
Citizen of Laconia: Shea-Porter talks business with female entrepreneurs
Concord Monitor: Obama bestows Medal of Honor on Nashua veteran
Concord Monitor: Shaheen meets privately with VA secretary nominee McDonald
Eagle-Tribune: NH veteran awarded Medal of Honor
Keene Sentinel: Brown campaigns in Hancock 

July 21, 2014
NHPR: Nashua man to be awarded Congressional Medal of Honor at White House today
Union Leader: New Hampshire unlikely to get extra food stamp funds
Union Leader: Republican congressional candidate Lambert says he'd serve only 3 terms
WMUR: Nashua soldier to be awarded Medal of Honor
Eagle-Tribune: Top NH political races heat up
Nashua Telegraph: Shea-Porter bill looks at bat disease

July 20, 2014
Union Leader: NH congressional delegation, candidates at odds over immigration
Union Leader: Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith vows to campaign on principle
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: When both campaigns tout support from veterans, what’s the point?
Foster's Daily Democrat: Sen. Ayotte believes Putin to blame in plane's downing 
Nashua Telegraph: NH candidates face dreaded dog days of summer
Nashua Telegraph: US Senate hopefuls target vets for votes

July 19, 2014
Seacoast Online: Sen. Shaheen, veterans advocate for each other
Seacoast Online: Sen. Ayotte: Russia linked to downed plane
Union Leader: Sens. Shaheen, Ayotte: Russia is the problem
Union Leader: Family of World War I vet receives Purple Heart medal in ceremony
WMUR: NH girl attends White House state dinner
Concord Monitor: NH’s U.S. senators call for a cease-fire in Ukraine after jet shot down
Conway Daily Sun: Smith announces Freedom Concert Aug. 29

July 18, 2014
Union Leader: Senators criticize Internet sales tax bill
Union Leader: A 'no holds barred' event for Senate candidate Rubens Saturday
Concord Monitor: NH’s federal delegation, candidates weigh in on border crisis
Nashua Telegraph: Scott Brown calls himself a ‘problem solver,’ labels Jeanne Shaheen a ‘rubber stamp’ for Obama

July 17, 2014
NHPR: Incumbents Kuster, Shea-Porter lead in fundraising
Seacoast Online: Scott Brown touts bipartisan credentials
Seacoast Online: Ayotte pushes drug bill as city forms nine-officer unit
Union Leader: Feds haven't approached state about taking immigrant children
Concord Monitor: How Tom Steyer sees the New Hampshire Senate race
Concord Monitor: Garcia, Lambert fight for funds in the 2nd Congressional District Republican primary
Concord Monitor: UNH filmmaker, former ‘Monitor’ photo editor Habib, selected for President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Conway Daily Sun: Bob Smith stumps in Conway Thursday
Foster's Daily Democrat: UNH filmmaker appointed to Obama’s Disability Committee

July 16, 2014
NHPR: Hobby Lobby ruling is key to NH Dems midterm election strategy
Union Leader: Ayotte expresses concerns about nuclear Iran in letter to Obama
Conway Daily Sun: Scott Brown the moderate?
Nashua Telegraph: 2nd Congressional District Candidate Garcia hopes to bring new approach to solving country’s problems with smaller reform

July 15, 2014
NHPR: Sen. Shaheen calls on House to pass veterans bill
Seacoast Online: DNC encourages women to step up to political forefront
WMUR: Brown, Shaheen argue their veterans bona fides
Concord Monitor: Shaheen, Brown campaigns focus on veterans
Concord Monitor: Jeb Bush nods to Brown in New Hampshire Senate run
Nashua Telegraph: Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown tout support for veterans

July 13, 2014
Union Leader: VA woes across the country led NH to reforms
Union Leader: Senate candidate Brown likes NH's retail campaigning
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: Rubens, Smith spar in effort to become top Brown challenger

July 12, 2014
Seacoast Online: Poll shows close House races in New Hampshire
WMUR: Poll analysis: Obama's end of sliding poll numbers relief to Democrats
WMUR: Scott Brown campaign raises $2.34 million as of Friday
Concord Monitor: Scott Brown adjusts second-quarter fundraising total, adjusts figure to raised $2.34M
Eagle-Tribune: Shaheen seeks expansion of child care tax credits
Foster's Daily Democrat: Shea-Porter tours shipyard to discuss future challenges

July 11, 2014
WMUR: Poll: Clinton leads Democrats; Republican field mixed
WMUR: Kelly Ayotte will officiate wedding for Scott Brown's daughter
Concord Monitor: DOE surveying Concord roadways along Northern Pass route
Nashua Telegraph: Jim Rubens offers most detailed platform so far among GOP candidates running for U.S. Senate

July 10, 2014
NHPR: Medal of Honor recipient reflects on honor and loss
NHPR: 2014 primaries and elections: A look ahead
Union Leader: Ayotte calls again for FCC reform
Union Leader: GOP criticizes Shaheen over gas tax
WMUR: Poll shows Shaheen maintaining lead over GOP rivals
Concord Monitor: Shaheen backs legislation aimed at dismantling Hobby Lobby decision
Concord Monitor: Polls shows Shaheen with comfortable edge over all Republican challengers
Foster's Daily Democrat: Poll shows Shaheen leading Senate challengers

July 9, 2014
NHPR: Pro-Rubens PAC launches anti-Brown website
Union Leader: Kuster visit relocated after Salem selectmen deem stop as political event
WMUR: Christie schedules a second trip to NH this summer
WMUR: Poll shows changes in congressional races
WMUR: In 2016 move, Rand Paul's PAC hires Biundo, RightOn Strategies
Concord Monitor: Polls show Shea-Porter in tight race; Kuster, Hassan lead challengers
Concord Monitor: Pro-Rubens PAC begins attacking Scott Brown
Nashua Telegraph: More political groups target Scott Brown, favoring other candidates in the race for U.S. Senate

July 8, 2014
NHPR: Statewide mental health first aid training program kicks off
NHPR: Shaheen leads fundraising pack in race for U.S. Senate
NHPR: Shaheen discusses fishery disaster plan
Seacoast Online: Fisheries receiving $2 million in relief
Concord Monitor: Shaheen raises $2.8 million in second quarter
Concord Monitor: Mental Health First Aid Program will better equip communities in prevention and crisis response, officials say
Keene Sentinel: Scott Brown slated to visit Hancock July 20
Nashua Telegraph: Shaheen in Nashua to discuss legislation to expand tax credits for child care
Nashua Telegraph: Shaheen breaks her own fundraising record, has $5 million in bank before September primary

July 7, 2014
Concord Monitor: Shaheen discussing fishery disaster relief
Foster's Daily Democrat: Mental health first aid training starts Monday
Nashua Telegraph: Shaheen won’t up federal gas tax

July 6, 2014
Seacoast Online: Hundreds join 'Rebellion' to fight money in politics
Union Leader: 'Loophole' found in federal drug law
Union Leader: Former U.S. Sen Bob Smith tops straw poll at annual CNHT picnic in Hillsborough
Foster's Daily Democrat: NH Rebels with a cause against Washington, D.C. ineffectiveness
Nashua Telegraph: To Nashua man, receiving Congressional Medal of Honor is new mission 

July 4, 2014
NHPR: Amherst, Merrimack 4th of July parades hub for U.S. Senate candidates

July 3, 2014
NHPR: NH company scores contract to tutor feds in foreign languages
NHPR: Mitt Romney endorses Scott Brown: Says Shaheen is playing 'Simon Says'
NHPR: Shaheen campaigns against Hobby Lobby ruling in Concord
Seacoast Online: Romney endorses Scott Brown for U.S. senator
Seacoast Online: Shaheen says $5.5B SAFE Bridges Act will aid state, nation
Union Leader: Hundreds gather at Stratham farm to support Scott Brown
Union Leader: Ayotte wants VA employee bonuses returned
Union Leader: NH weighs in on best, worst Presidents
WMUR: Romney endorses Brown for Senate
WMUR: Medal of Honor recipient says award is about fellow soldiers
Citizen of Laconia: Belknap County EDC receives thousands in USDA grant
Concord Monitor: Romney stumps for Brown in NH, ties Shaheen to President Obama
Concord Monitor: Shaheen speaks at roundtable on Hobby Lobby court decision
Concord Monitor: DOT delays $25 million in road projects amid Washington gridlock
Eagle-Tribune: Romney nixes presidential bid
Foster's Daily Democrat: Romney backs Brown at Stratham rally
Foster's Daily Democrat: Civil rights 50 years later
Foster's Daily Democrat: Merchant marine veteran to get World War II medals
Nashua Telegraph: Politics brings Romney back to New Hampshire

July 2, 2014
Concord Monitor: Scott Brown raises $2 million between April 1 and June 30
Eagle-Tribune: NH officials seek funding for I-93 project

July 1, 2014
WMUR: Opinions split on Hobby Lobby rulin
Concord Monitor: NH candidates react to Hobby Lobby decision on partisan lines
Eagle-Tribune: Response to Hobby Lobby ruling is divided
Nashua Telegraph: NH Democrats say Supreme Court ruling will hurt women; Republicans defend religious rights

June 30, 2014
Union Leader: GOP’s Innis aims to cut taxes, regulation
Concord Monitor: Covering New Hampshire releases survey on those insured through Affordable Care Act, remaining uninsured

June 29, 2014
Union Leader: 'Forgotten War' veterans thanked for in Concord service
Union Leader: U.S. Senate candidate Rubens: Focus on 3 key issues
WMUR: Flag draped casket of NH Marine escorted to Peterborough
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: In U.S. Senate race, Brown looks beyond primary to general election
Eagle-Tribune: Analysts: GOP may regain control in Granite State
Nashua Telegraph: Survey: Most in NH who got ‘Obamacare’ insurance didn’t have health insurance before
Nashua Telegraph: NH officials, Korean Americans thank U.S. military veterans for coming to South Korea’s aid 64 years ago
Nashua Telegraph: PolitiFact NH: Rubens claims fellow Republican Brown voted with Obama 70 percent of the time
Seacoast Online: TSA finds credit-card knives in R.I., N.H., elsewhere

June 28, 2014
NHPR: Shaheen fires back at critics for stock allegations
Seacoast Online: NH Medal of Honor recipient: This belongs to comrades
Seacoast Online: New Hampshire buffer zone law under spotlight
WMUR: Former presidential candidate Bob Dole earns honorary degree from UNH
Foster's Daily Democrat: D.C. gridlock threatens Somersworth project

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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