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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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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

March 25, 2015
NHPR: In NH, Kasich says 'all options are on the table' for 2016
Union Leader: GOP's Kasich explores whether he's a contender
WMUR: Christie confirmed for NHGOP event next month
WMUR: Potential presidential hopeful John Kasich visits NH
Concord Monitor: Ohio’s Kasich takes center stage at latest Politics and Pie event in Concord

March 24, 2015
NH1: Busy day for John Kasich in NH
WMUR: Potential presidential hopeful John Kasich comes to NH
WMUR: Granite State Republicans have mixed opinions on Ted Cruz
Conway Daily Sun: Rand Paul regales local Republicans at Red Jacket
Conway Daily Sun: A Q and A with Rand Paul: Sun exclusive

March 23, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Fishery disaster funds sought by congressional delegation
Union Leader: Kasich, Cruz in NH this week

March 22, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: Rand Paul completes 2-day NH swing, expects announcement soon
Seacoast Online: NH presidential primary off to fast start
Seacoast Online: Paul talks constitutionalism in Exeter
Union Leader: NH Democrats see need for a Clinton challenger
Concord Monitor: Rand Paul swings through Seacoast
Foster's Daily Democrat: Rand Paul blasts Obama administration in Rochester visit

March 21, 2015
NHPR: Likely presidential hopeful Rand Paul back in NH
Union Leader: Scott Walker knocks Hassan in email blast
WMUR: Commitment 2016 Conversation with the Candidate: Bernie Sanders
WMUR: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaks at Manchester company

March 20, 2015
Seacoast Online: Boeing to miss deadline for KC-46A
Union Leader: Trump says he will decide on a presidential run by June
WMUR: Donald Trump visits New Hampshire as he eyes presidential run
WMUR: Rand Paul hires two New Hampshire operatives
Citizen of Laconia: Shaheen renews effort to help students refinance loans
Concord Monitor: In NH, Trump says his business experience would play well in government
Nashua Telegraph: Donald Trump tells Amherst party-goers ‘I’m going to make this country rich’
NHPR: Trump tells NH Republicans interest in presidential bid is no joke

March 19, 2015
Seacoast Online: Shaheen: Air Force should pay for blood tests
WMUR: Trump visits New Hampshire as he eyes presidential run
WMUR: Pelosi to be featured speaker at Manchester event
WMUR: In letter, NH lawmakers urge Warren to run for president
NH1: 27 NH Dem. lawmakers urge contested 2016 primary

March 18, 2015
WMUR: Pataki, Graham poke fun at GOP 2016 rivals at Nashua breakfast
Concord Monitor: Graham, Pataki, Hassan throw playful jabs at Wild Irish Breakfast
Nashua Telegraph: Donald Trump coming to Amherst
Nashua Telegraph: Pataki mulls longshot presidential bid in Nashua

March 17, 2015
Union Leader: Vermont's Independent senator, Bernie Sanders, mulls possibility of presidential run
Union Leader: Pataki continues call to reduce government's size
Concord Monitor: While not committing to 2016 run, Sanders says nation’s middle class needs help
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan requests federal aid for blizzard
Foster's Daily Democrat: Shaheen: Internet tax would have big impact on Somersworth small business  
NHPR: In NH, Cruz says GOP needs conservative nominee
NHPR: Sanders in NH - still pondering 2016 presidential bid
NH1: Sanders tells NH1 News 'I'm not interested in criticizing Hillary'

March 16, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Cruz: USA near point of no return  
NH1: Fiorina to fete Guinta on Tuesday
NH1: Ted Cruz touts 'breathtaking' support
Union Leader: Sen. Ted Cruz kicks off NH visit with speech in Barrington
Union Leader: Medicaid expansion could end in 2016
WMUR: Ted Cruz attends events in Barrington, Lincoln Sunday

March 15, 2015
NHPR: Riding high into NH, Walked pushes back on alleged flip-flops
NH1: Gov. Scott Walker visits the Granite State as he considers presidential run for 2016
WMUR: Jeb Bush visits Hudson, Dover, Manchester
WMUR: Gov. Scott Walker makes first public appearance at event in Concord
Concord Monitor: Scott Walker arrives in NH, along with union opposition

March 14, 2015
Union Leader: Jeb Bush addresses crowd in Hudson
Union Leader: Perry plays well to a friendly crowd at Belmont gun shop
Union Leader: Walker makes first NH appearance
Union Leader: Shaheen holds roundtable on human trafficking
WMUR: Bush, Walker visit NH ahead of potential presidential bids
WMUR: Hillary Clinton quietly assembles political team in NH
Concord Monitor: Jeb Bush makes connections in New Hampshire visit
Foster's Daily Democrat: Jeb Bush kicks political tires in Dover
Nashua Telegraph: Bush swings through Hudson in first NH visit since 2000
NH1: Bush tells New Hampshire he won't change views to win votes
NHPR: Jeb Bush touches down in NH
NHPR: Shaheen in town to push for human trafficking bill
NHPR: Shaheen staffers leave to join Clinton's likely 2016 presidential campaign

March 13, 2015
NHPR: Perry talks up bipartisanship; defends GOP Iran letter
Union Leader: Perry says gubernatorial experience would make him a strong President
Foster's Daily Democrat: In New Hampshire, Bush finds a familiar state for his family
NH1: Congressman Guinta says he's in for 2016 re-election

March 12, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Guinta town hall focuses on veterans issues
Foster's Daily Democrat: Rick Perry heads back to New Hampshire
NHPR: Primary analysis: Walker, Bush have something to prove during first NH visits
WMUR: Rick Perry to speak at Politics and Eggs event

March 11, 2015
WMUR: New Hampshire's senators split on Senate letter to Iran
Nashua Telegraph: NH Obamacare enrollments up 30%, with special enrollment period still to come
Nashua Telegraph: Jeb Bush heading to Hudson as GOP adds 4 more for April summit
NHPR: Ayotte among GOP senators who signed letter to Iran about nuclear deal
Union Leader: Ayotte among senators who signed letter sent to Iran

March 10, 2015
Union Leader: NH gets approval to pilot competence-based testing
Foster's Daily Democrat: Rep. Guinta hosting town hall in Dover Wednesday
NH1: Blitz of potential White House hopefuls hits NH this week
Seacoast Online: U.S. Sen Graham touts defense spending and entitlement reform at Pease visit

March 9, 2015
Concord Monitor: At first Politics and Pies, South Carolina Sen. Graham stresses national security
Foster's Daily Democrat: Possible 2016 contender, GOP's Graham heads to New Hampshire
Keene Sentinel: Tech exec tests primary waters
NHPR: Lindsey Graham says he's 'very close' to presidential run
WMUR: On first trip to NH, Graham says he is close to announcing a 2016 run

March 8, 2015
Seacoast Online: Bill improves confidentiality for sexual violence victims
Union Leader: Fiorina, in NH stops, speaks of U.S. need for leadership
WMUR: Potential Presidential candidates converge on NH
Foster's Daily Democrat: Rising sea woes: Coastal dwellers taking climate change seriously

March 7, 2015
WMUR: O'Malley stops in Concord during NH visit
Union Leader: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says Granite State is eager for 'honest conversation'
Foster's Daily Democrat: Ohio Gov. Kasich plans trip to New Hampshire

March 6, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Maryland's O'Malley returns to New Hampshire
NHPR: SNHU president to help U.S. Education Department grow non-traditional programs
Seacoast Online: Feds approve NH Medicaid expansion plan

March 5, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: NH officials tout success of ACA enrollment
Foster's Daily Democrat: Jeb Bush to visit Dover on March 13
Seacoast Online: NH residents worry about Obama health law tax subsidies

March 4, 2015
Union Leader: NH delegation stands with Israel
Concord Monitor: Supreme Court’s decision on King v. Burwell could have wide-reaching consequences in New Hampshire
Concord Monitor: Perry, King, Ehrlich, Pataki added to NHGOP leadership summit
Nashua Telegraph: Sen. Graham, Gov. Pataki on dais for 2015 PLUS Company Wild Irish Breakfast on March 17
NH1: NH congressional delegation reacts to Netanyahu speech

March 3, 2015
Union Leader: Lindsey Graham plans NH stops
Union Leader: Hassan, Shaheen attend Emily's List gala
WMUR: Homeland security shutdown would likely have impacts on NH
WMUR: Shaheen honored for helping at-risk youths
Concord Monitor: Ayotte, Shaheen call for House to take up ‘clean’ DHS funding bill
Concord Monitor: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman kicks off fundraiser for New Hampshire Legal Assistance
Concord Monitor: NH congressional delegation asks for more meetings on Kinder Morgan pipeline
Nashua Telegraph: NH elected officials want more public hearing on gas pipeline plan

March 1, 2015
Union Leader: Va.'s Gilmore: 'lifelong conservative, everyone knows it'
Union Leader: Potential candidates' comings and goings
Union Leader: Gregg: Obama has failed as leader at home, abroad

Feb. 28, 2015
Seacoast Online: Parents of slain NH journalist: Next 'Jihadi John' is on way
WMUR: Commitment 2016 Conversation with the Candidate: George Pataki
NH1: With everyone else at CPAC, Gilmore visits NH

Feb. 27, 2015
NHPR: Political ads look ahead to possible Hassan-Ayotte showdown
Union Leader: Senators call for reward in ISIS killings
Union Leader: Trump won't renew 'Apprentice' so that he might focus on a presidential run
Union Leader: Full Granite State delegation to hear Netanyahu's speech
WMUR: Trump says he may be serious about running for president this time
Concord Monitor: PolitiFact NH: Did Kuster flip-flop when voting for ‘CRomnibus’?
NH1: Sen. Kelly Ayotte not on the CPAC speaking list, NH Democrats notice
NH1: New details on Donald Trump's upcoming NH visit

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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