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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Bass. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Charlie Bass voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Charlie Bass voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Charlie Bass voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Charlie Bass voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Charlie Bass voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Bass. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Charlie Bass voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Video: 2nd Congressional District Debate: Afghanistan. 26 October 2010. "[Moderator:] So Mr. Bass, when do we “ when will we know it's time to leave Afghanistan? [Mr. Bass:] We will know when it's time to leave Afghanistan when the mission, as defined by our Commander and Chief, Barack Obama, whoever succeeds him, is fulfilled. Not at a specific date certain." (youtu.be)
  • Charlie Bass. Issues. 21 September 2012. "Regarding current engagements, late last year Charlie visited our troops and military leaders in Afghanistan and supports redefining our role in that country in order to bring our troops home now, but believes that we must maintain a strategic presence in the region to the prevent it from becoming a safe-haven for terrorists again. We must continually monitor our progress in this region of the world and listen to the guidance from our military leaders, while working to get our soldiers home." (www.votebass.com)
  • Charlie Bass. The Concord Monitor “ In Afghanistan, We Have Reached A Turning Point. 13 June 2011. "It is time we redefine our purpose in Afghanistan and start reducing our military presence there. While we still have work to do before we leave completely, we can start to transition security operations in the country to the Afghan government without affecting our mission. The mission in Afghanistan at this stage is to eliminate any existing terrorist threats, which we can accomplish through the use of smaller forces and by maximizing our intelligence resources to prevent future threats to our country. As we have demonstrated with the killing of bin Laden, we have the capability to eliminate terrorist threats without having to command and control the Afghan government. We have made great strides in our fight against terrorism and tyranny, thanks to our men and women in uniform. It's time to bring them home from Afghanistan and move forward with a new strategy in the country that continues our war against terrorism but also allows the Afghan people to take responsibility for their future." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Video: 10 Questions With Charlie Bass: #6 Afghanistan. 23 July 2010. "Announcing a date of withdrawal, I think is in effect announcing that on a certain-a date certain you're going to be defeated. On the other hand I'm not sure that the President's approach to Afghanistan is appropriate. Afghanistan is not Iraq. The surge that was proposed by former President Bush has worked and we have the beginnings of a stable government and a growing economy in Iraq but in Afghanistan there isn't the kind of governmental infrastructure that there is in Iraq, and the result is is that the military can't succeed. And so I believe that in Afghanistan we need to implant our best intelligence assets possible, we need to make sure that we know where terrorist cells are, we need to take military action where necessary to protect U.S. interests in this country but I don't believe that we can support a government that essentially doesn't exist. The Russians learned this 25 years ago in Afghanistan, we should learn “ take the same lesson that they learned." (www.youtube.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Bass. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Medium Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense" 1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. Other or expanded principles: "Entitlements."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense"
  • Charlie Bass. Union Leader: Nashua BAE workers, politicians turn out for rally. 11 September 2012. "If the defense budget is slashed on Jan. 1, 2013, Congressman Charles Bass said it would be disruptive and counterproductive to American security. "And it is so unnecessary because we know in the end that America cannot survive with a gutted defense, which is what we would end up with if this went through," said Bass." (bass.house.gov)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Bass Statement on National Security and Job Protection Act. 13 September 2012. "We all know that our nation faces a fiscal cliff at the end of the year that will push our country into another recession if nothing is done to remedy it. Partisan bickering in Washington has not gotten us any closer to resolving these looming issues, which include extending the current tax rates to prevent a tax increase on hardworking families and stopping sequestration, which will make very serious and hurtful cuts to national defense and valuable domestic programs that will jeopardize thousands of jobs in New Hampshire alone." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass, Frank Guinta, Kelly Ayotte. Portsmouth Patch: Ayotte, Bass and Guinta Fight Plan to Cut $1 Trillion in DOD Spending. 10 April 2012. "While the defense budget only accounts for approximately 19 percent of federal spending, defense will absorb 50 percent of the sequestration cuts. This will amount to an additional $55 billion annual cut in the defense budget over the next nine years. All totaled, defense sequestration would result in an approximately $1 trillion cut in defense spending over the next decade. This reduction would jeopardize our national security, deprive our warfighters of the resources they need, and inflict severe damage upon our defense industrial base. No state's defense installations would be immune, including those vital to the state of New Hampshire “ the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base." (portsmouth-nh.patch.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Bass. Signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 20 September 2012. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of New Hampshire and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Charlie Bass. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Bass. Bass' Statement on President's Address to Congress. 8 September 2011. "Job creation doesn't start with bigger government and more government spending -- it starts with giving private businesses the ability to grow." (votesmart.org)
  • Albert McKeon. Nashua Telegraph “ Bass Offers to Consider Most Proposals for Lowering Nation's Debt. 8 September 2011. "...Bass hopes his Republican Party and Democrats finally can reach a consensus on lowering the nation's debt, and as an olive branch, he offers, for the time being, to consider any proposal -- except tax increases. In an interview with The Telegraph editorial board Wednesday, Bass said, "Raising tax rates in this economy is a bad idea." Bass said not only would the economy have to improve, but spending would have to be reduced considerably for him to contemplate raising revenue through a tax hike. As for boosting the economy, Bass dismissed the job creation package that President Barack Obama is expected to unveil tonight. Bass said Obama's $787 billion stimulus package in 2009 didn't work, and a smaller, second one would also fail to lift the economy. "It's always tempting to say you're going to spend $100 billion here and there, but it didn't work and it's not going to work," Bass said." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Issue Position: Supporting Job Creation. 20 October 2011. "It is not government's task to create jobs. Instead, government should enact policies that support business growth, which will lead to good, new jobs. The trillion-dollar Stimulus not only failed to deliver jobs, it plunged our nation further into debt. America levies the 3rd highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, which stifles growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Charlie Bass. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "agriculture subsidies "
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Corporate welfare -- Eliminate"
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Corporate welfare "
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Charlie Bass. WMUR Lunchtime Chat: Charlie Bass. 11 October 2011. "The biggest issue in the next Congress concerning education will be the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. I supported the original bill, but feel it needs to be substantially revised to reflect the issues that have arisen over the last few years." (livewire.wmur.com)
  • Charlie Bass. Issues. 21 September 2012. "The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, federal legislation also known as No Child Left Behind, is due for reauthorization in 2012. This is a large and all-encompassing bill, and it is my hope that as Congress looks at reauthorization we can come to a bipartisan agreement on how to shape our public education system in a way that best benefits New Hampshire and our nation's children." (bass.house.gov)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "defense "
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Funding for the space station and B-2 bomber -- Eliminate"
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Agriculture subsidies -- Eliminate"
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Bass. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Charlie Bass. Legislative Powers Belong to Congress, Not EPA. 15 March 2011. "This bill [the Energy Tax Prevention Act, H.R. 910] is a starting point for this Committee and Congress as a whole to have a meaningful debate about climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. While there may be disagreement over the science of climate change, we should never limit its study. But the power to enact those policies rests with Congress, not the EPA." (bass.house.gov)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. 6 April 2011. "I, for one, think that climate change is real and a problem that needs to be addressed with practical solutions that have attainable goals to reduce emissions and provide certainty in our economy. I also believe that the Clean Air Act has truly benefited our Nation and should never be weakened--rather, strengthened." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Newsroom. 15 March 2011. "I for one think that climate change is real and a problem that needs to be addressed with practical solutions that have attainable goals to reduce emissions and provide certainty in our economy. The United States needs to be a global leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [¦] I am committed to finding a workable solution to achieve cleaner air, help address global warming, and preserve the economic competitiveness of the United States in the global marketplace." (bass.house.gov)
  • Amelia Chasse. NH Jounral: Bass Getting it 'Right' a Second Time. 28 March 2011. "When our conversation turns to policy, Bass mentions some unfinished business from his last terms that he looks forward to addressing in this session. He is a returning member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, and spent his four-year hiatus advising alternative energy companies. Discussing cap-and-trade, Bass points out that he, along with fellow NH moderate Republican Judd Gregg, introduced legislation in 1995 to regulate carbon emissions, but calls the recent bill an example of "gross overstepping" on the part of the sponsors. He is also critical of the Obama administration's energy policy, stating, "The EPA decided to go ahead and start regulating carbon dioxide without any legislative mandate at all, and I think that's wrong." (nhjournal.com)
  • David Brooks. Nashua Telegraph: Public Forum Concerns the Effects of Climate Change. 4 June 2011. "Bass said he believes that the focus on health questions is just a tactical measure made in the face of the failure of efforts such as the Waxman-Markey bill, which sought unsuccessfully to establish a national cap-and-trade program to limit carbon emissions by utilities and industries. "Advocates have tacked like a sailboat might and gone off in the health impact direction," he said. Unlike many in his party, however, Bass does agree with the basic tenets of climate change. "There is credible evidence to conclude that the climate is getting warmer, and there will be impacts associated with this warming," he said. Bass also agreed that human activity appears to be contributing to the problem “ noting that he, along with then-Sen. Judd Gregg, introduced carbon-regulation legislation as far back as 1995." (www.nashuatelegraph.com)
  • Jean Chemnick. E&E News: Former Rep. Inlis to Launch Conservative Coalition to Adress Global Warming. 14 June 2011. "'I've been a proponent of a climate change agenda for the Congress,' Bass, a rare Republican moderate, said. He said, however, that Republicans would not support a cap-and-trade bill like the one sponsored last Congress by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), which was widely panned by the GOP as a tax. "That kind of approach obviously overshot the target and was unacceptable to the Republicans. So some other approach has to be used," he said. Bass said he would support a clean energy standard for electricity." (www.eenews.net)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Support a National Instant Background Check System."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "I support a National Instant Background Check"
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Repeal the semi-automatic gun ban and replace the Brady Law with an "instant check""
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Support a National Instant Background Check System."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Repeal the semi-automatic gun ban and replace the Brady Law with an "instant check""
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Charlie Bass. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Bass supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 20 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Charlie Bass in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 January 2011. "I have long been a strong supporter of individuals' right to bear arms as recognized by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and will work to oppose any action that encroaches on this important Constitutional right. I will do my part in Congress to preserve opportunities for New Hampshire sportsmen and gun enthusiasts." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Providing For Consideration of S. 397, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. 18 October 2005. "...there is no direct connection now between gun manufacturers and crimes that are committed with guns unless there is negligence of one sort or another." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Newsroom: Bass Votes to Preserve Second Amendment Rights. 16 November 2011. "Law-abiding gun owners with valid permits to carry a concealed weapon in one state, like New Hampshire, should have the right to carry their concealed weapon in other concealed carry states. This legislation solves that problem without creating another federal bureaucratic mess. It enhances Americans' right to self defense and protection. And most importantly, it protects our constitutional right to keep and bear arms as we travel across state lines." (bass.house.gov)

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  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Charlie Bass. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship." Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Strengthen border enforcement and make it easier to deport criminal aliens. "
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Charlie Bass. Video: 10 Questions With Charlie Bass: #9 Illegal Immigration. 23 July 2010. "First of all, nobody who is here in this country illegally should be given legal status. Secondly, I understand and sympathize with the issues that people like Governor Brewer in Arizona face trying to defend the borders when the federal government has failed to do so adequately. We have to accept the fact the we have a large population of illegal immigrants but the solution is not gonna involve having them gain illegal status. One way or another over time they are going to have to return to the countries from which they came and apply the way everybody else has who's here legally, apply for citizenship....if you're here illegally you're not gonna be able, you should not be able to get legal status through any federal government program." (www.youtube.com)
  • Charlie Bass. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Charlie Bass voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act. 15 December 2005. "Nothing is more important than good border security for our national security. Nothing is more important than enforcing the law of the land. And we cannot go on indefinitely with immigration laws that nobody pays any attention to....Mr. Chairman, my constituents and constituents all over the country are crying out for a just law to end this process of having undocumented illegal aliens working and flaunting the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act. 16 December 2005. "Over 400,000 alien absconders and more than 85,000 criminal illegal aliens are in our country. Tragically, many of these criminal aliens remain loose within our borders and continue to commit violent crimes in our neighborhoods, such as Eduardo Campos Rodriquez, an illegal immigrant wanted for four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder. We can not allow cases like this to continue to threaten the safety of our citizens in their communities. Illegal immigration is a national problem--not one only occurring in the communities along the southern border. Throughout the country, State and local law enforcement are confronted with this problem everyday from large urban cities to the smallest and most rural communities. Unfortunately, our State and local law enforcement officers lack the critical information, necessary resources, and clear authority to detain and process these individuals. Recently, my district has been in the national spotlight concerning the various strategies that local and State law enforcement are attempting to use to address their illegal immigration problem in the absence of federal guidance." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. "Illegal immigration is a problem that impacts us all, and reform does not have a simple, clear-cut answer. There are contrasting views on how to solve this problem, including amnesty plans, which I strongly oppose. We must not place individuals who have broken the law ahead of those who are waiting to enter the country legally, as well as exclude legal immigrants who are already in the U.S. temporarily. This is fundamentally unfair to individuals who patiently waited their turn; granting amnesty to law breakers is in stark contrast to the founding principles of our country and a blow to those hard-working immigrants who waited to come to this country in the legal manner." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Bass. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Charlie Bass voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Bass supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 27 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. WMUR Lunchtime Chat: Charlie Bass. 11 October 2011. "I don't support amending the US Constitution to define marriage in any way. It is an issue that is most appropriated at a state level. Marriage lisences are granted by town and city offices, not the US Justice Department." (livewire.wmur.com)
  • WMUR 9. 2nd Congressional District Candidates on the Issues “ Commitment 2010: Same-Sex Marriage. 21 October 2011. "Marriage has traditionally been regulated at the state and local level, and that's where it should remain. For this reason, I opposed a U.S. Constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman." (www.wmur.com)

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Charlie Bass. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Hampshire Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Charlie Bass. Bass Applauds Bush's Message. 2 February 2005. "I am an advocate of the President's [George W. Bush's] call for Social Security reform and will work with him in the next two years to save and protect this important program. I will also work to meet our shared goal of implementing these policies while practicing sound fiscal restraint and slowing the growth of government." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Bass. Issue Position: Retirement Security. 21 October 2011. "With proper planning and opportunities, Americans should be able to count on a safe and secure retirement. In addition to strengthening our Social Security program, I also believe that we should continue to provide incentives for Americans to privately save for their retirement years. I support increasing the annual contribution limits for IRAs in addition to enhanced tax credits that encourage low and middle-income families to save for the future. We must also work on improving the defined-benefit pension system so employers are able to live up to their promise to their employees." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

I support Roe v. Wade as the law of the land, and I believe a woman should have access to abortion services and have a right to choose to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. However, I oppose the partial birth abortion procedure

Budgetary Priorities

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Greatly Decrease Fundinga) Agricultural
Maintain Funding Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Education
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Environmental
Maintain Funding Statusf) International Aid
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Law Enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Slightly Decrease Fundingi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Maintain Funding Statusk) Public Health Services
Maintain Funding Statusl) Scientific Research
Slightly Increase Fundingm) Terrorism Prevention
Maintain Funding Statusn) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingo) Welfare
Eliminate Fundingp) Other or expanded categories

Corporate Welfare

Defense Spending

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number per category.

Slightly Increase Fundinga) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Covert intelligence operations
Maintain Funding Statusc) Military hardware
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Funding Statuse) National Missile Defense Program
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Programs to improve military retention rates
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Troop and equipment readiness
i) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax.

Income Taxes - Family Income

Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000 - $150,000
Slightly Decreased) Over $150,000
Slightly Decreasee) Other or expanded categories

Income Taxes - Retiree Income

Slightly Decreasef) Over $40, 000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits

Maintain Statusa) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Maintain Statusd) Child tax credit
Maintain Statuse) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increasef) Student loan tax credit
g) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Yes2) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No3) Would you use Social Security surpluses to balance the budget?
4) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform issues.

a) Support public taxpayer funding for congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xe) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xf) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
Xg) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
h) Remove all contribution limits to federal candidates and parties.
Xi) Require congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
j) Require that unions give members the option of not having membership dues used for political purposes.
Nok) Support the federal government mandate that creates national voting system standards.
Yesl) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms that members of Congress can serve?
Undecidedm) Do you support voting on-line?
Xn) Other or expanded principles

Cosponsor and voted for Shays-Meehan
Campaign Finance Reform Legislation.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase funding for community policing programs.
g) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xh) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xk) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.

Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
d) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
h) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xi) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
Xj) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xk) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.

a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
f) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
g) Increase the federal minimum wage.
h) Considering race and gender in government contracting decisions is appropriate for the federal government.
i) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
j) Continue federal affirmative action programs.
Xk) Discontinue federal affirmative action programs.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
e) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Provide tax credits for state and local bonds to preserve open spaces, build parks, improve water quality and redevelop brownfields.
i) Support the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act prohibiting commercial logging in our national forests.
Xj) Provide states and local communities with more flexibility to address their respective environmental problems.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

I support a National Instant Background Check

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xg) Increase research funding of the human genome to find cures for diseases such as cancer, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
h) Increase federal funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
i) Prohibit the procedure of cloning human embryos.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

Increase funding for breast cancer research and prevention programs

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
c) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
Xd) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
Xe) Establish English as the official U.S. language.
f) Collect fingerprint data from all U.S. visa applicants which would be accessible to all federal immigration-related agencies.
g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S.
h) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U. S. economic assistance.

Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
Xc) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
d) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
f) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

a) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
b) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
c) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
Xd) The U.S. should support the formation of a Palestinian state.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.

Xa) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
d) Other or expanded principles
Undecided3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
No4) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes5) Should the U.S. increase its financial support to Colombia for the "war on drugs?"
Yes6) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
Yes7) Do you support the recent withdrawal of the U.S. from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty in order to deploy a national missile defense system?
Yes8) Should the U.S. hold nations accountable for terrorists who operate from their country?
9) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) trading status with the United States? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
Yes6) Should the President have "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade agreements?
No7) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
8) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Yes1. Do you support the President using military tribunals to try terrorist suspects when the President deems ordinary civil courts to be inappropriate or impractical?
Yes2. Should the U.S. adopt higher qualification rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Yes3. Should law enforcement agencies be granted greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yes4. Should federal law enforcement agencies share intelligence data with local law enforcement agencies?
Yes5. Should the federal government provide states with funding for homeland security?
6. Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
Xb) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) The federal government should invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
Xf) Support a "lock box" measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.

Xa) Continue the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
c) Regulation of the Internet should not be controlled by the federal government.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.

a) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
Xb) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to defray the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
e) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
f) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
Xg) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
h) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
i) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
j) Provide states with additional funding for Medicaid programs to alleviate increasing state budget deficits.
k) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional funding needed to implement these priorities.