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G.K. Butterfield, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 1, Democratic
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G.K. Butterfield, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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 issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/7269 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] the President's proposals tonight for free community college, paid sick leave, tax hikes on the rich, tax cuts for the middle-class, and expanded broadband deployment will only accelerate our progress. It ensures that every American, not just the wealthy, has the tools to achieve their version of the American dream." http://butterfield.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/butterfield-statement-on-the-state-of-the-union-address (butterfield.house.gov)
  • Wilson Times "'People can expect to have less disposable income, and it’s all because Republicans do not want to raise taxes on those couples making more than $250,000 a year [...]" http://www.wilsontimes.com/News/Feature/FriendlyPrint/Butterfield-weighs-in-on-fiscal-cliff (www.wilsontimes.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] Congressman Butterfield has worked hard to provide high speed broadband to rural communities in the First District so residents are able to compete in the global marketplace. Congressman Butterfield also recognizes that strengthening the transportation infrastructure in rural communities in eastern North Carolina is key to economic development. Additionally, providing agricultural producers with access to world markets, employment increase, federal assistance and new methods of production are critical if rural communities like many in the First District are to thrive." http://butterfield.house.gov/priorities/grow-our-economy-and-creating-jobs (butterfield.house.gov)
  • "Mr. Speaker, this economic stimulus package is a good first start, but this Congress will take additional action to help American workers and help our economy recover." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/320183/#.VpQV3rMjzb0 (votesmart.org)
  • "The EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term economic growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809844/butterfield-applauds-14m-economic-development-grant-for-washington-nc/?search=invest#.VZrcMnUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tax relief for both families and businesses is an integral part of our nation's economic recovery, and we must continue working to create jobs and rebuild the economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/502454/e-newsletters-tax-cuts#.VZreLHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] the President's proposals tonight for free community college, paid sick leave, tax hikes on the rich, tax cuts for the middle-class, and expanded broadband deployment will only accelerate our progress. It ensures that every American, not just the wealthy, has the tools to achieve their version of the American dream." http://butterfield.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/butterfield-statement-on-the-state-of-the-union-address (butterfield.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5140 "Economic Stimulus Plan" https://www.congress.gov/bill/110th-congress/house-bill/5140 (www.congress.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Butterfield helped to secure $400 million for North Carolina’s public schools by advocating the state be selected for US Department of Education Race to the Top funds." http://butterfield.house.gov/priorities/make-a-difference-in-nc-01 (butterfield.house.gov)
  • "Because education is essential to achieving success later in life, policymakers must ensure that K-12 institutions not only have the resources necessary to deliver a quality education, but also have measurements in place, like those created by the Race to the Top Program, to guarantee student achievement." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849862/issue-position-education/?search=race%20to%20the%20top#.VZrkSnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VpAjnbMjyCh (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1 (www.congress.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Investing in renewable fuel creates jobs and stimulates economic development while having the added benefit of lowering our carbon footprint and reducing our dependence on foreign oil." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/798706/butterfield-cheers-epas-approval-of-renewable-fuel-source-that-will-lead-to-job-creation/?search=renewable#.VZrpHXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We must invest in the country's future by investing in renewable and clean energy sources that will create a sustainable and affordable energy future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/696625/butterfields-address-to-energy-summit-pushes-for-a-new-energy-economy/?search=renewable#.VZrnVXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I strongly support developing legislation that seizes the opportunity to fuel the development of renewable energy and the new green energy economy while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gases." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/572252/issue-position-energy-and-global-climate-change/?search=climate%20change#.VZrrNXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" https://www.congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-bill/2454 (www.congress.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 10% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Congressional silence is not a sign of respect, but rather an institutional indictment. We must right this wrong. You must allow a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VZr1mXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This repeal vote is a waste of time and tax dollars. We all know that this bill will never pass the Senate, and the President would assuredly veto it. This is purely an act of political posturing, and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle should stop their obstruction." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/724670/repeal-of-obamacare-act#.VZr333UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act " https://www.congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-bill/3590 (www.congress.gov)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We've got to find a way to provide a safety net and a path to citizenship for many of these individuals." http://atlantadailyworld.com/2014/11/21/will-president-barack-obamas-plans-for-immigration-adversely-impact-black-employment-video-2/ (atlantadailyworld.com)
  • Rated 100% by the National Council of La Raza http://votesmart.org/interest-group/956/rating/7579 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Like many Americans, my views have evolved over time and I believe that committed adults – be them gay or straight – deserve to marry the person they love [...]" http://thehill.com/homenews/house/291097-bucking-the-trend-the-house-democrats-who-oppose-gay-marriage (thehill.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Social Security is one of the most important and successful programs ever created by the federal government so I oppose jeopardizing it by reducing benefits or risky privatization schemes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/387663/#.VZsBhXUViko (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

North Carolina Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage 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.

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles
1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Maintain Status4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
2) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoInferred Answer 3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations
  • George Butterfield. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: George Butterfield voted NO on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?"
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. George Butterfield supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 2 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: George Butterfield voted YES on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)
4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
d) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
a) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
d) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
e) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
f) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations
  • George Butterfield. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes."
  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. George Butterfield supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 80 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
d) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations
  • George Butterfield. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act;" "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act;" "c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land;" "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil);" "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles;" "i) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution. j) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel."
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. George Butterfield supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 2007. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. George Butterfield supported the interests of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2007. (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: George Butterfield voted YES on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Hearing of the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee - Administration Perspectives on United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali. 17 January 2008. "We've all heard the phrase, Mr. Chairman, about kicking the can down the road. Well, I'm worried that if we don't take immediate action on this subject, there won't be much of a can to kick anymore, or even a road for that matter. Thankfully, parties were able to agree upon a framework for continuing discussions by way of the ad hoc working group that will meet at least four times this year, and it is my sincere hope that the U.S. will have something more substantive to contribute in April than an innocuous agreement on technology transfer with other nations." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Hearing of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee - Allowance Allocation Policies in Climate Legislation: Assisting Consumers, Investing in a Clean Energy Future, and Adapting to Climate Change. 9 June 2009. "The overall cap ensures greenhouse gas emitters will reduce their emissions. This law forces utility -- electric utilities and petroleum refiners and steel companies and paper and chemical manufacturers to make investments, substantial investments, in energy efficiency and cleaner fuels whether or not the credits are auctioned. Now, throughout consideration of this issue I have spoken repeatedly about the necessity to protect consumers from price hikes resulting from this legislation. The allocation accomplishes this by devoting resources to regulated LDCs whose bylaws require that they pass the value along to the consumers. Most importantly, the poorest Americans who contributed least to this problem and are least able to endure any increases in cost are held harmless. I am satisfied of that. The 15 percent allowance value devoted to these struggling households guarantee the recoupment of any lost purchasing power and does not phase out over the life of the program. This critical component is essential to a fair and balanced policy that achieves the long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while keeping struggling consumers free from irreparable economic harm." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act. 4 August 2007. "Mr. Chairman, I am proud of the Democratic majority for its boldness in bringing this Energy Bill to the House floor on this Saturday morning. You know, 20 years ago it was the academics that were talking about energy independence and climate change. Today, it is a conversation all across America and the American people are expecting us to do something about it. This Energy Bill is not a perfect bill but it is a responsible piece of legislation. It represents the views of competing interests and it begins us on that long road to energy independence." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Energy. "Congress must enact comprehensive legislation to protect our nation from the serious economic and strategic risks associated with our reliance on foreign oil. Policies advancing energy and climate security must promote economic recovery efforts, accelerate job creation and drive clean energy manufacturing. America's reliance on oil poses a threat to our national and economic security. Too often, our economy struggles with rise and fall in the price of oil. We must commit to an economic future that is independent of the risk and unpredictability of oil markets. We must invest in clean energy sources that curb our dependence on fossil fuels and make America energy independent. Currently, U.S. consumers export $400 billion a year to pay for foreign oil, and those costs are expected to increase by $420 billion annually within the next 5 years if we do nothing to reduce our dependence on oil and fossil fuels -- a $3,500 a year increase for every family in the nation. It is critical that Congress take a comprehensive approach to America's energy policy that will create millions of new clean energy jobs, save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, enhance America's energy independence, and cut pollution." (votesmart.org)
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • George Butterfield. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: George Butterfield voted NO on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns;" "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns;" "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows;" "i) Establish a national database of ballistic 'fingerprints' to track guns used in criminal activities;" "j) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims."
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave George Butterfield a grade of F. (votesmart.org)
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
d) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. George Butterfield supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 8 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. George Butterfield supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 80 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
b) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
c) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
c) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
e) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
i) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations
  • George Butterfield. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected NO for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • George Butterfield. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • George Butterfield. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: George Butterfield voted NO on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
b) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
d) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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