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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 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. G.K. Butterfield, Jr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 issue positions, from the year 2014, 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

  • George Butterfield. IndyWeek.com: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "I am supportive of a woman's right to choose. I do not support efforts of state government to institute demeaning or degrading barriers to access reproductive health care services." to the question: "Do you support women's reproductive rights, including the "right to choose" as set out by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade? Do you support the recently passed state requirements on ultrasounds and waiting periods for women seeking an abortion? Do you support attempts to eliminate funds for Planned Parenthood?"
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave G.K. Butterfield a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • George Butterfield. IndyWeek.com: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "I am supportive of a woman's right to choose. I do not support efforts of state government to institute demeaning or degrading barriers to access reproductive health care services." to the question: "Do you support women's reproductive rights, including the "right to choose" as set out by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade? Do you support the recently passed state requirements on ultrasounds and waiting periods for women seeking an abortion? Do you support attempts to eliminate funds for Planned Parenthood?"
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave G.K. Butterfield a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 50 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "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. h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • George Butterfield. Bush Budget Bad News for Many. 7 February 2005. "To help pay for the tax cuts for the richest Americans President Bush wants to make cuts to health care, education, veterans' services, environmental protection, community development and support for our farmers," Butterfield said. "Simply put, this budget moves the country in the wrong direction." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. On The President's Budget And Debt. 13 February 2007. "Mr. Speaker, the President's 2008 budget will raise our debt by more than $1 trillion over the next 5 years. This proposed budget that we received last week from President Bush would make tax cuts for the wealthy permanent while cutting vital programs that are important to middle-class families. To help pay for the nearly $2 trillion in tax cuts over the next 10 years, the budget substantially cuts Medicare and Medicaid, creating uncertainty for millions of seniors and low-income families who get their health insurance through these programs. The President's budget also shortchanges veterans' programs, cutting veterans' health care by $3.5 billion over 5 years and providing less than veterans service organizations say is needed to meet the growing needs of our veterans, including those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Tax Increases Loom. 30 November 2010. "Madam Speaker, 98 percent of American families face a tax increase on January 1, 2011. That's right; 98 percent. Democrats are prepared this week to prevent that from happening. Our recovery demands keeping as much income as possible in the hands of those who need it the most--America's middle class. By extending the middle class tax cuts, we can protect American families and strengthen our economy. But with a national debt already exceeding $13 trillion, we simply cannot afford to borrow $700 billion needed to cut taxes for the 2 percent richest families in America. It is also important to remember that the richest Americans would still receive substantial tax cuts on the first $250,000 of their income." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Butterfield Comments on State of the Union. 2 February 2005. "If the Republicans had not forced through nearly $2 trillion in irresponsible tax breaks for the rich, we could have ensured the solvency of the Social Security program for the next 75 years. They borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for those tax cuts, and that's a betrayal of trust. It's time to start paying that money back." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Butterfield Rejects Budget that Hurts North Carolina's Working Families. 17 March 2005. "Health care, education, veterans' services and support for our farmers would all see deep cuts to make up for the cost of President Bush's tax cuts for the richest Americans. This proposal mirrors President Bush's budget, but I do not believe it reflects the values and priorities of our working families." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Ryan Budget is Shameful. 27 March 2012. "Mr. BUTTERFIELD. Madam Speaker, the Republican budget cuts at least $3.3 trillion from low-income programs over the next 10 years while it increases the defense budget. It reduces taxes to a level that will wreak havoc on the Federal Treasury...Madam Speaker, the Ryan budget is absolutely shameful and misleading. House Democrats will fight it to the end." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Video: Statement of Fair Tax Distribution. 21 June 2012. "We are at a crossroad in America where we must decide if we're going to continue building economic recovery on the backs of middle- and low-income families, or whether we're going to ask wealthy Americans to join in the sacrifice by paying their fair share. [¦] Changing our nation's tax policies is not about redistribution of wealth. It's about fairness, doing what's best for the American people. [¦] I urge my colleagues to insist that all Americans, including the rich, share the pain of this recovery." (www.youtube.com)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 50 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "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. h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • George Butterfield. Bush Budget Bad News for Many. 7 February 2005. "To help pay for the tax cuts for the richest Americans President Bush wants to make cuts to health care, education, veterans' services, environmental protection, community development and support for our farmers," Butterfield said. "Simply put, this budget moves the country in the wrong direction." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. On The President's Budget And Debt. 13 February 2007. "Mr. Speaker, the President's 2008 budget will raise our debt by more than $1 trillion over the next 5 years. This proposed budget that we received last week from President Bush would make tax cuts for the wealthy permanent while cutting vital programs that are important to middle-class families. To help pay for the nearly $2 trillion in tax cuts over the next 10 years, the budget substantially cuts Medicare and Medicaid, creating uncertainty for millions of seniors and low-income families who get their health insurance through these programs. The President's budget also shortchanges veterans' programs, cutting veterans' health care by $3.5 billion over 5 years and providing less than veterans service organizations say is needed to meet the growing needs of our veterans, including those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Tax Increases Loom. 30 November 2010. "Madam Speaker, 98 percent of American families face a tax increase on January 1, 2011. That's right; 98 percent. Democrats are prepared this week to prevent that from happening. Our recovery demands keeping as much income as possible in the hands of those who need it the most--America's middle class. By extending the middle class tax cuts, we can protect American families and strengthen our economy. But with a national debt already exceeding $13 trillion, we simply cannot afford to borrow $700 billion needed to cut taxes for the 2 percent richest families in America. It is also important to remember that the richest Americans would still receive substantial tax cuts on the first $250,000 of their income." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Butterfield Comments on State of the Union. 2 February 2005. "If the Republicans had not forced through nearly $2 trillion in irresponsible tax breaks for the rich, we could have ensured the solvency of the Social Security program for the next 75 years. They borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for those tax cuts, and that's a betrayal of trust. It's time to start paying that money back." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Butterfield Rejects Budget that Hurts North Carolina's Working Families. 17 March 2005. "Health care, education, veterans' services and support for our farmers would all see deep cuts to make up for the cost of President Bush's tax cuts for the richest Americans. This proposal mirrors President Bush's budget, but I do not believe it reflects the values and priorities of our working families." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Ryan Budget is Shameful. 27 March 2012. "Mr. BUTTERFIELD. Madam Speaker, the Republican budget cuts at least $3.3 trillion from low-income programs over the next 10 years while it increases the defense budget. It reduces taxes to a level that will wreak havoc on the Federal Treasury...Madam Speaker, the Ryan budget is absolutely shameful and misleading. House Democrats will fight it to the end." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Video: Statement of Fair Tax Distribution. 21 June 2012. "We are at a crossroad in America where we must decide if we're going to continue building economic recovery on the backs of middle- and low-income families, or whether we're going to ask wealthy Americans to join in the sacrifice by paying their fair share. [¦] Changing our nation's tax policies is not about redistribution of wealth. It's about fairness, doing what's best for the American people. [¦] I urge my colleagues to insist that all Americans, including the rich, share the pain of this recovery." (www.youtube.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Butterfield. Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Provides Needed Jumpstart. 24 January 2008. "Congressman G. K. Butterfield said that he strongly supports the bipartisan economic stimulus package in the hopes it will help stimulate the slowing American economy. 'The goals were to provide working Americans struggling in these difficult economic times with timely, targeted and temporary relief and to quickly give our economy a shot in the arm," Butterfield said. "This package provides a strong bipartisan effort to accomplish these goals.'" (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. G.K. Butterfield voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave G.K. Butterfield a rating of 3 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • George Butterfield. Conference Report on H.R. 1, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 13 February 2009. "Mr. Speaker, no one disputes that we're in an economic crisis. It continues to deepen. Families are hurting. In my home State of North Carolina, more than one-third of our 100 counties are now suffering from double-digit unemployment, including 10 of those counties in the First Congressional District. Without question, we need to quickly pass this stimulus bill this afternoon which will put people back to work, provide relief for the people who need it the most and make investments in our future. Americans demanded change last November. And we must answer that call today. I urge my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on this conference report." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Congress Works Fast to Address Economic Downturn, but More Work Needs to be Done. 13 February 2008. "Mr. Speaker, today President Bush will sign our bipartisan economic stimulus legislation into law. Getting this bill done quickly is a victory for the American people that will inject confidence and consumer demands, promote economic growth and create jobs. 130 million low- and middle-income Americans will receive tax rebates in the coming months. These rebates are welcome relief to many families who are struggling in this economy. Family incomes and home prices are down as health care and energy, food and education costs and mortgage foreclosures have climbed. Economists estimate that every dollar included in these rebate checks will lead to $1.26 in economic growth. The new law should also help create 500,000 new jobs by year's end. 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. We will also develop a plan for additional assistance, which could include extension of unemployment benefits, food stamps, State and local assistance, and Medicaid." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Congressman G. K. Butterfied's Response to President's State of the Union. 28 January 2008. "It's encouraging to see President Bush's admission that there is a problem with the economy, rather than continuing to pretend everything is wonderful. The House, Senate and President Bush have already reached a bipartisan agreement on an economic stimulus package that would quickly provide working Americans struggling in these difficult economic times with timely, targeted and temporary relief. As the legislation works its way through Congress, we must be sure to include rebates for seniors, a temporary increase in Food Stamps and an extension of unemployment benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. E-Newsletters Tax Cuts. 19 April 2010. "While no one welcomes tax season, 98% of taxpayers are seeing lower taxes this year. Beginning with the Recovery Act, which cut taxes by $288 billion, Congress has enacted a number of tax cuts aimed at creating jobs and boosting businesses. 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. Our economy still has a long way to go before we achieve a full recovery, but the tax cuts already enacted are injecting consumer demand into the economy and spurring job creation. All totaled, Congress has enacted more than $800 billion in tax cuts, with another $285 billion making their way through Congress, such as permanent estate tax relief and the research and development tax credit to spur business innovation." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Provides Needed Jumpstart. 24 January 2008. "Congressman G. K. Butterfield said that he strongly supports the bipartisan economic stimulus package in the hopes it will help stimulate the slowing American economy. 'The goals were to provide working Americans struggling in these difficult economic times with timely, targeted and temporary relief and to quickly give our economy a shot in the arm," Butterfield said. "This package provides a strong bipartisan effort to accomplish these goals.'" (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. G.K. Butterfield voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave G.K. Butterfield a rating of 3 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • George Butterfield. Conference Report on H.R. 1, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 13 February 2009. "Mr. Speaker, no one disputes that we're in an economic crisis. It continues to deepen. Families are hurting. In my home State of North Carolina, more than one-third of our 100 counties are now suffering from double-digit unemployment, including 10 of those counties in the First Congressional District. Without question, we need to quickly pass this stimulus bill this afternoon which will put people back to work, provide relief for the people who need it the most and make investments in our future. Americans demanded change last November. And we must answer that call today. I urge my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on this conference report." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Congress Works Fast to Address Economic Downturn, but More Work Needs to be Done. 13 February 2008. "Mr. Speaker, today President Bush will sign our bipartisan economic stimulus legislation into law. Getting this bill done quickly is a victory for the American people that will inject confidence and consumer demands, promote economic growth and create jobs. 130 million low- and middle-income Americans will receive tax rebates in the coming months. These rebates are welcome relief to many families who are struggling in this economy. Family incomes and home prices are down as health care and energy, food and education costs and mortgage foreclosures have climbed. Economists estimate that every dollar included in these rebate checks will lead to $1.26 in economic growth. The new law should also help create 500,000 new jobs by year's end. 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. We will also develop a plan for additional assistance, which could include extension of unemployment benefits, food stamps, State and local assistance, and Medicaid." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Congressman G. K. Butterfied's Response to President's State of the Union. 28 January 2008. "It's encouraging to see President Bush's admission that there is a problem with the economy, rather than continuing to pretend everything is wonderful. The House, Senate and President Bush have already reached a bipartisan agreement on an economic stimulus package that would quickly provide working Americans struggling in these difficult economic times with timely, targeted and temporary relief. As the legislation works its way through Congress, we must be sure to include rebates for seniors, a temporary increase in Food Stamps and an extension of unemployment benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. E-Newsletters Tax Cuts. 19 April 2010. "While no one welcomes tax season, 98% of taxpayers are seeing lower taxes this year. Beginning with the Recovery Act, which cut taxes by $288 billion, Congress has enacted a number of tax cuts aimed at creating jobs and boosting businesses. 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. Our economy still has a long way to go before we achieve a full recovery, but the tax cuts already enacted are injecting consumer demand into the economy and spurring job creation. All totaled, Congress has enacted more than $800 billion in tax cuts, with another $285 billion making their way through Congress, such as permanent estate tax relief and the research and development tax credit to spur business innovation." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Education. 26 October 2011. "As the son of an educator, I know that education is the best investment that we can make in our future. Unfortunately, the federal government continues to fall short on the promises to provide the resources needed in our schools. Education is the cornerstone to building America's future. We must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms. At the same time, we must work to reduce class size, put in place the means for students to attain higher education, and make sure that we have the best trained, most qualified teachers in the world. I am committed to providing high quality education to all of America's students, creating a nation ready for the challenges of the 21st century." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Butterfield Cheers North Carolina's Waiver to No Child Left Behind. 30 May 2012. "Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today cheered the U.S. Department of Education for granting North Carolina flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) due to its commitment to prepare all students for college and career, and support effective teaching. 'This waiver will allow North Carolina educators increased autonomy to implement a more tailored, need specific approach to education,' said Butterfield. 'I commend the state for its continued dedication to academic achievement, and its valiant effort to improve the quality of education statewide.' North Carolina, along with seven additional states, will receive more flexibility with federal funds, and would no longer be confined to the one-size-fits-all federal mandate under NCLB. This brings the number of states with waivers to 19." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Education. 26 October 2011. "America's economic strength and future depend on ensuing a high-quality education for all children. We must make a strong commitment to education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education and modernizing our classrooms. We must also work to reduce class size, increase access to higher education and make sure we have the best-trained, most qualified teachers in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "d) Education"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "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. d) Education"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Education. 26 October 2011. "As the son of an educator, I know that education is the best investment that we can make in our future. Unfortunately, the federal government continues to fall short on the promises to provide the resources needed in our schools. Education is the cornerstone to building America's future. We must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms. At the same time, we must work to reduce class size, put in place the means for students to attain higher education, and make sure that we have the best trained, most qualified teachers in the world. I am committed to providing high quality education to all of America's students, creating a nation ready for the challenges of the 21st century." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Butterfield Cheers North Carolina's Waiver to No Child Left Behind. 30 May 2012. "Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today cheered the U.S. Department of Education for granting North Carolina flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) due to its commitment to prepare all students for college and career, and support effective teaching. 'This waiver will allow North Carolina educators increased autonomy to implement a more tailored, need specific approach to education,' said Butterfield. 'I commend the state for its continued dedication to academic achievement, and its valiant effort to improve the quality of education statewide.' North Carolina, along with seven additional states, will receive more flexibility with federal funds, and would no longer be confined to the one-size-fits-all federal mandate under NCLB. This brings the number of states with waivers to 19." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Education. 26 October 2011. "America's economic strength and future depend on ensuing a high-quality education for all children. We must make a strong commitment to education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education and modernizing our classrooms. We must also work to reduce class size, increase access to higher education and make sure we have the best-trained, most qualified teachers in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "d) Education"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "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. d) Education"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Welcoming the 13th Annual Renewable Energy Efficiency Exp. 20 May 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 13th Annual Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo here on Capitol Hill. As we struggle with rising energy costs and the BP oil spill, we are reminded every day about the importance of a sustainable energy policy. This important event will bring together nearly 50 businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations to showcase the enormous potential of renewable energy and energy efficient technology. As we search for ways to stimulate the economy, create green jobs, lower costs, reduce reliance on energy imports, and lessen the threats posed by the emission of greenhouse gas emissions, we must pay attention to this." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Energy and Climate Change. 26 October 2011. "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. Americans need and deserve an energy policy that prioritizes clean, low-cost, domestic sources of energy. The American people are rightly depending on Congress to provide commonsense ideas that help drive the new green energy economy and holds polluters accountable. We can accomplish this through a market-based approach to capping carbon emissions that provides businesses the flexibility and time needed to adopt cleaner energy sources and production techniques." (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 allowance allocation in this act accomplishes the difficult and necessary balance of assuring environmental integrity while easing the transition cost for the covered entities and thus easing the cost for consumers. And so yes, there will be free allocations. Criticism that the free allocation of credits in the early years of this program allows polluting companies off the hook could not be further from the truth. 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. 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. "The world in eight months will witness the Olympics. They will be in China, the country that now holds the distinction of being by some estimation the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gasses. China's capital, which is the city of Beijing, is currently attempting at this late hour to reduce its crippling level of smog and pollution. And so athletes traveling there will be able to compete without covering their faces. I'm not sure if the Chinese will get things under control by then, but the point is that this country, the United States, cannot chastise the Chinese for their chronically bad pollution levels because we are in no better position than they are to throw accusations. Since the beginning of this Administration, it has consistently undermined world bodies that were put in place to facilitate order and compromise on some of the world's most pressing concerns." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009. 26 June 2009. "Madam Speaker, the House of Representatives is ready today to pass this historic legislation that will literally save the planet. You can call it a cap-and-tax all you want. You can say that the science does not support this legislation. You can say that the scientists are wrong. But I say, Republicans are wrong on this issue. We cannot afford to wait any longer to enact this legislation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Chairman Waxman and Chairman Markey should each be commended for their extraordinary work in reaching a good compromise that will now allow this legislation to advance to the other body." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). G.K. Butterfield voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsed G.K. Butterfield in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed G.K. Butterfield in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Welcoming the 13th Annual Renewable Energy Efficiency Exp. 20 May 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 13th Annual Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo here on Capitol Hill. As we struggle with rising energy costs and the BP oil spill, we are reminded every day about the importance of a sustainable energy policy. This important event will bring together nearly 50 businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations to showcase the enormous potential of renewable energy and energy efficient technology. As we search for ways to stimulate the economy, create green jobs, lower costs, reduce reliance on energy imports, and lessen the threats posed by the emission of greenhouse gas emissions, we must pay attention to this." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Energy and Climate Change. 26 October 2011. "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. Americans need and deserve an energy policy that prioritizes clean, low-cost, domestic sources of energy. The American people are rightly depending on Congress to provide commonsense ideas that help drive the new green energy economy and holds polluters accountable. We can accomplish this through a market-based approach to capping carbon emissions that provides businesses the flexibility and time needed to adopt cleaner energy sources and production techniques." (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 allowance allocation in this act accomplishes the difficult and necessary balance of assuring environmental integrity while easing the transition cost for the covered entities and thus easing the cost for consumers. And so yes, there will be free allocations. Criticism that the free allocation of credits in the early years of this program allows polluting companies off the hook could not be further from the truth. 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. 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. "The world in eight months will witness the Olympics. They will be in China, the country that now holds the distinction of being by some estimation the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gasses. China's capital, which is the city of Beijing, is currently attempting at this late hour to reduce its crippling level of smog and pollution. And so athletes traveling there will be able to compete without covering their faces. I'm not sure if the Chinese will get things under control by then, but the point is that this country, the United States, cannot chastise the Chinese for their chronically bad pollution levels because we are in no better position than they are to throw accusations. Since the beginning of this Administration, it has consistently undermined world bodies that were put in place to facilitate order and compromise on some of the world's most pressing concerns." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009. 26 June 2009. "Madam Speaker, the House of Representatives is ready today to pass this historic legislation that will literally save the planet. You can call it a cap-and-tax all you want. You can say that the science does not support this legislation. You can say that the scientists are wrong. But I say, Republicans are wrong on this issue. We cannot afford to wait any longer to enact this legislation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Chairman Waxman and Chairman Markey should each be commended for their extraordinary work in reaching a good compromise that will now allow this legislation to advance to the other body." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). G.K. Butterfield voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsed G.K. Butterfield in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed G.K. Butterfield in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • G.K. Butterfield. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. G.K. Butterfield voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave G.K. Butterfield a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. G.K. Butterfield voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave G.K. Butterfield a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Health Care. 26 October 2011. "As a result of the Affordable Care Act, families will soon be free from the constant worry that they will not be able to get health care when they need it the most. But repealing the law would strip Americans of this new freedom and take us back to the days when big insurance companies had the power to decide what care residents of North Carolina could receive--allowing them to once again deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, cancel coverage when people get sick, and place limits on the amount of care people can get, even if they need it. Without the law, insurance companies could overcharge for insurance just to boost their profits, or use fine print to deny medical treatments that are covered under people's policies. In addition, repealing the law would increase the national debt by at least a trillion dollars to the deficit, which Americans simply cannot afford." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Repeal of the Patients' Bill of Rights. 19 Januray 2011. "Mr. Speaker, today we continue debate on the Republicans' most unfortunate effort to repeal health care reform that we passed during the last Congress. This repeal will increase the deficit by $230 billion. No one disagrees with that but Republicans. That's why the Republican majority exempted this legislation from pay-as-you-go budgeting. You know this repeal will increase the deficit. Keeping the law in its present form not only decreases the deficit but will provide 32 million uninsured Americans the opportunity to obtain insurance and provide dependable coverage for their families; it allows children to remain on their family's policy to age 26; it closes the doughnut hole, and it does so much more." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield.Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, as we debate the Republican proposal to repeal health care reform, I hope--I truly hope--that the American people will open their eyes and realize that this legislation will put insurance companies back in charge of their health care. I don't know about my friends on the other side. I don't know what kind of districts you represent, but I represent a low-wealth rural district in eastern North Carolina. My constituents need affordable health insurance. They need access to health care now. In my district, this repeal would allow insurance companies to deny coverage to 261,000 individuals with preexisting conditions. It would eliminate health care tax credits for up to 11,600 small businesses and 193,000 families. The number of people without health insurance in my district would grow by 56,000 people. It would increase the costs to hospitals for uncompensated care by more than $65 million, and it would increase prescription drug costs for 7,300 seniors who hit the Medicare drug doughnut hole." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. IndyWeek.com: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "As a member of House Energy & Commerce Committee, I supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA) throughout its development, passage, and implementation. Our committee has broad jurisdiction, and is responsible for much of the law. The law will forever change health care access and delivery. It will insure 40 million Americans for the first time. It guarantees you cannot lose your insurance due to pre-existing conditions. It provides exchanges to compare and contrast the best insurance options for individuals, families, and businesses. The ACA provides unique subsidies for working families and individuals who may not otherwise be able to afford monthly premiums. I will continue to fight off Republican efforts to repeal or undermine the important consumer protections that are enacted in this law." to the question: "Would you support repeal of the Affordable Care Act? What reforms would you make to the health care system?"
  • George Butterfield. Full-Year. 18 February 2010. "My constituents, Mr. Chairman, overwhelmingly support the Affordable Care Act. Why? My constituents know that their insurance costs are soaring, exceeding more than 18 percent per year in increased costs. For those constituents who don't have insurance, they know that they will be able to qualify for Medicaid if their income is less than 133 percent of the Federal poverty line. My rural hospitals, Mr. Chairman, know that finally when patients walk into their emergency rooms, the hospitals will be paid for their care, and they will not continue to face bankruptcy. Mr. Chairman, this assault on the Affordable Care Act is unfounded, it's unnecessary; and I ask my colleagues to defeat this amendment. " (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina 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."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • George Butterfield. Congressman G. K. Butterfield's Statement on the House Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act. 19 January 2011. "Last year's passage of the Affordable Care Act was truly historic with roots tracing back almost 100 years. This full repeal would force that process to start all over, and take away many of the new health care protections and freedoms people are only just beginning to enjoy. From discrimination based on pre-existing conditions to lifetime limits on coverage, repeal would put insurance companies back in charge of health care. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, repeal would also increase the deficit by $230 billion over the next 10 years, and by over $1 trillion in the second 20 years. And, according to the Medicare Actuaries, the Affordable Care Act extended the solvency of Medicare by 12 years. Repeal would accelerate the insolvency of Medicare -- as well as increase drug costs for seniors in the donut hole and increase deductibles and co-pays for preventive services." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Give Health Care Reform a Chance to Work. 17 March 2011. "Mr. Speaker, 1 year ago, President Obama signed the historic Affordable Care Act into law. Since that time, we have seen an all-out assault by the special interests and health insurance companies. Americans are tired of this debate. They are tired of the misinformation. Congress must stand up for the middle class. We must protect families. We must stop companies from arbitrarily canceling coverage after patients become sick, prevent children from being denied coverage due to preexisting conditions, and never again let insurance companies place lifetime limits on health coverage. Mr. Speaker, let's give the reform a chance to work. Reject the special interests and extreme rhetoric. Make sure every American family is protected when it comes to health care." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Good News for Small Business on Health Insurance Reform. 18 May 2010. "The Affordable Care Act is providing tax credits, effective beginning in tax year 2010, for millions of American small businesses to help them offer health insurance coverage to their employees -- if they choose to do so. The IRS announced a number of tax credit details, including: that the new tax credit will not be reduced by a state health care tax credit or subsidy (except in limited circumstances to prevent abuse of the credit); small businesses can receive the credit not only for traditional health insurance coverage but also for add-on dental, vision, and other limited-scope coverage; and detailed guidance on how a small business can determine whether it is eligible and how large a credit it will receive under the reforms, North Carolina's small businesses can receive tax credits to cover 35 percent of the small business's premium costs this year, and 50 percent beginning in 2014. These businesses are not required to provide health insurance, but many want to in order to retain and recruit good workers. Affordable coverage for small businesses is a top priority, and Congress must make sure the reforms are working for them." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Health Care. 26 October 2011. "As a result of the Affordable Care Act, families will soon be free from the constant worry that they will not be able to get health care when they need it the most. But repealing the law would strip Americans of this new freedom and take us back to the days when big insurance companies had the power to decide what care residents of North Carolina could receive--allowing them to once again deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, cancel coverage when people get sick, and place limits on the amount of care people can get, even if they need it. Without the law, insurance companies could overcharge for insurance just to boost their profits, or use fine print to deny medical treatments that are covered under people's policies. In addition, repealing the law would increase the national debt by at least a trillion dollars to the deficit, which Americans simply cannot afford." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Repeal of the Patients' Bill of Rights. 19 Januray 2011. "Mr. Speaker, today we continue debate on the Republicans' most unfortunate effort to repeal health care reform that we passed during the last Congress. This repeal will increase the deficit by $230 billion. No one disagrees with that but Republicans. That's why the Republican majority exempted this legislation from pay-as-you-go budgeting. You know this repeal will increase the deficit. Keeping the law in its present form not only decreases the deficit but will provide 32 million uninsured Americans the opportunity to obtain insurance and provide dependable coverage for their families; it allows children to remain on their family's policy to age 26; it closes the doughnut hole, and it does so much more." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield.Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, as we debate the Republican proposal to repeal health care reform, I hope--I truly hope--that the American people will open their eyes and realize that this legislation will put insurance companies back in charge of their health care. I don't know about my friends on the other side. I don't know what kind of districts you represent, but I represent a low-wealth rural district in eastern North Carolina. My constituents need affordable health insurance. They need access to health care now. In my district, this repeal would allow insurance companies to deny coverage to 261,000 individuals with preexisting conditions. It would eliminate health care tax credits for up to 11,600 small businesses and 193,000 families. The number of people without health insurance in my district would grow by 56,000 people. It would increase the costs to hospitals for uncompensated care by more than $65 million, and it would increase prescription drug costs for 7,300 seniors who hit the Medicare drug doughnut hole." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Full-Year. 18 February 2010. "My constituents, Mr. Chairman, overwhelmingly support the Affordable Care Act. Why? My constituents know that their insurance costs are soaring, exceeding more than 18 percent per year in increased costs. For those constituents who don't have insurance, they know that they will be able to qualify for Medicaid if their income is less than 133 percent of the Federal poverty line. My rural hospitals, Mr. Chairman, know that finally when patients walk into their emergency rooms, the hospitals will be paid for their care, and they will not continue to face bankruptcy. Mr. Chairman, this assault on the Affordable Care Act is unfounded, it's unnecessary; and I ask my colleagues to defeat this amendment. " (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. IndyWeek.com: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "As a member of House Energy & Commerce Committee, I supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA) throughout its development, passage, and implementation. Our committee has broad jurisdiction, and is responsible for much of the law. The law will forever change health care access and delivery. It will insure 40 million Americans for the first time. It guarantees you cannot lose your insurance due to pre-existing conditions. It provides exchanges to compare and contrast the best insurance options for individuals, families, and businesses. The ACA provides unique subsidies for working families and individuals who may not otherwise be able to afford monthly premiums. I will continue to fight off Republican efforts to repeal or undermine the important consumer protections that are enacted in this law." to the question: "Would you support repeal of the Affordable Care Act? What reforms would you make to the health care system?"
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina 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."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • George Butterfield. Congressman G. K. Butterfield's Statement on the House Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act. 19 January 2011. "Last year's passage of the Affordable Care Act was truly historic with roots tracing back almost 100 years. This full repeal would force that process to start all over, and take away many of the new health care protections and freedoms people are only just beginning to enjoy. From discrimination based on pre-existing conditions to lifetime limits on coverage, repeal would put insurance companies back in charge of health care. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, repeal would also increase the deficit by $230 billion over the next 10 years, and by over $1 trillion in the second 20 years. And, according to the Medicare Actuaries, the Affordable Care Act extended the solvency of Medicare by 12 years. Repeal would accelerate the insolvency of Medicare -- as well as increase drug costs for seniors in the donut hole and increase deductibles and co-pays for preventive services." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Give Health Care Reform a Chance to Work. 17 March 2011. "Mr. Speaker, 1 year ago, President Obama signed the historic Affordable Care Act into law. Since that time, we have seen an all-out assault by the special interests and health insurance companies. Americans are tired of this debate. They are tired of the misinformation. Congress must stand up for the middle class. We must protect families. We must stop companies from arbitrarily canceling coverage after patients become sick, prevent children from being denied coverage due to preexisting conditions, and never again let insurance companies place lifetime limits on health coverage. Mr. Speaker, let's give the reform a chance to work. Reject the special interests and extreme rhetoric. Make sure every American family is protected when it comes to health care." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Good News for Small Business on Health Insurance Reform. 18 May 2010. "The Affordable Care Act is providing tax credits, effective beginning in tax year 2010, for millions of American small businesses to help them offer health insurance coverage to their employees -- if they choose to do so. The IRS announced a number of tax credit details, including: that the new tax credit will not be reduced by a state health care tax credit or subsidy (except in limited circumstances to prevent abuse of the credit); small businesses can receive the credit not only for traditional health insurance coverage but also for add-on dental, vision, and other limited-scope coverage; and detailed guidance on how a small business can determine whether it is eligible and how large a credit it will receive under the reforms, North Carolina's small businesses can receive tax credits to cover 35 percent of the small business's premium costs this year, and 50 percent beginning in 2014. These businesses are not required to provide health insurance, but many want to in order to retain and recruit good workers. Affordable coverage for small businesses is a top priority, and Congress must make sure the reforms are working for them." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. G.K. Butterfield voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • George Butterfield. IndyWeek.com: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "As a nation of immigrants, we must treat all of those who come from other countries with respect. With more than 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., we must adopt policies that encourage pathways to citizenship and expand efforts to document immigrants currently living in this country. Undocumented immigrants with a history of violent crime must be deported, and existing border security mechanisms should be strengthened. It is most important that the federal government take action to solve this problem, rather than state-by-state immigration initiatives." to the question: "Identify a principled stand you might be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters." (www.indyweek.com)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. G.K. Butterfield voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • George Butterfield. IndyWeek.com: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "As a nation of immigrants, we must treat all of those who come from other countries with respect. With more than 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., we must adopt policies that encourage pathways to citizenship and expand efforts to document immigrants currently living in this country. Undocumented immigrants with a history of violent crime must be deported, and existing border security mechanisms should be strengthened. It is most important that the federal government take action to solve this problem, rather than state-by-state immigration initiatives." to the question: "Identify a principled stand you might be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters." (www.indyweek.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Family Research Council 14 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). G.K. Butterfield voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. G.K. Butterfield voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. IndyWeek.com: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "I do not support the so-called "marriage amendment," and encourage the North Carolina State Legislature to take up a civil union measure." to the question: "What is your position on Amendment One?" (www.indyweek.com)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the American Family Association 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 76 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the American Family Association 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Family Research Council 14 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). G.K. Butterfield voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. G.K. Butterfield voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • George Butterfield. IndyWeek.com: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "I do not support the so-called "marriage amendment," and encourage the North Carolina State Legislature to take up a civil union measure." to the question: "What is your position on Amendment One?" (www.indyweek.com)
  • G.K. Butterfield. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. G.K. Butterfield voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 76 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • 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

  • George Butterfield. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "We are writing to request that you protect vital programs that comprise our social safety net, including but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, as well as the programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans [¦] It is imperative that we protect vital safety net programs and programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans, including those facing or living in poverty. The Census Bureau released data on September 13, 2011, revealing that 15 percent of Americans -- 46.2 million people across this country -- lived in poverty in 2010. This is the largest number of Americans living in poverty since the Census started collecting this data 52 years ago. For our nation's children under 18, 22 percent lived in poverty in 2010. That is 16.4 million children who do not know where their next meal is coming from, where they might be sleeping that night, and who are anxious overall about their well being and that of their parents." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. N.C. Democrats to Respond to President's Visit to Raleigh. 9 February 2005. "While the President has not yet provided specific details on his privatization plan, experts acknowledge that privatizing Social Security will result in benefit cuts of up to 50 percent for American workers. Privatization would also require the government to borrow upwards of $2 trillion to fund the changes to the system, adding to already record deficits. Not only do private accounts not address the Social Security shortfall predicted for 40 to 50 years in the future, they make the financial situation worse for Social Security and the overall federal budget." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Social Security. 26 October 2011. "Congress must work in a bipartisan manner to find solutions that ensure the long-term solvency of Social Security. 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. I strongly support sensible improvements like the Senior Citizens' Freedom to Work Act of 2000, which removed penalties in the Social Security rules for seniors who want to work past age 65." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Butterfield Comments on State of the Union. 2 February 2005. "I was most struck and concerned by President Bush's desire to dismantle Social Security as we know it. Instead, I want to save, strengthen and preserve Social Security for the future. We have to meet the challenges facing the program in ways that ensure that every American worker gets the benefits they paid for. It's what the President didn't say that concerns me. An attempt to create risky private accounts won't make up for the loss in benefits for millions of Americans, instead it would require borrowing more than $2 trillion from foreign countries like China and Japan, which would be added to the huge national debt. Not only do private accounts fail to address the Social Security shortfall predicted for 40 to 50 years into the future, they make the financial situation worse for Social Security and the overall federal budget. Moreover, privatization involves huge benefit cuts that the President neglects to mention in his sales pitch. A solution should make things better, not worse." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Social Security and Seniors. 26 October 2011 "All seniors should be able to retire with dignity. Social Security must be strengthened and protected, and Congress needs to work in a bipartisan manner to preserve its original purpose as a reliable source of income for American seniors. I continue to stand firmly opposed to privatization and reject the idea that the future of hard-working Americans should be left to the unpredictable fluctuations of financial markets." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina 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 themselves."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • George Butterfield. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "We are writing to request that you protect vital programs that comprise our social safety net, including but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, as well as the programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans [¦] It is imperative that we protect vital safety net programs and programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans, including those facing or living in poverty. The Census Bureau released data on September 13, 2011, revealing that 15 percent of Americans -- 46.2 million people across this country -- lived in poverty in 2010. This is the largest number of Americans living in poverty since the Census started collecting this data 52 years ago. For our nation's children under 18, 22 percent lived in poverty in 2010. That is 16.4 million children who do not know where their next meal is coming from, where they might be sleeping that night, and who are anxious overall about their well being and that of their parents." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "G.K. Butterfield supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina 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 themselves."
  • G.K. Butterfield. Project Vote Smart: 2010 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Social Security and Seniors. 26 October 2011 "All seniors should be able to retire with dignity. Social Security must be strengthened and protected, and Congress needs to work in a bipartisan manner to preserve its original purpose as a reliable source of income for American seniors. I continue to stand firmly opposed to privatization and reject the idea that the future of hard-working Americans should be left to the unpredictable fluctuations of financial markets." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Butterfield Comments on State of the Union. 2 February 2005. "I was most struck and concerned by President Bush's desire to dismantle Social Security as we know it. Instead, I want to save, strengthen and preserve Social Security for the future. We have to meet the challenges facing the program in ways that ensure that every American worker gets the benefits they paid for. It's what the President didn't say that concerns me. An attempt to create risky private accounts won't make up for the loss in benefits for millions of Americans, instead it would require borrowing more than $2 trillion from foreign countries like China and Japan, which would be added to the huge national debt. Not only do private accounts fail to address the Social Security shortfall predicted for 40 to 50 years into the future, they make the financial situation worse for Social Security and the overall federal budget. Moreover, privatization involves huge benefit cuts that the President neglects to mention in his sales pitch. A solution should make things better, not worse." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Issue Position: Social Security. 26 October 2011. "Congress must work in a bipartisan manner to find solutions that ensure the long-term solvency of Social Security. 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. I strongly support sensible improvements like the Senior Citizens' Freedom to Work Act of 2000, which removed penalties in the Social Security rules for seniors who want to work past age 65." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. N.C. Democrats to Respond to President's Visit to Raleigh. 9 February 2005. "While the President has not yet provided specific details on his privatization plan, experts acknowledge that privatizing Social Security will result in benefit cuts of up to 50 percent for American workers. Privatization would also require the government to borrow upwards of $2 trillion to fund the changes to the system, adding to already record deficits. Not only do private accounts not address the Social Security shortfall predicted for 40 to 50 years in the future, they make the financial situation worse for Social Security and the overall federal budget." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Social Security. 22 July 2010. "Mr. Speaker, in 1935, President Roosevelt and a Democratic Congress envisioned and passed a safety net for senior citizens and the disabled. We call it Social Security. It has worked well, and I cannot imagine what we would be as a Nation without it. The cash flows of the fund will see a deficit in just a few years because of the aging of the baby boom generation. We will fix this problem, and hopefully, our Republican colleagues will work with us for a bipartisan solution. In December, I'm confident that the President's fiscal commission will present well-conceived ideas. We must use their recommendations to develop a bipartisan solution to protect Social Security. When those recommendations are presented, bipartisanship must prevail. Partisanship must take a hike." (votesmart.org)
  • George Butterfield. Social Security. 22 July 2010. "Mr. Speaker, in 1935, President Roosevelt and a Democratic Congress envisioned and passed a safety net for senior citizens and the disabled. We call it Social Security. It has worked well, and I cannot imagine what we would be as a Nation without it. The cash flows of the fund will see a deficit in just a few years because of the aging of the baby boom generation. We will fix this problem, and hopefully, our Republican colleagues will work with us for a bipartisan solution. In December, I'm confident that the President's fiscal commission will present well-conceived ideas. We must use their recommendations to develop a bipartisan solution to protect Social Security. When those recommendations are presented, bipartisanship must prevail. Partisanship must take a hike." (votesmart.org)

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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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