Representative G.K. Butterfield, Jr.'s Political Positions

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

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Issue Positions

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

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  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/7269 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Butterfield helped to secure $400 million for North Carolina’s public schools by advocating the state be selected for US Department of Education Race to the Top funds." http://butterfield.house.gov/priorities/make-a-difference-in-nc-01 (butterfield.house.gov)
  • "Because education is essential to achieving success later in life, policymakers must ensure that K-12 institutions not only have the resources necessary to deliver a quality education, but also have measurements in place, like those created by the Race to the Top Program, to guarantee student achievement." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849862/issue-position-education/?search=race%20to%20the%20top#.VZrkSnUViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VpAjnbMjyCh (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1 (www.congress.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 10% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Congressional silence is not a sign of respect, but rather an institutional indictment. We must right this wrong. You must allow a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VZr1mXUViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This repeal vote is a waste of time and tax dollars. We all know that this bill will never pass the Senate, and the President would assuredly veto it. This is purely an act of political posturing, and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle should stop their obstruction." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/724670/repeal-of-obamacare-act#.VZr333UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act " https://www.congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-bill/3590 (www.congress.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Like many Americans, my views have evolved over time and I believe that committed adults – be them gay or straight – deserve to marry the person they love [...]" http://thehill.com/homenews/house/291097-bucking-the-trend-the-house-democrats-who-oppose-gay-marriage (thehill.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Vote Smart's Research

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

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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