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

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 1, Democratic
G.K. Butterfield, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Butterfield also serves on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce and helped author the Affordable Care Act which protects the medical rights of women and prevents insurance companies from discriminating against them." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/997711/issue-position-promote-womens-economic-agenda/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.WphwQGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Butterfield also serves on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce and helped author the Affordable Care Act which protects the medical rights of women and prevents insurance companies from discriminating against them." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/997711/issue-position-promote-womens-economic-agenda/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.WphwQGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The GOP tax bill that passed the House today means millions of North Carolinians will lose out to corporate interests and the richest Americans. House Republicans today voted to raise taxes on 86 million families in order to hand 83 percent of the tax benefits to the wealthiest one percent of Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1215685/butterfield-statement-on-house-passage-of-gop-tax-scam/?search=dreamers#.Wph3hGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of working toward comprehensive improvements to the tax code that would benefit the majority of Americans, this plan would hand trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations. We should be doing everything we can to support working families through tax reform and job creation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196871/butterfield-statement-on-trump-tax-plan/?search=tax%20cuts#.Wph3_We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The GOP tax bill that passed the House today means millions of North Carolinians will lose out to corporate interests and the richest Americans. House Republicans today voted to raise taxes on 86 million families in order to hand 83 percent of the tax benefits to the wealthiest one percent of Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1215685/butterfield-statement-on-house-passage-of-gop-tax-scam/?search=dreamers#.Wph3hGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "#ThingsTrumpWontTalkAbout His tax bill hands 83 Percent of the tax cuts to the wealthiest 1 percent. #SOTU" https://twitter.com/GKButterfield/status/958526709820739585 (twitter.com)
  • "Instead of working toward comprehensive improvements to the tax code that would benefit the majority of Americans, this plan would hand trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations. We should be doing everything we can to support working families through tax reform and job creation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196871/butterfield-statement-on-trump-tax-plan/?search=tax%20cuts#.Wph3_We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "#ThingsTrumpWontTalkAbout His tax bill hands 83 Percent of the tax cuts to the wealthiest 1 percent. #SOTU" https://twitter.com/GKButterfield/status/958526709820739585 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While I share Governor McCrory's position that we must prevent harmful cuts to the military budget, he forgets that sequestration's crippling effect is not exclusive to our military. These cuts are also devastating for low-income and poor North Carolina families." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/831342/butterfield-urges-north-carolina-governor-pat-mccrory-to-take-a-public-position-opposing-all-sequestration-cuts-mccrory-declines/?search=defense%20budget#.Wph7I2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] the Republican budget that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today does not represent compromise. In fact, it is the opposite of compromise. It cuts at least $3.3 trillion from low-income programs over the next ten years, increases the defense budget, and reduces taxes to a level that will starve the federal treasury." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/681198/butterfield-votes-against-republican-budget-in-an-effort-to-protect-social-safety-nets/?search=defense%20budget#.Wph7XWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] the Republican budget that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today does not represent compromise. In fact, it is the opposite of compromise. It cuts at least $3.3 trillion from low-income programs over the next ten years, increases the defense budget, and reduces taxes to a level that will starve the federal treasury." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/681198/butterfield-votes-against-republican-budget-in-an-effort-to-protect-social-safety-nets/?search=defense%20budget#.Wph7XWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While I share Governor McCrory's position that we must prevent harmful cuts to the military budget, he forgets that sequestration's crippling effect is not exclusive to our military. These cuts are also devastating for low-income and poor North Carolina families." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/831342/butterfield-urges-north-carolina-governor-pat-mccrory-to-take-a-public-position-opposing-all-sequestration-cuts-mccrory-declines/?search=defense%20budget#.Wph7I2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Freedom of speech is one of the most important tenets of our Constitution; however, extending this right to corporations and eliminating limits on individual campaign contributions has the unintended effect of empowering the wealthy and special interest groups at the cost of the common American." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/864419/butterfield-says-scotus-ruling-on-mccutcheon-v-fec-is-a-145cruel-april-fools-joke/?search=citizens%20united#.Wphy_Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by End Citizens United https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Freedom of speech is one of the most important tenets of our Constitution; however, extending this right to corporations and eliminating limits on individual campaign contributions has the unintended effect of empowering the wealthy and special interest groups at the cost of the common American." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/864419/butterfield-says-scotus-ruling-on-mccutcheon-v-fec-is-a-145cruel-april-fools-joke/?search=citizens%20united#.Wphy_Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by End Citizens United https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I applaud the Commerce Department and the Economic Development Administration for awarding this much-needed grant that will help to create jobs and further the city's recovery efforts." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/809844/butterfield-applauds-14m-economic-development-grant-for-washington-nc/?search=invest#.Wph6I2e3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "I applaud the Commerce Department and the Economic Development Administration for awarding this much-needed grant that will help to create jobs and further the city's recovery efforts." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/809844/butterfield-applauds-14m-economic-development-grant-for-washington-nc/?search=invest#.Wph6I2e3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "To remain competitive in today’s global economy, North Carolina must become more connected by investing in modern transportation infrastructure. Congressman Butterfield supports maintaining and improving all modes of transportation from highway and rail to airports and seaports." https://butterfield.house.gov/priorities/grow-our-economy-and-creating-jobs (butterfield.house.gov)
  • "To remain competitive in today’s global economy, North Carolina must become more connected by investing in modern transportation infrastructure. Congressman Butterfield supports maintaining and improving all modes of transportation from highway and rail to airports and seaports." https://butterfield.house.gov/priorities/grow-our-economy-and-creating-jobs (butterfield.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Instead of working toward comprehensive improvements to the tax code that would benefit the majority of Americans, this plan would hand trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations. We should be doing everything we can to support working families through tax reform and job creation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196871/butterfield-statement-on-trump-tax-plan/?search=tax%20cuts#.Wph3_We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of working toward comprehensive improvements to the tax code that would benefit the majority of Americans, this plan would hand trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations. We should be doing everything we can to support working families through tax reform and job creation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196871/butterfield-statement-on-trump-tax-plan/?search=tax%20cuts#.Wph3_We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The GOP tax bill that passed the House today means millions of North Carolinians will lose out to corporate interests and the richest Americans. House Republicans today voted to raise taxes on 86 million families in order to hand 83 percent of the tax benefits to the wealthiest one percent of Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1215685/butterfield-statement-on-house-passage-of-gop-tax-scam/?search=dreamers#.Wph3hGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The GOP tax bill that passed the House today means millions of North Carolinians will lose out to corporate interests and the richest Americans. House Republicans today voted to raise taxes on 86 million families in order to hand 83 percent of the tax benefits to the wealthiest one percent of Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1215685/butterfield-statement-on-house-passage-of-gop-tax-scam/?search=dreamers#.Wph3hGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "2 years ago today, the #STEM Education Act was signed into law. We must continue to support #STEM in our schools & communities!" https://twitter.com/GKButterfield/status/916665713150046209 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/700610/issue-position-energy-and-the-environment/?search=Solar#.Wph002e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/700610/issue-position-energy-and-the-environment/?search=Solar#.Wph002e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/798706/butterfield-cheers-epas-approval-of-renewable-fuel-source-that-will-lead-to-job-creation/?search=Environmental%20Protection%20Agency#.Wph1pme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "If we are to lead the world into a new energy future, Congress must support these new industries and assist in the emergence of clean energy technologies." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/849868/issue-position-energy-and-environment/?search=Solar#.Wph0TWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/798706/butterfield-cheers-epas-approval-of-renewable-fuel-source-that-will-lead-to-job-creation/?search=Environmental%20Protection%20Agency#.Wph1pme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "If we are to lead the world into a new energy future, Congress must support these new industries and assist in the emergence of clean energy technologies." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/849868/issue-position-energy-and-environment/?search=Solar#.Wph0TWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I strongly support developing legislation that seizes the opportunity to fuel the development of renewable energy and the new green energy economy while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gases." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/572252/issue-position-energy-and-global-climate-change/?search=greenhouse#.Wph2GGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Budgets demonstrate priorities. And once again, President Trump- though, light on details- clearly demonstrates regressive priorities that will have an extreme impact on working families. If Congress adopts President Trump's proposed budget, agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, and the State Department face large cuts." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180964/butterfield-statement-on-presidents-budget-blueprint/?search=Environmental%20Protection%20Agency#.Wph1Hme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/572252/issue-position-energy-and-global-climate-change/?search=greenhouse#.Wph2GGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Budgets demonstrate priorities. And once again, President Trump- though, light on details- clearly demonstrates regressive priorities that will have an extreme impact on working families. If Congress adopts President Trump's proposed budget, agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, and the State Department face large cuts." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180964/butterfield-statement-on-presidents-budget-blueprint/?search=Environmental%20Protection%20Agency#.Wph1Hme3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "There are common-sense bills that exist, including bipartisan approaches to reduce gun violence in America. I call on the Republican majority to immediately bring gun violence prevention legislation to the House floor for a vote." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1226430/butterfield-statement-on-parkland-high-school-shooting#.WphzYGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress must allow a vote on this bipartisan legislation so that we can keep firearms out of the hands of those who intend to cause harm." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1108072/butterfield-house-democrats-call-for-a-vote-on-legislation-to-prevent-gun-violence#.Wphzzme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress must allow a vote on this bipartisan legislation so that we can keep firearms out of the hands of those who intend to cause harm." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1108072/butterfield-house-democrats-call-for-a-vote-on-legislation-to-prevent-gun-violence#.Wphzzme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "There are common-sense bills that exist, including bipartisan approaches to reduce gun violence in America. I call on the Republican majority to immediately bring gun violence prevention legislation to the House floor for a vote." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1226430/butterfield-statement-on-parkland-high-school-shooting#.WphzYGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will continue to strongly oppose this heartless Republican effort that strips health care from millions of Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180907/butterfield-reacts-to-senate-trumpcare-proposal/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.WphwlGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "For the last ten months, the American people have rejected attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act by President Trump and Congressional Republicans. Instead of working to lower health care costs for all Americans, President Trump is committed to dismantling our health care system simply to make a political point." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1204307/butterfield-statement-on-trump-attacks-on-aca/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.WphvyWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am deeply disappointed that Republicans have once again decided to abandon the interests of the American people. Today's vote in favor of the latest version of Trumpcare, which repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is shameful." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180943/butterfield-statement-on-trumpcare-vote/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.Wphv82e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will continue to strongly oppose this heartless Republican effort that strips health care from millions of Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180907/butterfield-reacts-to-senate-trumpcare-proposal/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.WphwlGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "For the last ten months, the American people have rejected attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act by President Trump and Congressional Republicans. Instead of working to lower health care costs for all Americans, President Trump is committed to dismantling our health care system simply to make a political point." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1204307/butterfield-statement-on-trump-attacks-on-aca/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.WphvyWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am deeply disappointed that Republicans have once again decided to abandon the interests of the American people. Today's vote in favor of the latest version of Trumpcare, which repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is shameful." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180943/butterfield-statement-on-trumpcare-vote/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.Wphv82e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am an original sponsor of bipartisan immigration reform legislation that would create a path to permanent legal status for Dreamers, and I call on Speaker Ryan to do the right thing and immediately bring it to the floor for a vote." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1194543/butterfield-statement-on-president-trumps-decision-to-end-daca/?search=daca#.Wph2oGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am an original sponsor of bipartisan immigration reform legislation that would create a path to permanent legal status for Dreamers, and I call on Speaker Ryan to do the right thing and immediately bring it to the floor for a vote." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1194543/butterfield-statement-on-president-trumps-decision-to-end-daca/?search=daca#.Wph2oGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If the President plans on pursuing a deeper military engagement into the Syrian conflict, he needs to seed the authorization of Congress. Our priority, however, must be to work with our allies to achieve a diplomatic solution." https://twitter.com/GKButterfield/status/850445520774606848 (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm deeply troubled by the Assad Regime's use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians in Syria. As a Member of Congress, authorizing the use of military force is one of our most important responsibilities and it should not be taken lightly." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/809841/butterfields-statement-on-syria/?search=syria#.Wph9R2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41077/gk-butterfield-jr#.Wphnm2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm deeply troubled by the Assad Regime's use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians in Syria. As a Member of Congress, authorizing the use of military force is one of our most important responsibilities and it should not be taken lightly." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/809841/butterfields-statement-on-syria/?search=syria#.Wph9R2e3wfI (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. 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)
  • 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)
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."
  • 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)
  • 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. 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. 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. 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)
  • 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)
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. George Butterfield supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009. (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
  • 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)
  • 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."
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 YES for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • 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. 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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