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U.S. Representative
District 2nd
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2016 Declared Issue Positions

Background

Experience

Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2012 - present); Attorney; Community/Non-profit Activist

Family
Married; Children: 2
Education
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC.
BA, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
Home Address
18 North Main Street, Fourth Floor
Concord, NH 03301
Work Address
137 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

POSITION ON ISSUES

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Crime and Public Safety

Should the NSA continue its bulk data collection programs for U.S. citizens?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?
How should the U.S. combat the Islamic State?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should the federal government expand background checks for firearms sales?
Should the federal government increase spending on defense?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should the U.S. join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
Should the federal government raise the minimum wage?
Should the federal government repeal the Dodd-Frank financial regulations?
Should higher income brackets pay more in federal taxes than they currently do?
Should the government compel corporations to pay more in federal taxes, for example by closing “loopholes?”
State role in economic growth
Should NH pass right-to-work legislation?
Should the federal government privatize some or all of Social Security?
Other: Economy, Budget and Taxes
Should the federal government increase support for scientific research and development?
Should the federal government institute a flat income tax for all income brackets while eliminating many deductions?
Should the federal government increase spending on defense?
How should the federal government change the budgeting process?
Should the federal government reform Social Security by requiring means testing?
Should the federal government lower the corporate tax rate?
Should the federal government reform Social Security by raising the retirement age?
Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?

Education

Should the federal government allow student loan payments to be reduced based on income?

Energy and Environment

Should the government pursue more opportunities to produce fossil fuels?
Should the government do more to combat climate change, for example by restricting emissions, taxing carbon, or providing incentives to develop clean energy?

Health Care

Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should the federal government provide health care and/or insurance to every citizen?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should the federal government repeal the Affordable Care Act/”Obamacare” entirely and start again?
Should the federal government increase private sector involvement in veterans' health care?

Recreation and Transportation

Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?

Social Issues

Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH repeal same-sex marriage?
Generally speaking, should the federal government give states more control over welfare/entitlement spending through block grants?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should there be a path to citizenship for some illegal/undocumented immigrants?
Should the federal government increase private sector involvement in veterans' health care?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
In Their Own Words

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VOTING RECORD

2017

Crime and Public Safety

HR 1181 (2017) - Prohibits the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from sending the name of an individual to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System unless a judge determines that the individual is a danger to themselves or others. - Voted to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to send a name to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HR 78 (2017) - Increases economic analysis requirements for any proposed regulation from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). - Voted against increasing analysis requirements
S J Res 34 (2017) - Overtuns a rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that requires all internet browsing and app usage data be subject to the same privacy requirements as private personal information.  The FCC rule is stricter than previous regulations, which had various privacy requirements depending on the sensitivity of the online information. - Voted to keep stricter rule on privacy of internet browsing data
S Con Res 3 (2017) - Sets the federal budget. This bill also establishes rules that pave the way for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." - Voted against
S J Res 34 (2017) - Overtuns a rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that requires all internet browsing and app usage data be subject to the same privacy requirements as private personal information.  The FCC rule is stricter than previous regulations, which had various privacy requirements depending on the sensitivity of the online information. - Voted to keep stricter rule on privacy of internet browsing data

Energy and Environment

HR 1431 (2017) - Changes the makeup of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), opening the board to more public input and industry stakeholders and limiting scientists who might use their own research to advise the EPA. - Voted against changing the Scientific Advisory Board
HR 1430 (2017) - Requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to only use data from studies that are publicly available and can be reproduced. - Voted against changing requirements for data used by the EPA

Health Care

HR 7 (2017) - Prohibits federal funding of abortion, including health insurance subsidized by the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare"). - Voted against banning federal funding for abortion
H J Res 43 (2017) - Allows states to withhold federal funding for Planned Parenthood. - Voted to continue federal funding for Planned Parenthood
HR 1101 (2017) - Allows small businesses to join association health plans across state lines, outside state insurance regulations. - Voted against allowing small businesses to join association health plans across state lines

Politics and Political Process

HR 1259 (2017) - Makes it easier to fire, demote, or suspend an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs. - Voted against changing the process for firing, demoting, or suspending a VA employee
HR 998 (2017) - Establishes a commission to review and recommend the repeal of rules to lower the cost of regulation. - Voted against establishing a commission
HR 26 (2017) - Greatly increases congressional oversight of rules and regulations adopted by federal agencies. - Voted against increasing congressional oversight

Social Issues

H J Res 42 (2017) - Effectively allows states to drug test anybody claiming unemployment benefits or food stamps. - Voted to keep limits on drug tests for unemployment benefits and food stamps
2016

Crime and Public Safety

HR 3537 - Amends the Controlled Substances Act to include more synthetic drugs - Voted to broaden synthetic drug laws
H Amdt 1204 - Prohibits warrantless searches of government databases for the communications of U.S. persons and prohibits government agencies from mandating data security vulnerabilities in products or services - Voted to limit searches of communications data
HR 4889 - Requires a mobile provider to disclose the call location information of a device that is used to place a 911 call or reasonably believed to be in the possession of an individual who is in an emergency situation that involves a risk of death or serious physical harm - Voted to require mobile providers to disclose call location information
HR 5351 - Temporarily prohibits the transfer of Guantanamo detainees - Voted to allow the transfer of Guantanamo detainees

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HR 2745 - Limits the ability of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to oversee corporate mergers - Voted against limiting the FTC
HR 3438 - Requires government agencies to postpone any rule with an impact of over $1 billion on the economy, if someone challenges the rule in court - Voted against requiring government agencies to postpone rules
HR 5278 - A bill to restructure Puerto Rico's debt through a bankruptcy-like process - Voted to restructure Puerto Rico's debt
HR 6094 - Delays by six months a new rule that requires time-and-a-half overtime pay for workers up to a higher income threshold - Voted against the delay
HR 2666 - Blocks the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from regulating the rates that Internet Service Providers charge for broadband service - Voted to allow the FCC to regulate broadband internet rates
HR 3438 - Requires government agencies to postpone any rule with an impact of over $1 billion on the economy, if someone challenges the rule in court - Voted against requiring government agencies to postpone rules

Energy and Environment

S 2012 (2016) - Promotes energy efficiency, requires upgrades to the electric grid, loosens regulations for natural gas pipelines on federal lands, subsidizes hydropower and geothermal, and permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund - Voted against this bill

Health Care

HR 5243 - Provides limited funds for government agencies to fight the Zika virus, using funds previously allocated for other public health issues, including the Ebola virus - Voted against limited Zika funding
HR 1270 - Repeals part of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare that limits payments for medications from health savings accounts - Voted to keep limits on payments for medications from health savings accounts
HR 3590 - Increases the amount of medical expenses taxpayers can deduct - Voted to increase the amount of medical expenses taxpayers can deduct
HR 954 - Exempts anyone who lost their health insurance through a failed co-op from paying the fine for not having insurance - Voted for the exemption
S 524 - Attempts to combat the opioid addiction crisis on multiple fronts, for example expanding the availiability of naloxone - Voted for addiction recovery bill
HR 5620 - Increases the ability of the VA to remove or demote employees - Voted to increase the ability of the VA to remove or demote employees
S 524 - Attempts to combat the opioid addiction crisis on multiple fronts, for example expanding the availiability of naloxone - Voted for addiction recovery bill
HR 5620 - Increases the ability of the VA to remove or demote employees - Voted to increase the ability of the VA to remove or demote employees

Politics and Political Process

HR 5053 - Prohibits the Secretary of the Treasury from requiring that the identity of contributors to 501(c) organizations - organizations which may run political ads - be included in annual returns - Voted to allow the Secretary of the Treasury to require the identity of contributors

Social Issues

HR 5931 - Declares that the U.S. government shall not to pay ransom or release prisoners to recover hostages - Voted against prohibiting ransom payments
H Amdt 1064 - Prohibits the use of funds for the display of Confederate battle flags in national cemeteries - Voted to prohibit the use of funds for the display of Confederate battle flags
HR 5631 - Requires certain sanctions against Iran - Voted against requiring sanctions against Iran

Campaign Finances

Raised: $365,391
Individual Contributions: 62% ($227,920)
Party Contributions: 0% ($276)
PAC Contributions: 37% ($136,820)
Candidate self-financing: 0% ($0)
Other: 0% ($373)
Spent: $98,261

Reporting Date: March 31, 2017

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2nd Congressional District

New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District includes:

  • Sanbornton and Tilton in Belknap County
  • all of Cheshire County
  • all of Coos County
  • all of Grafton County
  • all of Hillsborough County except Bedford, Goffstown, Manchester, and Merrimack
  • all of Merrimack County except Hooksett
  • Atkinson, Salem, and Windham in Rockingham County
  • all of Sullivan County

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