Republican
Current U.S. Senate
Kelly Ayotte

For U.S. Senate - 2016

Contest: 2016
Experience: NH Attorney General 2004-2009
Residence: Nashua

Family: Married, Children: 2

Education:
JD, Villanova University School of Law,
BA, Penn State University,
Website: Click Here

POSITION ON ISSUES*

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?
How should the U.S. approach Iran?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Should NH keep the death penalty?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should the U.S. join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
Should the federal government repeal the Dodd-Frank financial regulations?
Should corporations pay more in federal taxes?
Should the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard stay open?
Should the federal government reform Social Security by raising the retirement age and/or privatizing?
Should the federal government institute a flat income tax for all income brackets?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?
Should the U.S. Constitution have a Balanced Budget Amendment?
Should NH support federal earmarks for state projects?

Education

Should the federal government subsidize college education by reducing student loan interest rates and/or providing more tuition assistance?
Should NH keep the Common Core State Standards?
Should NH continue the business tax credit for scholarships to private, parochial, and home schools?
Should NH increase state funding for charter schools?

Energy and Environment

Should the government pursue more opportunities to produce fossil fuels?
Should the government pass regulations to combat climate change?

Health Care

Should the federal government repeal the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" entirely?
Should the federal government increase private sector involvement in veterans' health care?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should the government increase funding for mental health?
Should NH residents be allowed to purchase health insurance policies approved in other states?
Should NH limit access to abortion?

Politics and Political Process

Should NH support federal earmarks for state projects?

Social Issues

Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?
Should the government increase funding for mental health?
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?

VOTING RECORD

2015

Health Care

HR 3762 - Repeals several key pieces of the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare," including the individual mandate to buy health insurance - Voted to repeal part of "Obamacare"
S 1881 - Prohibits any federal funding for Planned Parenthood - Voted to move this bill forward

Recreation and Transportation

HR 22 - Federal highway and transportation funding bill - Voted for federal highway funding

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HR 1314 (Amended) - 2015 budget bill - Voted for budget
HR 1295 - Eases trade restrictions between U.S. and parts of Africa, funds a worker assistance program in the U.S., and renews Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) - Votd for TAA
HR 2146 - Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, also having to do with federal firefighters - Voted for TPA
HR 1314 - Renews Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) - Voted for TPA and TAA
S Amdt 2327 - Reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank - Voted to reauthorize Export-Import Bank

Politics and Political Process

S 2232 - Requires an audit of the Federal Reserve. - Voted to move this bill forward

Energy and Environment

S 1 - Authorizes the Keystone XL Pipeline and amends energy efficiency regulations - Co-sponsored this bill
S Amdt 777 - Recognizes that climate change is real and caused by human activity and that Congress needs to take action to cut carbon pollution - Voted to recognize climate change
S J Res 24 - Expresses disapproval of the EPA rules that require states to lower carbon dioxide emissions - Voted against

Crime and Public Safety

HR 4038 - Expands background checks on Iraqi and Syrian refugees - Voted to move this bill forward
HR 2048 - Tightens regulations on electronic surveillance - Voted to tighten regulations on electronic surveillance
S 754 - Encourages private companies to share information with the federal government about possible threats to computer networks. Some civil liberty advocates are concerned that the bill threatens consumer privacy. - Voted in favor

Education

S 1177 - Expands state responsibility over schools and reduces the federal test-based funding system of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) - Voted to reduce NCLB

Social Issues

S 2146 - Blocks federal funding for so-called "sanctuary cities" that do not comply with federal detainer requests for illegal immigrants - Voted to move this bill forward
2014

Economy, Budget and Taxes

S 540 (2014) - Temporary debt limit extension - Voted against debt limit extension
HR 3547 (2014) - Appropriates funds for fiscal year 2014 - Voted for budget bill
S 1845 (2014) - To provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits - Voted against moving this bill forward
S 2223 (2014) - Minimum Wage Fairness Act, to increase the federal minimum wage - Voted against moving this bill forward
S 2569 (2014) - Prohibiting tax credits for outsourcing expenses and creating a tax credit for insourcing expenses - Voted against moving this bill forward

Energy and Environment

S Amdt 3584 (2014) - Lowering the federal gas tax and giving states more control over transportation infrastructure funding - Voted for changes to transportation infrastructure funding
S 2280 (2014) - Authorizes the Keystone XL Pipeline - Voted for Keystone XL Pipeline

Crime and Public Safety

S 1752 (2014) - Increasing regulation of court martials for rape in the military - Voted against moving this bill forward
S 2685 (2014) - Limits the collection of phone records by the government - Voted against moving this bill forward

Health Care

S 2578 (2014) - Prohibits any employer that maintains a group health plan for its employees from denying coverage of any health care item or service required under federal law (e.g. birth control) - Voted against moving this bill forward

Politics and Political Process

S J Res 19 (2014) - Constitutional amendment related to campaign finance, potentially overturning the Citizens United decision - Voted against moving this bill forward
2013

Economy, Budget and Taxes

H J Res 59 (2013) - Continues the 2013 budget and delays the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (known as 'Obamacare') - Voted against budget bill
S 815 (2013) - Prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity - Voted against discrimination protections
HR 2775 (2013) - Extends the current budget and raise the debt ceiling until early 2014 - Voted to extend the current budget
S 743 (2013) - Requires online retailers to collect sales tax for other states - Voted against online sales tax

Crime and Public Safety

S Amdt 715 (2013) - Requires background checks for all firearms purchases - Voted against requiring background checks
S Amdt 711 (2013) - Establishes regulations on assault weapons - Voted against limiting assault weapons
S Amdt 714 (2013) - Limits firearm magazine capacity - Voted against limiting magazine capacity
S 47 (2013) - Reauthorizes the “Violence Against Women Act” - Voted for VAWA

Education

HR 1911 (2013) - Matches the Stafford Direct Student Loan rates to the 10-year Treasury note rather than using a fixed rate - Voted to move student loans to market-based interest rates

Health Care

S Amdt 30 (2013) - Prohibits spending on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare” - Voted to prohibit spending on ACA/"Obamacare"

Social Issues

S 744 (2013) - “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” which creates a path to citizenship for illegal/undocumented immigrants, increase border security, and reforms the visa system - Voted for immigration reform
2012

Social Issues

S Amdt 2174 (2012) - Limits eligibility for SNAP (food stamps) - Voted to limit SNAP eligibility
S Amdt 2172 (2012) - Gets rid of bonuses to states for administering SNAP (food stamps) - Voted to eliminate SNAP bonuses

Economy, Budget and Taxes

S 3412 (2012) - Extends tax cuts from 2001 and 2003, except for certain high-income individuals - Voted against extending some tax cuts
S 3240 (2012) - Continues farm subsidies and reforms SNAP (food stamps) - Voted against farm subsidies and SNAP reform
S Amdt 2310 (2012) - Requires labeling of genetically modified food (GMOs) - Voted against GMO labeling
S 2573 (2012) - Extends tax cuts established in 2001 and 2003 - Voted in favor of extending tax cuts
HR 3606 (2012) - Voted to ease securities regulations
HR 3630 (2012) - Extends unemployment benefits, payroll tax cuts, and more - Voted to extend unemployment benefits, TANF, and other economic stimulus

Crime and Public Safety

HR 5949 (2012) - Reauthorizes electronic surveillance laws passed after 9/11 - Voted to reauthorize FISA
S 1925 (2012) - Reauthorizes the “Violence Against Women Act” - Voted for VAWA

Education

S Amdt 2153 (2012) - “Lamar Bill,” which extends current student loan interest rates; also repeals the Prevention and Public Health Fund established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly known as “Obamacare”) - Voted to extend student loan interest rates and de-fund part of ACA/"Obamacare"
2011

Economy, Budget and Taxes

S 365 (2011) - Raising the debt ceiling and enacting budget cuts - Voted against raising debt ceiling and cutting budget
HR 1249 (2011) - Changes US patent issuance from "first to invent" to "first inventor to file" - Voted to C Hange patent law

Crime and Public Safety

HR 514 (2011) - Extends certain expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 - Voted to extend PATRIOT Act

CAMPAIGN FINANCES

Raised: $5,257,638

Individual Contributions: 69% ($3,609,615)
Party Contributions: <1% ($46,800)
PAC Contributions: 24% ($1,239,324)
Candidate self-financing: 0% ($0)
Other: 7% ($360,547)

Spent: $1,975,240

Reporting Date: December 31, 2015

COMMENTS

Ananta Gopalan
- Hampton

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 9:39pm

It is so predictable that our Republican senator from New Hampshire would immediately favor military aid and punishment of Russia because of its annexation of Crimea.  The US tax payers are unmercifully buffeted between the differing ideologies of the same progressive movement with uncontrolled spending, taxation and suffocating regulations, albeit for different reasons.  Sen. Ayotte goes on a fact-finding mission to Ukraine and immediately starts campaigning for US tax payers to support her vision of US intervention.  Can we ask a simple question as to how that dictatorial action by Putin in his backyard affects the US national defense or interest?  Can we stop being an international policeman when the US Constitution does not require it at all?

For starters, it has been close to 70 years since WWII ended in Europe but the US taxpayers have been made to subsidize European defense ever since through a delusional self-aggrandizement of our role.  The EU has a GDP close to that of the US but the US is spending for EU's defense to a large extent with bases and offensive and defensive armaments.  Let Europe pay for its own defense and let them take care of their own problems. 

A good reason for us to stay away from Europe is that the US is broke.  Our government spends more than 30% over its revenue by borrowing and printing money.  Sen. Ayotte should know this but her party loyalty forces her to take a hawkish and Teddy Rooseveltonian progressivism of imperialistic posture.  Even if there is any justification for the US taxpayers to be forced into such a typical European intrigue, we can not afford it unless we prioritize our national interests.  This is not isolationism.  It is an economic necessity and the well-being of our children and grand children demands it.

We can not afford Ukraine spending and commitment.  We are not who we were as a nation in the 1930s.  As a result of our massive debt (biggest debtor now whereas huge creditor nation in the 30s) and expansion of money supply to monetize the debt, the dollar status as a reserve currency is in jeopardy.  As a matter of fact the BRIC(Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations are working to stay away from the dollar pricing.  When their combined GDP exceeds that of the US with our sluggish economic prospects due to our own misguided economic policies, it is quite possible that they could dump the dollar that would result in an economic chaos in the US.  It is not hard to imagine that is what Putin is working towards in response to all the economic sanctions on Russia that the Senator from New Hampshire is vigorously promoting.  It will be a war of economic destruction,

European political history has been largely based on continuous conflicts among its rulers ever since the demise of the Roman Empire.  Ukraine is no exception.  It has been ruled by various powers of Europe for a long time.  European nations, kingdoms and states constantly undergo shifting alliances and engage in military conflicts as a result.  Understanding the inherent war-mongering among royalties and fiefdoms of Europe, our first president George Washington enunciated a foreign policy of neutrality in political affairs of other countries while strictly engaging in commerce with all nations unless our borders are threatened.  That ought to be our foreign policy now.  Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican progressive was the first president that glorified US imperialistic behavior towards other countries and followed an interventionist foreign policy.  The result of that seismic shift in our foreign policy has been unnecessary sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of our young people in foreign wars and enormous resource drains for calculated destruction.

The evolved two-party political system in our country (not required by our Constitution) in the last hundred years have driven us away from our unalienable rights, resulted in uncontrolled and unauthorized explosive growth of our federal government and chronic deficit spending rivaling that of a banana republic.  Let Europe solve its Russian problems.  We have done enough in the last hundred years for the welfare of the nations of the world.  We need to clean house here (economically speaking) so that our children and their children can truly live free.

Steven Borne
- Rye

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 12:16pm

Dear Senator Ayotte,

After the massacre at Sandy Hook, too many parents are living with empty bedrooms. We cannot fathom the agony that has been injected into the lives of those families.

Yes, citizens have a constitutional right to bear arms, but as a society we have a responsibility to prevent slaughter and remove the horrendous specter that assault guns and rifles casts over everyone of us.  While the fiscally irrational, big government suggestion from the NRA insults our intelligence, your deflection of the real issue to mental health screams that you are more concerned for your political career and the health of a political party than for our society and nation.

Article 10 of our State Constitution implores us to protect our democracy from private interest or emolument (political career) behavior of our representatives. So as a responsible citizen, I am writing to you to insist that you step up and represent us now. I am also sending this to NH newspapers with the hope that all other responsible citizens will also contact you.  

Please have the political will to do what is best for our nation by removing assault guns, rifles and the ownership of excessive volumes of ammunition from citizens. If you cannot, then I would ask you to step down so that someone with more conviction to the whole of our society can represent us.
 

Respectfully yours,

Steven

Cindy Dooley
- Hampstead

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 7:48am

10/5/2015

 

Dear Senator Ayotte,

 

My name is Cindy Dooley and I live in Hampstead, NH.

 

Please support HR 2646 because it addresses the obstacles families face when trying to save loved ones from untreated serious mental illness.  This bill will expand access to treatment for individuals who miss out on mental health services because they are too ill to seek them.  It will lead to treatment before tragedy.

We desperately need HR 2646 to help us appropriately care for our loved ones, who while in crisis, cannot care for themselves.  It truly is a matter of life and death.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

 

 

Linda Raymond
- Manchester

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 5:33pm

Date: March 25,2016
To: NH elected officials,
Jean Shaheen
Kelly Ayotte
Maggie Hassin

• Middle Class Difficulty
I wanted to share with you ‘’A peak on how middle class lives’’ as I feel our politicians do not understand the depth of what citizens are experiencing every day.
No matter if you are Red, Blue, right, left, republican or democrat, I truly don’t believe you understand what it is like to be a middle class family today. So many of us are one crisis away from financial devastation like my friend Sam for example.
Congress needs to do their job and stop living in a bubble under pretense to get middle class families to vote at election time. Do politicians incur medical bills like the rest of the middle class suffering to pay them?
Please know I am not angry but rather frustrated and just stating the facts. This situation and Sam's example is nothing new to us and has been going on for years but in my opinion is getting worse.
A Day in the Life of Middle Class Families:
We work hard, pay our bills, and support our food bank, YWCA, churches, company charities like wounded vet programs, etc. No complaints, we are happy to be employed and contribute.
A year ago my girlfriend Sam was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Naturally, all of her friends and family were devastated to hear this sad news. We told her we would get through it and are here to support her. The shocking part is the cancer and treatments were the least of her problems. Her husband owns a struggling small business in Manchester, N.H. and most or sometimes all of the profits are invested back into the business. This leaves Sam as the primary bread winner for the family. She had Chemo treatments for 6 months and went to work as much as she possibly could during this difficult time of suffering both physically and emotionally. It was a huge strain on the family but she persevered. The chemo treatments did not kill the cancer so she had to endure a mastectomy 10 weeks ago. She asked me and another friend to go out to lunch at Papa Gino’s (she loves their hot dogs) to cheer her up so we all went out for a hot dog at a pizza restaurant! Sam was right best hot dog ever.
Now the True heartache and Pain of Middle Class Families begins,
Sam started to share with us at lunch about all the calls she was receiving from numerous doctors and treatment offices asking for money for bills incurred. Understanding that this was a problem that could affect the family greatly, she would tell anyone who called that she could only afford $30.00 a month. She shared with us visibly stressed and close to tears that she didn’t even know how to manage it but would have to make it happen. She said there was one doctor who wouldn’t agree to the $30.00 and ended up sending this to a collection agency. At 54 years old she always paid her bills with little left over for savings. The middle class calls that PRIDE. I told her to contact a case worker because my ex-boyfriend who collected unemployment and as such, chose not to work was in the hospital for weeks and had $250,000.00 in medical bills that were wiped out. NO COST TO HIM AT ALL, a master electrician who chose not to pursue a job. Sam told us she inquired about this and was told there was little they could do for her “middle class” family. I want to add the outstanding case worker was able to get the booster shot required after chemo of $500.00 reduced to zero. Sam was so emotional when sharing this as she felt so blessed. On a positive note, the case worker also sent her a Market Basket gift card for food and a gas card. That meant the WORLD to her that someone actually cared about her distressing situation and lent a helping hand.
Today 3/17/16 my friend Sam is in debt over $10K with more bills coming in each day. With her commitment to multiple doctors at $30.00 each monthly she can’t afford to be out of work even for a day, and is back to work still requiring the chemo treatments. Anyone who has been through this with a loved one knows, the physical and emotional effects on the patient. To add the stress of financial burdens and collections people calling frequently, is something a cancer patient shouldn’t have to go through.
I have many more stories to tell but think I will stop now and hope I made my point. The middle class is very tired of paying for people who don’t want to work or people who live in a bubble with so much wasteful spending.
It was not an easy decision to write this but personally, I am tired of Politicians who are elected for the people not taking a stand and addressing those who can but don’t work. Those that are allowed to take advantage of the system, with no help available to those in need due to unforeseen life events. Those that get up a 5am going to work each day and still find a few dollars to donate to charity.
This letter may go nowhere, but I thought it worth my time to communicate this problem.
I expect our Politician to work for all the people. I expect our NH Politician to WORK together and give the people on welfare a time limit so I’m not supporting them. But most of all I expect our Politician to stop the wasteful spending of our tax dollars.
For a short period of time I was proud to watch our lady official work together. Is anything being done currently to address middle class?

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