President Clinton’s Former Chief Bowles and Former Senator Simpson Call Bass a “Brave Leader”
Concord, NH – In a letter that states America demands leaders that are “willing to put partisan differences aside,” the National Commission on Financial Responsibility and Reform co-chairs have endorsed Charlie Bass’s campaign for Congress in New Hampshire’s 2nd District.
The endorsement letter, from Democrat Erskine Bowles, the former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, and Republican Alan Simpson, a former Wyoming Senator states, “Charlie Bass has proven to be such a leader by his willingness and courage to work with a small group of Republicans and Democrats to put forth a bipartisan budget that was very consistent with the principles, policies and framework in the plan recommended by a bipartisan majority of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform…”
It concludes, “Charlie Bass put partisanship aside and stepped forward to make the tough decisions our nation needs. He is a brave leader who deserves the thanks of everyone who really cares about our nation's future. It is for these reasons Charlie Bass has earned our endorsement and we urge you to support him as your Representative in New Hampshire.”
“I am honored that Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson are supporting my candidacy,” said Bass. “We’ve added more than $5 trillion to our national debt in the last few years. The debt is now $16 trillion, and our nation cannot sustain it much longer. American people deserve an end to partisan gridlock and a spirit of compromise from both sides of the aisle to fix our nation’s biggest problems. This is why I was proud to help introduce and cosponsor the bipartisan budget act based on the Simpson-Bowles Commission recommendations.”
In addition to the Bowles-Simpson endorsement, Bass has been praised nationally for his bipartisan leadership:
- Named an “Economic Patriot” by the non-partisan Concord Coalition
- Cited as one of the “Brave 38” by USA Today for supporting the bipartisan budget plan
- Chicago Tribune – Credit to a Few Who Pushed Bipartisan Budget
Additional, Current Bipartisan Legislative Efforts:
H.R. 4017 - The Smart Energy Act
Introduced legislation with Representative Jim Matheson (D-UT) to promote the use of energy efficiency technologies within the federal government to save the taxpayer's money and to promote energy efficiency throughout other industries. Legislation is supported by a diverse group such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Alliance to Save Energy.
H.R. 3067 - The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act
Introduced with Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) to establish a commission that would focus on the general prevention of breast cancer by helping to coordinate research to avoid duplication of efforts and efficient use of funding among entities trying to find a cure. Bass was presented the National Breast Cancer Coalition Congressional Award by members from New Hampshire for his efforts.
H.R. 3293 - Establishing a Veterans ID
Introduced legislation based on the recommendations of the Veterans Advisory Board established by Bass to advise him on issues important to our veterans community in New Hampshire. Bill would establish an identification card at no cost to the federal government that veterans could get to prove their service to our nation in order partake in benefits available to those that served.
Bipartisan Legislative Efforts that were Enacted Into Law:
H.R. 1591 - The Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act
Introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide the men and women who have fought and died for our country the greatest dignity and respect by allowing their families to commemorate and grieve for their loved ones without the threat of protesters and disruptions. The bill was enacted into law as part of the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act (Public Law No: 112-154).
H.R. 3211 - The Humanitarian Device Reform Act
Introduced legislation to help encourage the research and development of life saving medical devices that would help those with rare diseases and supported by the National Organization of Rare Diseases. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) was the lead sponsor of the legislation in the Senate. The bill was enacted into law as part of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (Public Law No: 112-144).