"Bass is accustomed to reaching across party lines. The congressman, who previously served from 1996 to 2006, has long held a reputation as a moderate Republican willing to work with Democrats."
The Nashua Telegraph, April 4, 2012
CONCORD – Today, the Bass for Congress campaign released a web video featuring Congressman Charlie Bass (R-NH) and his proven record of being an independent voice, calling on Washington to stop the gridlock and create real solutions to fixing the economy, reducing the national debt and creating prosperity.
“Charlie Bass is the only candidate in this race who has proven to always be willing to put people over politics and progress over partisanship. Bass has a long track record of working across the aisle and is willing to disagree with his own party when he believes it is the right thing to do,” said Bass campaign manager Brad Blais. “He knows that getting people back to work and putting our nation on the right track should not and cannot be a partisan issue.”
Highlights of Bass’ Independent Voting Record:
Preventing the Nation from Falling off the "Fiscal Cliff"
Bass was 1 of 4 Republicans and 4 Democrats to introduce the only bipartisan budget based on the Simpson-Bowles Fiscal Commission report to reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next 10 years by calling for $3 trillion in responsible spending cuts and $1 trillion in new revenue through tax reform.
Cleaning Up the Air We Breathe
As the "tailpipe of the nation," pollution from the Midwest ends up in the air we breathe. Bass was 1 of 4 Republicans to vote against legislation (H.R. 2401) that would block the implementation of clean air rules that would call for Midwest coal burners and other facilities to reduce the release of toxins such as mercury, arsenic and others that cause smog and acid rain into the air.
Ensuring Spending Reductions are Balanced
Bass was 1 of 16 Republicans to vote against a budget reconciliation bill (H.R. 5652) as a result of the spending reductions not being balanced. While budgets need to be tough, they also need to be fair. This legislation attempted to find savings in reducing fraud in the food stamp program but ignored the billions of dollars in direct subsidies to corporate farms.
Protecting Victims of Violence
While working with New Hampshire organizations that assist victims of domestic violence, Bass promoted a bipartisan agenda to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). However, when House legislation failed to provide protection to all victims of abuse, Bass was 1 of 23 Republicans to vote against a partisan version of the Violence Against Women’s Act Reauthorization (H.R. 4970) and continues to work to ensure that we protect all women and children from domestic violence.
Working Across the Aisle to Cure Breast Cancer
Teaming up with Representative Karen Bass (D-CA), Bass helped author the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (H.R. 3067) 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. For his efforts, Bass was presented the National Breast Cancer Coalition Congressional Award by the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
Helping to Bring our Troops Home from Afghanistan
Having visited the brave men and women on the ground in Afghanistan, Bass believes that our mission in that country and our focus must change. He was 1 of 16 Republicans to support a different future in Afghanistan (H.Amdt. 330) that would bring the vast majority of our troops home, but would leave strategic strike forces in place to address problems as they occur.
The Bass Campaign video can be viewed here.
“Over the years that I’ve had the privilege of representing New Hampshire in Congress, I have discovered that it’s easy to be a Republican or a Democrat and to vote the party line day in and day out and not worry about what the ultimate result of that is going to be. But for me it’s more important to get these problems that we face in this country resolved. And if it means breaking with the Republican Party on occasion, so be it. I’ve shown that I don’t mind doing that. Be it with the bipartisan budget, with environmental issues and with some of the social issues. For me the Republican Party is a standard; lower taxes, less government, less regulation, strong national security. But what’s most important to me is not the party line; it’s what New Hampshire people want. It’s what’s good for America. It’s what I think will lead our country to a stronger economy, more prosperity, a strong national security and a better life for all of us in the future.”