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2016 Declared Issue Positions

Background

Experience

Former Senator, US Senate (2011 - 2016); NH Attorney General (2004 - 2009)

Family
Married; Children: 2
Education
JD, Villanova University School of Law, PA.
BA, Penn State University, PA.
Home Address
144 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060
Work Address
188 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

POSITION ON ISSUES

The LFDA Survey is the primary source for issue positions on this website. Each election season the Live Free or Die Alliance sends a survey on NH issues to every candidate for state office. We make every effort to reach each candidate by snail-mail, e-mail, and phone. If an issue position is still not answered through our survey, we utilize other resources including voting records, candidate websites, campaign fliers, Project Vote Smart surveys, and more. Any questions or suggestions on issue positions? Contact us.

Crime and Public Safety

How should the U.S. approach Iran?
Should the federal government expand background checks for firearms sales?
Should the federal government increase spending on defense?
Should NH keep the death penalty?
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?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard stay open?
Should the federal government reform Social Security by raising the retirement age?
Should the federal government institute a flat income tax for all income brackets while eliminating many deductions?
Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?
Should the U.S. Constitution have a Balanced Budget Amendment?
Should the federal government increase support for scientific research and development?
Should the government compel corporations to pay more in federal taxes, for example by closing “loopholes?”
Should higher income brackets pay more in federal taxes than they currently do?
Should the federal government increase spending on defense?
Should NH support federal earmarks for state projects?
Should the federal government reform Social Security by requiring means testing?
Should the federal government privatize some or all of Social Security?
Should the U.S. join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
Should the federal government repeal the Dodd-Frank financial regulations?
Should the federal government lower the corporate tax rate?

Education

Should NH continue the business tax credit for scholarships to private, parochial, and home schools?
Should NH provide more funding for charter schools?
Should the federal government allow student loan payments to be reduced based on income?
Should NH continue to base statewide assessments on Common Core standards?

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 NH residents be allowed to purchase health insurance policies approved in other states?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should the federal government provide health care and/or insurance to every citizen?
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?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

Politics and Political Process

Should NH support federal earmarks for state projects?

Recreation and Transportation

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

Social Issues

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

VOTING RECORD

2016

Crime and Public Safety

S Amdt 4787 - Allows the FBI to issue "National Security Letters," which compel companies to turn over "electronic communications transactional records" without court approval - Voted to move this bill forward
S 3100 - Withholds federal grants for cities that either do not require or expressly prohibit inquiries about an individual's immigration status ("sanctuary cities") - Voted to move this bill forward
S 2193 - Increases the maximum prison term for an illegal/undocumented immigrant who reenters the U.S. after being deported - Voted to move this bill forward
S Amdt 4751 - Increases the connections between states, the courts, and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and requires the Attorney General to study the causes of mass shootings - Voted to move this bill forward
S Amdt 4749 - Creates a 72 hour waiting period for anyone on a terrorist watch list who wishes to buy a gun, giving time for federal officials to review the purchase - Voted to move this bill forward
S Amdt 4720 - Allows the Attorney General to bar anyone on the terrorist watch list from buying a firearm - Voted to move this bill forward
S 3100 - Withholds federal grants for cities that either do not require or expressly prohibit inquiries about an individual's immigration status ("sanctuary cities") - Voted to move this bill forward
S 2193 - Increases the maximum prison term for an illegal/undocumented immigrant who reenters the U.S. after being deported - Voted to move this bill forward

Economy, Budget and Taxes

S 2328 - A bill to restructure Puerto Rico's debt through a bankruptcy-like process - Voted to restructure Puerto Rico's debt

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 for energy bill

Health Care

S 524 - Attempts to combat the opioid addiction crisis on multiple fronts, for example expanding the availiability of naloxone - Voted for addiction recovery bill
S 524 - Attempts to combat the opioid addiction crisis on multiple fronts, for example expanding the availiability of naloxone - Voted for addiction recovery bill

Campaign Finances

Raised: $15,440,172
Individual Contributions: 72% ($11,180,567)
Party Contributions: 0% ($57,300)
PAC Contributions: 20% ($3,125,102)
Candidate self-financing: 0% ($0)
Other: 7% ($1,077,192)
Spent: $18,323,964

Reporting Date: December 31, 2016

VIDEOS

COMMENTS

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?

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.

 

 

 

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

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.

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