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Position on Issues

Candidate's Website, 2018

"In Congress, Chris will:

  • "Support universal background checks for all gun purchases
  • "Support a ban on the sale of assault weapons including the AR-15
  • "Support a ban on the sale of bump stocks and high capacity magazines
  • "Support a red flag law that would allow family members and the justice system to intervene and prevent someone from doing harm to themselves or others"

WMUR, 2018

"Pappas said that while middle class families are struggling, the Republican tax plan emerging in Congress 'is going to tilt the system even more in favor of special interests and the big corporations, and I think that's wrong.'"

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Support citizenship for Dreamers who know no other country than the United States"

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Chris supports universal healthcare and will work to ensure everyone has quality, affordable health care coverage. The Affordable Care Act was a significant step forward, and we must stop Republican attempts to sabotage it and repeal it outright."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"In Congress, Chris will:

  • "Support universal background checks for all gun purchases
  • "Support a ban on the sale of assault weapons including the AR-15
  • "Support a ban on the sale of bump stocks and high capacity magazines
  • "Support a red flag law that would allow family members and the justice system to intervene and prevent someone from doing harm to themselves or others"

Candidate's Website, 2018

"As a member of the New Hampshire House, Chris earned a 100% pro-choice voting record and opposed legislation that would have interfered with a woman's fundamental right to control her own body. In Congress, Chris will ... Oppose attempts to restrict women's access to reproductive health services"

Candidate's Website, 2020

"In Congress, Chris is standing up for reproductive health care and family planning by:

"Opposing any legislative attempts to restrict access to reproductive health services or chip away at a woman’s right to choose"

Candidate's Facebook Page, 2018

"Chris has fought back against extreme attacks on women's health, casting critical votes to keep Planned Parenthood centers funded to provide basic, vital health services for women and families."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Support increasing the minimum wage and indexing it to inflation so that workers in the future won't have to depend on Congress for a cost of living adjustment"

Candidate's Website, 2020

"Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) released the following statement after voting to pass legislation he co-sponsored, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, in the House of Representatives:

"'I was horrified—as every American should be—by the murder of George Floyd as well as the killing of other Black Americans by law enforcement officers. Now more than ever, we must stand together against systemic racism, bias, and injustice wherever it exists,' said Congressman Chris Pappas.

"'The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act puts accountability and transparency front and center while also focusing on improving training, curtailing excessive use of force, and increasing accountability for bad actors. New Hampshire is not immune from the problems we see across the country, but I’m proud that New Hampshire has already taken action on many of the priorities in this legislation. I understand the unique challenges faced by New Hampshire’s law enforcement, and in my conversations with them they’ve underscored the need for commonsense steps to deepen relationships with communities throughout the state.'

"'We must do everything we can to ensure that no American, regardless of the color of their skin, lives in fear of those in the public trust. We must also ensure that those who swear to protect and serve their communities do not violate that trust with bias, hate, or violence. We must also provide them with the resources and training they need to do their important work responsibly.'

"'This is a time for us to listen, learn, and understand the experiences of our fellow Americans and seek constructive change. I'm hopeful we can realize a bipartisan compromise with the Senate so we don't squander this opportunity to act. I’m committed to doing all I can to lift up the calls for reform and work together to find meaningful, concrete solutions – like the Justice in Policing Act – that move this country forward.'"

Voting Record, 2020

Rep. Pappas cosponsored the "Women's Health Protection Act," which included a right to seek an abortion.

Candidate's Facebook Page, 2018

"I believe in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and securing a clean energy future. In my role as Executive Councilor, I've supported grants for solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal projects around the state. Clean energy is creating 21st century jobs in our own backyard while safeguarding our environment. It's a win-win."

Other, 2019

"I am thrilled to see innovative New Hampshire-based companies like Brayton Energy and Creare, LLC receive nearly $4 million in federal funding for their energy efficiency projects through the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. This funding will allow our state to continue to become a pioneer in energy efficiency technology that reduces our dependence on fossil fuels, advances our clean energy economy, and creates New Hampshire jobs. This is great news for New Hampshire and the future of our energy economy."

Candidate's Facebook Page, 2019

"We must stop off-shore drilling dead in its tracks and safeguard our coastal environment and economy. I'm proud to have supported legislation to do just that in the House."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Chris is a staunch supporter of developing New Hampshire's renewable energy portfolio. On the Executive Council, he has worked to secure investments for solar, wind, biomass, hydro, and geothermal projects across New Hampshire. As renewable energy technology improves and New Hampshire attracts more jobs in solar, Chris knows we must maintain incentives and tax credits to nurture the clean energy revolution that is underway."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"New Hampshire students have one of highest burdens of student loan debt as the cost of college continues to skyrocket. Parents working to put their kids through college or students paying their own way should not be saddled with unbearable debt.

"Chris will work to make college more affordable and to ensure it is within reach of each and every student, regardless of their zip code or family income. In Congress, Chris will:

  • "Support tuition-free education at community colleges and public universities which will unleash the potential of every student, help rebuild the middle class, and stimulate our economy
  • "Support universal pre-K to help close the opportunity gap that exists for too many New Hampshire families
  • "Stand up to Betsy DeVos and those who wish to siphon money from our public schools and give it to private and religious schools
  • "Support efforts to lower student loan interest rates and expand Pell grants
  • "Support the expansion of job training, continuing education, and apprenticeship programs to meet our nation's current and emerging workforce challenges"

Other, 2018

We've been hurt by the tariffs that have been slapped on goods coming into this country. Businesses have seen their costs escalate ... I think we should always be looking for more calm and collected trade talks as opposed to a really haphazard system of tariffs that creates uncertainty and makes business more expensive for New Hampshire companies and also for consumers."

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Candidate's Website, 2019

"This summer, after carefully reviewing Special Counsel Mueller's report and his testimony to Congress, I said it was imperative that Congress continue its oversight work by opening a formal impeachment inquiry. Recent allegations that the President and his Administration withheld military aid from the Ukraine, asked a foreign government to interfere in our presidential election, and blocked a whistleblower complaint about that effort underscore many times over the need for continued oversight.

"The President has openly admitted he talked to the leader of the Ukraine as part of an effort to thwart a political rival in the upcoming election. This is chilling news that should spur a bipartisan response to uphold the rule of law.

"As the Inspector General has stated, we are dealing with a national security matter of 'urgent concern.' Opening an inquiry will allow Congress to put all the facts on the table so we can proceed expeditiously to protect national security and our democracy. While this process develops, I will maintain my focus on the many concerns of the people of New Hampshire and how we can work together in Congress to address them."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2019

"Yesterday I met with @RepSamGraves, the Ranking Republican on the Transportation Committee. Members from both parties are eager to get to work on the committee & hope the President will join us in supporting a comprehensive infrastructure bill this session."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"In Congress, Chris will:

  • "Fight efforts to privatize the VA
  • "Hold VA leadership accountable and work to implement recommendations to streamline bureaucracy and increase access to care
  • "Fight for a full service VA facility in New Hampshire while developing better community-based care for veterans
  • "Work to make the Veterans Choice program permanent and attract more providers to participate"

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2020

"We must safeguard our democracy with expanded early voting and a no-excuse, vote-by-mail option that can be scaled up in such a crisis."

Other, 2018

"Every candidate [including Chris Pappas] said they would vote to declassify marijuana from its current schedule 1 illegal drug status"

Other, 2018

We've got to stop these efforts that are seeking to privatize it or to means-test benefits. I think those are very dangerous strategies that are going to erode the program over time."

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2019

"'I'm signing onto legislation that would create a public option on the exchange and also legislation that would lower the eligibility age for Medicare,' he said. 'I would like to see people that are near retirement age be able to buy in to the program.'"

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2018

"Americans repudiated divisiveness & partisanship in November, yet here we are on the verge of a #TrumpShutdown of the government over an absurd border wall that doesn't even have majority support. January can't come soon enough."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2018

"We need to tackle the opioid crisis head-on with additional resources and support for local emergency responders and the recovery community. As a member of Congress, I'll continue to fight for the increased investments that our state desperately needs."

Candidate's Website, 2020

"In Congress, Chris is working to create economy opportunity by ... Fighting efforts to privatize Social Security and Medicare and working to strengthen these programs that are essential to the health and well-being of current and future retirees"

Other, 2018

"I also don't support raising the retirement age, because I think that hits working people at a much greater rate, and I think we've got to be cognizant of those people that work hard their entire lives and the benefits that should be there for them."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Chris supports universal healthcare and will work to ensure everyone has quality, affordable health care coverage. The Affordable Care Act was a significant step forward, and we must stop Republican attempts to sabotage it and repeal it outright."

WMUR, 2018

"We need to say loudly and clearly that Russia is an adversary and not a friend of democracy, human rights, and American interests. Russia attacked the United States during the 2016 election, and we remain vulnerable to future attacks and manipulation. Our entire intelligence community is in agreement that Russia engaged in cyber-attacks in support of President Trump to sway the results of the election. We need to empower our investigators to get to the bottom of this hack of our democracy, impose tough sanctions and other punishments to deter Russia and any other hostile foreign actors from engaging in that type of behavior, and protect our elections from future hacking attempts."

Other, 2020

"But I think we do need a more robust debate around climate issues, including a proposal like a carbon tax. It's not an idea that I've signed on to at this point in time. But I think it needs to be part of the full discussion."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2018

"The President's decision is a serious mistake and unravels the only diplomatic means we have to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon"

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Climate change is not only real, it is an existential threat to the future of our planet, and we must take bold action to prevent its economic and environmental impacts here and around the globe. As this President implements policies that desecrate our environment, open spaces, air, and coastlines, Chris believes we must forcefully resist. Trump's decision to pull us out of the Paris Climate Agreement is a dangerous step that takes us backwards in our fight to curb emissions; his decision to end the Clean Power Plan undermines strategies to reduce emissions and harms air quality in New Hampshire. Proposals to allow private companies to drill for oil off the coast of New Hampshire are equally reckless and irresponsible."

Voting Record

H R 5376 (2021)

"Build Back Better Act," a roughly $2.2 trillion spending package covering everything from universal public preschool, to child tax credits, to paid family and medical leave, to tax credits for electric cars and solar panels. The bill would also impose a 15% corporate minimum tax, a 15% minimum tax on foreign corporate profits, and other tax and IRS reforms.

H R 1319 (2021)

"American Rescue Plan Act," providing funding related to COVID-19 as well as other priorities. For example, this bill provides for emergency rental assistance, raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour, provides one-time $1,400 payments to individuals, etc.  The Senate removed the $15 minimum wage increase, due in part to concerns this would violate budget process laws.

H R 3755 (2021)

Limits state restrictions on abortion.  For example, this bill prohibits limitations on abortions pre-viability.

H R 1 (2021)

Federal voting rights bill covering many diverse areas.  This bill requires states to allow same-day voter registration, offer two weeks of early voting, expand opportunities to vote by mail, etc.

H R 3233 (2021)
Establishes the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex.
H R 5314 (2021)

Protecting Our Democracy Act, intended to prevent abuses of presidential power and combat foreign election interference. Among other things, the bill would make White House visitor logs and salary information publicly available, prohibit self-pardons, prohibit the acceptance of foreign or domestic emoluments, require federal campaign reporting of foreign contacts, require presidential candidates to release tax returns, etc.

H R 1065 (2021)
Requires employers with more than 15 employees to provide "reasonable accommodations" for pregnant employees.
H R 5746 (2021)

Implements certain election procedures across the states, such as automatic and same-day registration, vote-by-mail, and early voting. This bill also increases federal oversight of state voting laws.

H R 6 (2021)

Allows illegal/undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to seek legal status. This bill incorporates provisions of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program into federal law.

H R 8 (2021)
Requires a background check for nearly every gun sale or transfer, particularly between private individuals.
H R 1446 (2021)

Extends the time to complete a federal background check, from three to ten days.  At the time of this bill's submission, a licensed seller can transfer a firearm to a purchaser after three days even if the background check is not complete.

H R 4 (2021)

Increases federal oversight of state voting laws. In particular, this bill reestablishes "preclearance," which requires the Department of Justice to approve any changes to state voting laws to ensure they do not discriminate against voters based on race.

H R 1280 (2021)
Law enforcement reform bill drafted by Democratic representatives. Among many provisions, this bill would establish a federal registry of police misconduct complaints and disciplinary actions, restrict qualified immunity for police officers, require state and local law enforcement agencies that receive federal funding to adopt anti-discrimination policies and training programs, prohibit no-knock warrants in federal drug investigations, and so on.
H R 842 (2021)

Overhaul of federal labor laws. For example, this bill bars employers from retaliating against unionization efforts, overrides state Right-to-Work laws, lowers the bar for contractors to prove they are employees under federal law, etc.

H R 3684 (2021)

Bipartisan federal infrastructure investment bill, covering highways, water infrastructure, broadband, passenger rail, electric vehicle charging stations, and more.

H R 51 (2021)
Admits Washington, D.C. as a state.
H Res 24 (2021)

House impeachment charging President Trump with a pattern of "efforts to subvert and obstruct" the completion of the 2020 election and "inciting violence," referring to the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

H R 5 (2021)

"Equality Act," prohibiting discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For example, the bill prohibits an individual from being denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual's gender identity.

H Res 72 (2021)
Removes Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House Budget Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee.
H R 3005
Removes the bust of former Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney from the U.S. Capitol building and replaces it with a bust of former Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall.
H R 3884 (2020)

Decriminalizes marijuana, with related criminal justice reforms.

H R 6395 (2020)
A defense spending bill, including various defense contracts, a pay raise for the military, and renaming some military military bases that were named after Confederate military figures.
H R 8015 (2020)

Sends $25 billion to the U.S. Postal Service, suspends changes in their service, and requires the USPS to tread election mail as first class mail.

H R 7120 (2020)
Sweeping law enforcement reform bill, eliminating some legal protections for law enforcement officers, restricting the use of deadly force and chokeholds, tracking police misconduct data, and more.
H R 6074 (2020)

Authorizes emergency spending related to the coronavirus outbreak. Forexample, this bill provides funding for vaccine research and small business disaster loans.

H R 133 (2020)

General government budget bill including various coronavirus-related funding. The coronavirus-related funding includes emergency rental assistance, funding for vaccine distribution, an additional $300 per week for unemployment benefits, and individual payments of $600 per person.

H R 6800 (2020)

$3 trillion coronavirus-related stimulus bill that builds on the CARES Act, H R 748. This bill includes another $1,200 for every American and expands the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), among other funding.

H R 266 (2020)

Adds more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which offers forgivable loans for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

H R 6201 (2020)

Requires free coronavirus testing, regardless of insurance coverage, and requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide two weeks of paid sick leave if an employee is quarantined, experiencing symptoms, or caring for a family member. Employers will get a tax credit to offset costs. This bill also expands unemployment grants to help states cover higher unemployment claims and expands funding and eligibility for various food programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

H R 9051 (2020)
Increases the individual COVID-19 relief checks from $600 to $2,000.
H R 535 (2020)

Requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

S J Res 68 (2020)

Directs the U.S. President to stop the use of armed forces in Iran unless authorized by Congress.

H R 268 (2019)
Democratic bill to end the government shutdown and fund the government through September 2019. The bill does not include $5.6 billion for a border wall, but includes $14 billion in disaster relief funding.
H J Res 31 (2019)
Final 2019 federal budget bill, including $1.4 billion for 55 miles of physical barrier on the border with Mexico, $415 million for humanitarian relief at the border, $12 billion for disaster relief, and $3.3 billion for highway and bridge infrastructure.
H Res 755 (2019)

Impeaches President Donald Trump, leading to a trial in the U.S. Senate

H R 3 (2019)

Directs the federal government to negotiate drug prices for Medicare directly with pharmaceutical companies and caps out-of-pocket costs for Medicare part D enrollees.

H R 3239 (2019)

Establishes standards for Custom and Border Protection's care of detainees, including an initial health screening.

H R 986 (2019)

Blocks a Trump administration policy that would give states greater flexibility to allow short-term and association health care plans.  Those plans would not have to meet the same requirements as originally laid out under the Affordable Care Act.

H Res 660 (2019)

Resolution continuing the impeachment inquiry related to President Donald Trump.

H J Res 46 (2019)

Ends the national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border declared by President Trump.

H R 5 (2019)

Adds sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity to federal anti-discrimination laws.

H R 8 (2019)
Requires a background check for all firearm sales, including private sales that do not take place through a licensed dealer.
H R 1112 (2019)

Extends the time period for authorities to complete a federal firearms background check. At the time of this bill's submission, if a background check is not completed within three days, the seller may go ahead and sell the firearm.

H R 4 (2019)

Increases federal oversight of state voting laws.

H R 4617 (2019)

Establishes a duty to report foreign election interference, adds restrictions to online campaign advertising, and adds restrictions on election-related spending by foreign entitites.

H R 6 (2019)

Offers a path to citizenship for illegal/undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, as well as some other immigrants whose countries of origin are experiencing ongoing armed conflict, natural disasters, or other extraordinary conditions.

H Amdt 398 (2019)

Prohibits federal law enforcement from interfering in states that legalize recreational marijuana.

H R 582 (2019)

Gradually raises the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

H R 1585 (2019)
Reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which contains victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. For example, VAWA authorizes federal grants for rape prevention programs. The 2019 version of VAWA passed by the House includes a provision to block stalkers, former boyfriends, and dating partners - no just marriage partners - from possessing firearms.
H R 1644 (2019)
Restores the Open Internet Order of the Federal Communications Commission, which would reinstate net neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers from slowing internet content.
H R 9 (2019)

Requires the U.S. to remain in the Paris climate agreement beyond 2020.

S J Res 7 (2019)
Prevents the U.S. from fighting in or assisting in Yemen's civil war.
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