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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."

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