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US House NH District 1

Voting Record

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 1065 (2021)
Requires employers with more than 15 employees to provide "reasonable accommodations" for pregnant employees.
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 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 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 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 3233 (2021)
Establishes the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex.
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 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 R 51 (2021)
Admits Washington, D.C. as a state.
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 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 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 Res 72 (2021)
Removes Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House Budget Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee.
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Position on Issues

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."

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, 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, 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."

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, 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

"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

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

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 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

"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, 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."

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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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, 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 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"

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, 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."
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