Carol's Legislative Highlights

CLEAN, TRANSPARENT CAMPAIGN FINANCING:

  • Unlike her opponent, Carol DOES NOT ACCEPT CORPORATE PAC OR DC LOBBYIST CONTRIBUTIONS to her campaign.  Her vote cannot be bought by special interests and the corporate sector.
  • Carol has cosponsored the FAIR ELECTIONS NOW ACT, which would implement public financing of elections for those candidates who can gather enough voter support.  If enacted, this would mean that the people would have the same voice in choosing a candidate as the wealthy and powerful.  It would mean that Members of Congress could do their jobs, instead of constantly dialing for dollars.
  • Carol also cosponsored and voted for the DISCLOSE ACT, which passed the House on June 24, 2010, and would have provided tough new disclosure rules to require certain groups to reveal who was funding their election activity.  The bill required CEOs of 501(c)4’s to appear in their ads and approve their messages, just like candidates do.  It banned foreign-controlled corporations from putting money in US elections. The bill stalled in the Senate in 2010, but she is again a cosponsor the re-introduced DISCLOSE ACT in the 113th Congress.
  • Carol FAVORS RE-IMPOSING REASONABLE LIMITS ON CAMPAIGN SPENDING AND CONTRIBUTIONS by amending the Constitution to grant Congress and the states the power to regulate money in federal elections and in-kind equivalents in state elections, and also to clarify the authority of Congress and the States to regulate corporations. Congress must be able to regulate corporate donations to candidates, spending in elections, and political advertising in elections. Since 2010 we have seen the results of the Supreme Court’s destructive Citizens United decision, which has unleashed unlimited money from wealthy individuals and Super PACs and other special interest organizations to keep campaigns alive that the people did not support, and to try to buy their chosen candidates.  Shouldn’t it be the people who choose the candidates?  Isn’t that what the Founders intended? 
  • Carol supports universal voter registration and opposes all barriers to universal registration.  She is a cosponsor of HR12, the VOTER EMPOWERMENT ACT of 2013, which would amend the federal criminal code to prohibit hindering, interfering with, or preventing voter registration.

 

GROWING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING THE ECONOMY

Though private sector job growth has been steady, to pull ourselves the rest of the way out of the economic downturn, we must make large investments in our people and infrastructure. Not only will this strengthen the economy, it will create jobs and make needed investments in our future. 

  • Carol voted for the STIMULUS (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), which saved the economy from a depression, according to most economists. See http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-28/blinder-zandi-say-u-s-bailouts-likely-averted-a-depression.html
  • Carol VOTED TO SAVE THE US AUTO INDUSTRY, which has recovered, re-hired its laid-off workers and then some, and has paid the government back for the loan. 
  • Carol voted CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES TO PREVENT CORPORATIONS FROM SHIPPING JOBS OVERSEAS at US taxpayer expense (HR 1586, 111th Congress; now law).  She is a cosponsor of the Bring Jobs Home Act of 2013 to grant business taxpayers a tax credit for relocating a foreign located business to the U.S. and to deny a tax deduction for outsourcing expenses for relocating a U.S. business to another country.
  • Carol voted for “MAKE IT IN AMERICA” bills to strengthen American manufacturing and industry and create good jobs. See  http://www.democraticwhip.gov/makeitinamerica.
  • Carol voted for the INNOVATION AGENDA legislation, which invested $31 billion in science, technology, innovation, math education, cutting-edge research, advanced manufacturing technologies, and workforce training.
  • Carol cosponsored the NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT BANK Act, which would facilitate efficient investments and financing of infrastructure projects and new job creation through the establishment of a National Infrastructure Development Bank.
  • Carol cosponsored HR 1010, the FAIR MINIMUM WAGE ACT, which would increase the minimum wage in  three steps, from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. The rate will then be indexed to inflation each year thereafter.  
  • Carol is a cosponsor of the AMERICAN JOBS ACT OF 2013, which would restore the Making Work Pay tax credit, provide a tax break to encourage the hiring of unemployed veterans, etc.
  • Carol authored and introduced the Rewarding The Training Of Employees For American Manufacturing (Rewarding the TEAM) Act of 2014, which provides a TAX CREDIT FOR MANUFACTURERS FOR EMPLOYEE TRAINING EXPENSES, including course work, certification testing, and essential skill acquisition.

 

PROTECTING WOMEN’S RIGHTS:

  • Carol is PRO-CHOICE.  She views reproductive rights under the umbrella of the general right to privacy.  She believes the government must stay out of personal life decisions, and this includes medical and end-of-life decisions, and all reproductive decisions.  Women have the right to make their own decisions about their reproductive lives, without government intrusion or interference. 
  • Carol cosponsored and voted for the LILLY LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT, now law, to restore the rights of women and other workers to challenge unfair pay—to help close the wage gap where women earn 78 cents for every $1 a man earns in America.  She also cosponsored and voted for the PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT of 2009, which passed the House on 1/9/09. This bill would make it easier for workers to challenge wage discrimination in court.  Unfortunately it did not become law. She is again an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2013.
  • Carol cosponsored and voted for the VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN REAUTHORIZATION ACT, which became law on 3/7/13. The law strengthens the prosecutorial and enforcement tools available to hold perpetrators accountable. It also improves the criminal justice response to sexual assault and continues evidence-based practices for reducing domestic violence homicides and preventing violence against our nation’s children, teens, and young adults. 

 

PRESERVING ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS

  • SOCIAL SECURITY is the foundation of retirement security, and CAROL OPPOSES ANY CUTS THAT WOULD REDUCE THIS ESSENTIAL INCOME FOR SENIORS NOW OR IN THE FUTURE.  The program is structurally sound, and merely needs tweaking. Carol also opposes privatizing this program, wholly or in part, as too risky.  Market-based pensions and savings have plunged in value recently while Social Security income has remained stable.
  • MEDICARE:  CAROL OPPOSES PRIVATIZING MEDICARE, WHOLLY OR IN PART; it will not address skyrocketing costs, will burden seniors with those costs, will reduce access to needed care, and will place seniors’ health at risk.  Carol voted to negotiate the price of prescription drugs (2007) and has cosponsored a new bill to do this. She worked on and voted for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which gives seniors on Medicare access to free preventive care, and her language in the ACA is closing the prescription drug “donut hole.” 
  • MEDICAID currently provides 40% of nursing home and long-term care services.  Carol FAVORS MAINTAINING FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR STATE MEDICAID PROGRAMS.  She does not believe they should be privatized, contracted out, or turned into block grants to the states. She believes we need to develop a comprehensive insurance system to cover those who need long-term care.

 

A SAFE CLEAN ENVIRONMENT AND A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

  • Carol voted for the OMNIBUS PUBLIC LAND MANAGEMENT ACT, the most significant conservation bill in 15 years, strengthening tourism and rural economies with more than 2 million new acres of wilderness and parks. (signed into law 3/30/09)
  • Carol voted for the AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT, historic legislation to help free us from funding terrorism with our dependence on foreign oil; reduce the carbon pollution causing climate change; keep costs low for Americans; would not increase the deficit.  The legislation stalled in the Senate.
  • Carol cosponsored and voted for H.R. 6, CREATING LONG-TERM ENERGY ALTERNATIVES FOR THE NATION (CLEAN) ENERGY ACT OF 2007, which contained the first increase in fuel economy standards in over 30 years, and invested in American-made alternative fuels.  It is estimated that by 2030, H.R. 6 could reduce US daily oil consumption by 4 million barrels a day.  H.R. 6 became the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and was signed into law.
  • In the 113th Congress, Carol has voted against prioritizing oil and gas development on public lands and national waterways, against expediting permitting processes for cross-border oil and natural gas pipelines as well as electric transmission lines, and against weakening or eliminating the environmental review process.
  • She opposes Northern Pass in NH unless the lines are buried.

 

EXTENDING AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE TO ALL

  • Carol worked on and voted for the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, landmark legislation putting American families and small business owners—not the insurance companies—in control of their own health care. The law allows young adults up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ policies; gives seniors free preventive care; requires coverage of people with pre-existing conditions and ends disciminating against women by overcharging them for the “pre-existing condition” of being a woman; prevents insurance companies from denying care and coverage through annual or lifetime caps or errors on application forms; and strengthens Medicare and closes the prescription drug “donut hole.” 
  • In the 113th Congress, Carol worked to oppose Anthem’s narrow hospital network in NH, and her pressure SUCCEEDED IN BRINGING NOT JUST ONE, BUT FIVE COMPETING HEALTH CARE PLANS TO NH for next year.
  • Carol reintroduced the MEDICAL BANKRUPTCY FAIRNESS ACT in 2014.  Her legislation would protect up to $250,000 of the value of a family’s home should they be forced into bankruptcy because of an unexpected illness or lack of health care coverage.
  • Carol voted for the RYAN WHITE HIV/AIDS TREATMENT EXTENSION ACT, to guarantee access to lifesaving medical services, primary care, and medications for low-income patients with AIDS and HIV.

 

IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR CHILDREN:

Carol is committed to improving early education and increasing the accessibility and affordability of college education, in order to provide our children with the tools they need for a successful future.  Education is the key to prosperity in this country, and investing in education will strengthen our middle class and drive our economy forward by making us more competitive in the global economy.

  • HEAD START: The Head Start program, which has been around since the 1960s, provides a solid foundation for at-risk children and improves their ability to succeed in school and in life.  Carol cosponsored and was a Senate/House conferee on the Improving Head Start Act of 2007 (H.R. 1429).  The reauthorized Head Start made 10,000 more preschoolers eligible to participate. 
  • HIGHER EDUCATION: Carol worked on and voted for STUDENT AID & FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT (enacted in 2010), which made the largest investment in college aid in history – increasing Pell Grants, making college loans more affordable, and strengthening community colleges – while reducing the federal deficit by ending wasteful student loan subsidies to banks.
  • Carol took action to protect UPWARD BOUND, a program that helps prepare low-income, first-generation, and minority high school students for the challenges of college. She prevented President Bush’s Department of Education from implementing a change that would have harmed the program. She was honored with an award from the UNH Upward Bound program for her work.

 

KEEPING OUR CHILDREN HEALTHY AND SAFE

  • SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program):  Carol voted to provide HEALTH CARE FOR 11 MILLION CHILDREN—to finally provide cost-effective health coverage for 4 million more children and preserve coverage for 7 million children already enrolled.
  • CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT ACT (CAPTA) of 2010 (PL 111-320):  Carol voted to reauthorize legislation intended to strengthen and support families with children; protect children from abuse, neglect and maltreatment; improve services for victims of and children exposed to domestic violence; improve adoption assistance; and strengthen assistance for abandoned infants.

 

KEEPING OUR PROMISES TO VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

  • Carol is an original cosponsor of the updated GI BILL OF RIGHTS, which fully restores education benefits to veterans and ensures that today’s Iraq and Afghanistan veterans will have the same opportunity to attend college as their grandparents.
  • NH VETERANS:  Back in 2008, Carol authored the VETERANS HEALTH EQUITY ACT, which would provide full in-state access to medical care for New Hampshire’s veterans.  Her initiatives resulted in the Manchester VA Medical Center building a new mental health facility and in contracts for local inpatient care with Concord Hospital. A new Vets Center clinic opened in Conway. Her idea to expand access was incorporated into the Veterans Access to Care Act, now law.
  • Carol voted for the VETERANS ACCESS TO CARE ACT of 2014, which expands access to health care for veterans and achieves the aim of her VETERANS HEALTH EQUITY ACT. Eligible veterans can receive care from eligible private providers and military health care facilities if they're more than 40 miles (in NH, 20 miles) from the closest VA facility and have waited too long—great news, especially for rural veterans.  
  • In 2014 Carol cosponsored legislation, now law, to REPEAL THE REDUCTION IN MILITARY RETIREE BENEFITS for younger veterans.
  • Carol voted for the CAREGIVERS AND VETERANS OMNIBUS HEALTH SERVICES ACT, now law, landmark legislation that provided help to caregivers of disabled, ill or injured veterans, and improved VA health services for women veterans.

 

SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY MEMBERS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY—enacted measures or appropriations:

  • Carol voted to EXPAND TRICARE military health coverage for reserve component members and their families for 180 days prior to mobilization and to prohibit fee increases on TRICARE inpatient care for 2011; amended the FY11 Defense bill to prohibit TRICARE increases for 2012. In 2014 she voted in the House to prevent TRICARE fee increases and commissary closures.
  • TOXIC BURN PITS PROHIBITION:  Carol amended the FY10 Defense Authorization to prohibit the use of open-air “burn pits” for hazardous waste disposal in war zones. There is evidence that some who were exposed to the dangerous toxins released have become ill or have died.  In the FY14 Defense bill, now law, she expanded the list of prohibited wastes, and in the House FY15 Defense bill, she reformed and tightened burn pits oversight.
  • Carol’s FY10 Defense bill amendment held reckless defense contractors accountable if they endanger our troops through gross negligence.
  • Carol authored a bill, now law, to PREVENT THE GOVERNMENT FROM COLLECTING DEBTS AGAINST THE FAMILIES OF SOLDIERS KILLED IN COMBAT or who died from combat injuries.
  • Carol supported the WOUNDED WARRIOR ASSISTANCE ACT, which provides our returning soldiers with better access to services, counselors, and patient advocates.  She also supported legislation to better address traumatic brain injury (TBI), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide prevention, as well as to extend eligibility for health and rehabilitation benefits.
  • In the FY14 Defense Appropriations Act, Carol secured funds to EXPAND AN INNOVATIVE MILITARY MEMBER THERAPEUTIC SERVICE-DOG-TRAINING PROGRAM that is designed to be a safe, effective, non-drug intervention to treat the symptoms of PTSD and TBI.
  • NH NATIONAL GUARD: 
    • Carol secured funding for NH’s Full Cycle Deployment Support Program, a Yellow Ribbon program for military members and their families that supports them before, during, and after deployment. Our National Guard families do not live on bases where support is provided.
    • Carol has successfully supported bringing the new KC-46A refueling tanker to Pease, which will be the Air Force’s first Air National Guard-led KC-46A main operating base. Previously, she secured almost $9 million in funding to build a new facility for the WING Headquarters facility and $10 million to help the 157th Air Refueling Wing consolidate its components into a single building, thus improving its overall efficiency.
  • PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD: 
    • One of Carol’s top priorities has been to ensure that our Shipyard, which is doing stellar work for our nation’s defense, remains on the cutting edge and to protect the jobs of the nearly 5,000 people who work there. She secured funds over $35 million for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which has helped ensure the long-term viability of the Shipyard and the continued growth of our Seacoast communities. 
    • Carol voted against any base closures (BRAC) in the FY14 and FY15 Defense bills, further protecting our Shipyard.

 

PROTECTING OUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY:

America must be vigilant, but not bullying; alert, but not fearful; careful, but not liberty-trampling. These attitudes have given us the freest nation in the world, and the next generation deserves the same gift of freedom.  To do this, the United States Constitution and the rule of law must be upheld.

  • Like most Granite Staters, Carol does not support a national ID card, and OPPOSES THE REAL ID Act.
  • Unlike Frank Guinta, Carol believes that what you read at your local library should be private unless there’s a warrant.  Also unlike her opponent, she BELIEVES THAT FACEBOOK AND EMAIL PASSWORDS ARE PRIVATE AND NOT THE BUSINESS OF EMPLOYERS.  Employers should have no right to peak into our private communications.  She’s a cosponsor of both the Email Privacy Act and the Password Protection Act.
  • Carol OPPOSES THE MASS COLLECTION OF RECORDS OF INNOCENT AMERICANS, and has cosponsored the LIBERT-E Act, to provide for greater accountability and transparency in the implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.  She also cosponsored the USA Freedom Act to rein in the dragnet collection of data by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other government agencies.
  • Carol believes Americans have a right to make personal, medical, end-of-life or lifestyle decisions without government interference. This falls under our right to individual privacy.  She voted to repeal the DON’T ASK DON’T TELL policy at the Department of Defense, which was discriminatory and an invasion of the right to privacy.
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