Senator Ayotte Committee Assignments Definition

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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Pro-life important for Supreme Court nominee, but not litmus: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-life, with exceptions for rape, incest, and emergency: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes both federal abortion funding & judicial activism: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Repeal state gay marriage law; don't repeal DOMA: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Reforms should lower costs and improve quality: Opposes topic 5
Opposes government-run healthcare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Open to raising the retirement age for younger workers: Favors topic 6
Rated 3% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Support school choice, charter schools, and home schooling: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-3 points on Social scale)
Highway spending priority over commuter rail: Favors topic 8
Rated 23% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Tough-on-crime prosecutor: Strongly Favors topic 9
Prosecuted first N.H. capital murder cases in over 60 years: Strongly Favors topic 9
Death penalty needed when police officers killed: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports capital punishment for certain crimes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Death penalty for killing police officers: Favors topic 9
Rated 73% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
No gun restrictions except terrorist watch lists: Favors topic 10
Passionate supporter of individual right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce corporate tax rate; it's world's 2nd highest: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Eliminate death tax once and for all: it's double taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Adopt a single-rate tax system: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
Stop the dangerous flow of illegal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
I support English as the language of our country: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Supports Arizona law against illegal immigration: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 88% by the USAE, indicating support for trade engagement: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty: Strongly Favors topic 14
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty: Favors topic 14
Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel: Favors topic 14
No transfers of Gitmo prisoners to US or abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
There are still terrorists who want to kill us: Strongly Favors topic 15
Support members of military when they return from overseas: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
End earmarks; post donations online: Strongly Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
Husband is an Iraq war veteran: Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Responsibly tap U.S. reserves of natural gas and oil: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Responsibly expand domestic gas and oil: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Global warming is real, but should not cost jobs: Opposes topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low: Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Marijuana is illegal; I won't support medical use: Strongly Favors topic 19
Enforce our drug laws: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Wrong philosophy to raise taxes during difficult economy: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Disapprove of increasing the debt limit: Opposes topic 20
Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record: Opposes topic 20
Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans: Opposes topic 20


                                                                                                                                                                               
  







Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Ayotte.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ayotte is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Ayotte sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ayotte was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Ayotte sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (22%)Armed Forces and National Security (18%)Health (16%)International Affairs (10%)Economics and Public Finance (10%)Transportation and Public Works (9%)Labor and Employment (7%)Science, Technology, Communications (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Ayotte’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Ayotte’s VoteVote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea On the Nomination PN4: Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General
Apr 23, 2015. Nomination Confirmed 56/43.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Yea On the Nomination PN192: Regina McCarthy, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Jul 18, 2013. Nomination Confirmed 59/40.
Yea On the Nomination PN5: Patty Shwartz, of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit
Apr 9, 2013. Nomination Confirmed 64/34.
Yea On the Resolution of Ratification Treaty Doc. 112-7
Dec 4, 2012. Resolution of Ratification Rejected 61/38.
Yea S. 1925 (112th): Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012
Apr 26, 2012. Bill Passed 68/31.
Yea H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Yea H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 17, 2011. Joint Resolution Passed 87/13.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Dec 2016, Ayotte missed 21 of 1,645 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is on par with the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2011 Jan-Mar4612.2%57th
2011 Apr-Jun5811.7%30th
2011 Jul-Sep4900.0%0th
2011 Oct-Dec8211.2%42nd
2012 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2012 Apr-Jun10900.0%0th
2012 Jul-Sep2813.6%59th
2012 Nov-Dec5000.0%0th
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9200.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun7611.3%34th
2013 Jul-Sep4300.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec8022.5%62nd
2014 Jan-Mar9300.0%0th
2014 Apr-Jun12375.7%68th
2014 Jul-Sep5400.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec9600.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar13500.0%0th
2015 Apr-Jun8511.2%43rd
2015 Jul-Sep5200.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec6711.5%44th
2016 Jan-Mar3800.0%0th
2016 Apr-Jun7911.3%42nd
2016 Jul-Sep34411.8%79th
2016 Nov-Dec1200.0%0th

Primary Sources

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Kelly Ayotte is pronounced:

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